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September 17, 2010

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September 17, 2010

This is such a worthwhile and engaging experience for both the child and the parents. Their encouragement of hands on exploration and learning for all kids- whether they have special needs or not is extraordinary.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

That I have seen my own child and the children I work with engaged and excited about the hands on learning experience they receive at Habitot.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

Habitot is a wonderful space for children to explore. There are so many opportunities for children to learn and play with their peers and families. We have had several field trips with the families we work with and their children with special needs. Habitot has a fantastic outreach program for the special needs community and we look forward to our visits every year!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the feedback from the families I work with. They enjoy their time here immensely.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

Habitot is a wonderful space for kids. We have taken groups of special needs kids that we serve (ages 0-3) to Habitot, with no admission fee for the families. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the space is well-organized. There are many activities for the kids.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing children enjoy themselves, interact with others, and learn.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

Habitot is very welcoming to all children and families and has made exemplary efforts to reach out to the special needs community. They have worked with our early intervention agency to set up several free afternoon open playtimes for the children we serve and their families. These events have been an overwhelming success and the families we serve have been so grateful for the opportunity to bring their children to this interactive play environment. Habitot is an exceptional asset for families in the East Bay.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing children with special needs participating in this wonderful community environment.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010

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August 6, 2009

Habitot is a wonderful, safe space for toddlers (and parents) from very diverse backgrounds to come together for fun and learning. Unlike other local play centers that are for-profit, Habitot's servi... more

September 15, 2010

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity Habitot is an amazing safe space for kids to learn and explore... unlike similar places that are for-profit, Habitot welcomes children with all kinds of backgrounds... children with special needs, children of teen parents, diverse families, etc. They also promote community safety through their sessions and the carseat checks they sponsor, sessions on CPR for parents and baby-sitters, bike safety, water safety, etc. An amazing resource for the community!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a parent, community member, and occasional volunteer.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2009

Habitot is a wonderful, safe space for toddlers (and parents) from very diverse backgrounds to come together for fun and learning. Unlike other local play centers that are for-profit, Habitot's services are accessible to families with limited resources through collaborations with community programs. They have a variety of programs to promote child health, safety, and early childhood education.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the hours of operation, and expand and improve the physical setting for Habitot.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

Habitot is a great place for kids to explore and learn. All the exhibits have a lot of thought put into them and are interactive and fun. Habitot provides an enriching learn and play environment and provides programs for toddlers and young children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The happiness on the faces of children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

dressing my 2 year old up as an astronaut

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful and kind

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand to a larger facility.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 6, 2010

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September 6, 2010

Habitot has a wonderful combination of activities for kids up to age 5. We love the water play room- our son absolutely loves to play in water and this space is set up for group and individual water play. The waterproof smocks really do help them stay a little dry. We also love the painting room and the facepainting. Our son loves to sit in front of the mirror and paint his own face (he is only 20 months old). Of course that is usually after he has spend a long time at the rotating exhibit -fire engine, spaceship...with fun costumes to wear and buttons and phones and wheels and seats that all seem so real and exciting to him. Additionally it is a great space for him to spend time around many other children since he is not in childcare yet. It is also wonderful that there are rooms for quiet time and eating as well. The classes that are offered are a bonus. It is a relatively small space which can feel crowded on rainy weekend days but it is plenty of space for a young child and he can run around without getting lost. The layout makes the space feel bigger than it is!

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I personally watched my son's hand eye coordination and his interactive play with other kids improve through our time at Habitot.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

I found out about Habitot from my Nanny when my son Luke was about 18 months old. We have been "regulars" ever since and he's just turned five. Habitot has a fantastic mix of activities for all sorts of kids - including super active ones like my son! Their "standard" mix of activities, like their train table and play store are well done and well suited to young kids, but it's their "unexpected" activities that really won Luke over - like a whole room dedicated to water play, complete with kid size water proof aprons and the wind tunnel! The pièce de résistance is the Space Ship / astronaut play space, with costumes for the kids and a kid perfect play-inside Space Ship. The Ship's instruments are made out of things like old phones and computer keyboards, so the kids can pick of the pieces and push buttons without too much concern about hurting anything. Luke can and has played in that Ship for hours. Habitot also has a few quite spaces for reading and a peanut-free snack and lunch area. All in all, I would say Habitot is well thought out and well run. I'll be sorry when Luke is too old to go there any more!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Great quality play time with my son, in a place where I feel he is learning and playing.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

I first started visiting Habitot with my niece in 2000 and have been going back again and again ever since with my other niece and now my own daughter. They all love the changing exhibits, the wiggle wall, the water room, the market, the art room, the face paints and the wind tunnel. Not only is it a fun place for the kids, it's a great resource for parents. Just the other day they had a water safety instructor from the YMCA in the water room and we plan to visit their upcoming car seat inspection event.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child's enthusiasm for it. Also, the valuable services they've provided and the information available about child development.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

I'm a father of 3 year old twin boys and have watched their curiousity bloom with Habitot's hands-on activities tailored for their developmental stages of being infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It's a perfect place for younger children, where they're able to touch everthing and explore on their own, just with your parental supervision. The size of the museum is fairly small, but considering it's focus on ages 0-5 smaller, children can spend enough time at each area without being rushed. The drop in art studio and waterworks exhibits are family favorities! After seeing the impact on my sons directly, I appreciated the importance of the Museum for all young children and applied to join the Board to further expand Habitot's reach.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The development of my children's curiousity

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the facility to accomidate more children and broaden the target exhibits to include ages 5-9.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The development of curiosity in my children.. they never want to leave and frequently ask to come back

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Patient, Kind and Knowledgable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand from it's current 7000 sq ft facility to something 4-5x the size and include outdoor space and food options

Ways to make it better...

The facility included some outdoor spac

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising support

One thing I'd also say is that...

Habitot is a fantastic place for young children and their families

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Help clean and repair the museum for families during a "Spit & Polish Day"; teach a music class for kids during open hours; help our administrative offices make a dent in data entry (you would be our hero!). Volunteer