Play Center

The Arcata Recreation Division with funding form First 5 Humboldt offers programs for families with children newborn to 5 years. Arcata Play Center is invested in Ages and Stages developmental screening. We are proud to use the #1 developmental and social-emotional screeners to give kids a great start in life. Message a facilitator on Facebook about how you and your child can get involved.
During COVID, we are excited to offer you and your little ones a wide variety of opportunities to connect and feel supported. Visit our Facebook page for all our offerings including recorded circle times and other virtually guided activities.

infant massage

An infant’s first language is touch, and massage is a beautiful tool caregivers can use to establish a strong bond and create a healthy attachment. Curriculum will include infant development, infant-parent communication, bonding and attachment, consent, benefits of touch and the massage routine. Funded through a DHHS/First 5 ACEs Collaborative Partnership.
FREE 5-Week Class
Space is limited to four families. Please only register if you can commit to attending all five sessions. Pre-registration required through Arcata Play Center or call (707)825-2150
Dates: September 2-30
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Online information to follow
Facilitator: Elena
                           Stay tuned for future sessions

New Parents Outdoor Group

For new caregivers and infants 0-1 year only
September – December 2020

BEACH BABIES: Mal’el Dunes - Tides permitting1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month OR 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
*Hike with babies in carriers. 10:00 - 11:30 AM

FOREST FRIENDS: Arcata Community Forest (Redwood Park)2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month OR 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month*Blanket Time. 10:00-10:45*Guided Forest Therapy walk with babies in carriers.
10:45 - 11:30 AM

Modifications have been made to ensure compliance with State and County health and safety regulations. Face coverings, physical distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety protocol will be required for staff and participants to ensure everyone’s safety. Additional time will be taken for wellness screenings. Families who have traveled or had visitors from out of the area or had possible exposure to COVID-19 must wait 14 days before attending group.

Funding provided by Arcata Recreation Division and Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services First 5 ACEs Collaborative Partnership

Participation is free and limited to 5 families with infants 0-1 year per session.No walk on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. No walk on Sunday, November 29, 2020.Pre-registration required enroll online or call 707-825-2150.* Be sure to enroll all family members participating including your infant!

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Facilitator: Scarlet Roley IFEC-TMHP, RPF I is founder of Seaside Schoolhouse, a nature based family support service provider since 2012 and has been working to support children and families for over 16 years. She is an ANFT certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Infant Family & Early Childhood Trans disciplinary Mental Health Practitioner and Reflective Practice Facilitator. As a new mother she looks forward to supporting other new parents in these ever changing times.
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