Signals of Support Make a Difference for Parents on Campus


Amber Angel, Program Coordinator at the FRC, was invited to speak at the Aspen Forum on Children and Families, a bipartisan convening meant to spark, inspire, and share ideas and policy recommendations aimed at better supporting children and their families.

Amber spoke about the challenges she faced as a first-generation "older" student, brand new "young" mother, and part-time employee and how juggling all of this impacted her ability to be successful in school. With supports in place at LAVC, it made all the difference in her success.

Check out her blog posting here and engage in the conversation, we'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Posted on August 24, 2017 .

Calling all student parent graduates!

YOU DID IT! Graduation is only two weeks away and we want to celebrate you! Bring your family and come decorate your cap at the Family Resource Center next Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 1pm - 3pm. You bring the cap and kids; we'll provide the paint and snacks! We can't wait to see you walk across that stage! Check out what this recent student parent graduate had to say about what and who helped her finish school! The FRC is here to support you! 

Posted on May 22, 2017 .

The Milestones That Matter Most

Photo Courtesy: Amber Angel

We as parents only want what is best for our children, and often we look to "experts" or "professionals" to tell us what best is. This isn't a bad thing, we reach out to those around us who support our values and offer helpful parenting insight. This article offers a refreshing look at how we measure our children achieving milestones and that they aren't culturally universal. What are your thoughts? 

Posted on May 18, 2017 .

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn

Most of us acknowledge that infants and toddlers learn through their senses and through movement, but as children get older the discussion of how children learn shifts to a more rigorous academic structure. This article is a great reminder that kids of all ages and stages need sensory experiences and big body play everyday. 

Posted on August 19, 2015 .

Such Wise Words...

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I once went to a child development lecture given by somebody famous who spoke a whole hour about what young kids learn from the simple and hard act of waiting. Before I heard him speak, I hadn't really thought about how one seemingly small action could create so many beneficial results. This article says it so well, in such a simple and uncomplicated way.




Posted on August 6, 2015 .

Playgroup Scholarship Fund!


We just received our first very generous donation for playgroup scholarships!!! Our donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, was once a single-mom of two young children, while studying at a community college. She knows first-hand how challenging it was, and how a supportive community around her family would have been a wonderful help.

We are grateful to the college for support, and have been able to keep our fees extremely low (especially in comparison to the community), for some families it's still a hardship. We have set up a fund and will distribute scholarships to LAVC student-parents and then community parents if there are spaces and funds.

Our goal is to build this fund to include everyone who wants to be here! Please, think about making a tax-deductible contribution. A gift of $140 covers the cost of a parent and child for a semester. And remember that if you are a LAVC student, ask for a scholarship application. You deserve it!!!


Posted on June 29, 2015 .

Our very own Emmett in Newsweek Magazine!


We're so proud to be included in this Newsweek article by Emmett's mom, Jennifer. Look at the bottom of the article - and she really did cry when we first made allergy-free playdough!

Emmett and his mom have been coming to our playgroups for over a year and are a wonderful addition to the group. We are happy we have been able to create our activities around Emmett's allergies so that all kids can participate!

Posted on March 9, 2015 .

Creative Activities Playgroup!

Playgroup registration is open!!! In addition to the two playgroups that we have been offering - M/W pm's and T/Th am's - we now have a "Creative Activities Playgroup" on Tuesday afternoon 3:30 - 4:30. 

We've created these sessions to build preschool readiness skills through art, music, sensory, and dramatic play. Circle time will include stories, puppets, and music.

The parent/caregiver attends and stays with the child throughout the session. To register click here; there is an additional $30/materials fee that will be collected at the first session.


Posted on January 7, 2015 .

Family Resource Center Toy and Book Drive


The Holiday season is a time where we reflect on how grateful we are for all we have. During this season of giving we are also reminded of those in need in our own community.

Help us make the holiday season brighter for low-income student parents on the LAVC campus by donating new, unwrapped toys and books for children age 0-14 years. We are asking for donations by Friday, December 19, 2014. 

Posted on December 4, 2014 .

The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K


Although our playgroups focus on children 0-30 months, we often get asked from parents, "What does a quality preschool look like?" This New York Times article argues that the importance of play in early childhood education leads to greater resiliency in later school years. We couldn't agree more with this quote, "Classrooms that pulse with meaningful play are our smartest investment."  

Posted on October 28, 2014 .

Aspen Ascend ThinkXChange




Marni Roosevelt and Gary Huff were so honored to be invited to represent the LAVC Family Resource Center at this amazing event! 

The 2014 Aspen ThinkXChange focused on two-generation approaches to economic mobility and the power of networks to create lasting change. The three-day convening at the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado highlighted the work and ideas of Ascend Network partners and other leaders in the field, while moving toward action.

Posted on October 15, 2014 .

Your presence is enough!


Infant and toddler guru, Magda Gerber, coined the term "wants nothing time" referring to our interactions with children as opportunities for quality time. Our intentions of giving children 'wants nothing time' often gets invaded by our own agenda of what play should look like.

This article is a refreshing reminder that your presence is enough. I find this quote from the article especially significant, "When our attention is not dependent on performances, games, or smiles, children receive powerfully affirming messages: I am interesting. I am competent. I am creative. I am a desirable companion. I am enough."


Posted on October 14, 2014 .

A really great blog to follow


in addition to ours!!!  Sometimes I read someone else's words and realize they have said it better than I could! I find my self checking this site from time to time to see what Janet's thinking and talking about. I especially like Janet's point of view and use many of her videos with our student-interns. They generate lots of rich discussion.

This blogpost especially interests us - we believe so strongly that toddlers have a right to express all of their feelings, and that we have the obligation to allow them to do so. AND…(drumroll please….) we still need to follow through with whatever limit we were giving them. But then again, Janet says it better!

Posted on September 18, 2014 .

Fall playgroups are in full swing!

We are having fun getting to know our new families and interns! Phoenix and Elian are having fun showing our polar bears how to use the stairs to go up, and the slide to go down!

Posted on September 10, 2014 .

Back to school already?

Where did the summer go?

It's hard to believe that it's time for the fall semester to begin here at LAVC.  With that, the Family Resource Center will return to normal operating hours beginning Tuesday, September 2.   Our hours are Monday thru Friday between 9am and 4pm.  Please note that the campus is closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day.

Helpful Tip:  Parking will be extremely difficult to find during the first week of classes.  If you are planning a visit to the Family Resource Center, you may want to wait a week.  We encourage you to call us with any questions you might have prior to visiting the campus.  We can be reached at (818) 778-5612.


Posted on August 29, 2014 .

With all this traffic, back to school carpool?

School starts in two weeks! The first two weeks of the semester, parking is free but don't forget to get your parking passes from the business office.  Here is an updated LAVC Map of the construction that is still going on. See you all in the Fall!

Posted on August 21, 2014 .

Why Is There a Cost for Playgroups?

Actually, the question for five years was, “why is there no cost for these amazing playgroups?”. 

We all had a fantastic ride! We were so fortunate that the College was able to financially support playgroups for students and the community. They know it is a wonderful and important service. 

And now financial times are different at the College. Like every family (or community) we know, there are times we have to pull in… and make tough choices. Though they still value and support us, we must support ourselves and cover the cost of playgroups.

That is no easy task. We ask that you understand and appreciate that we are charging you the absolute least amount of money we can. After a lot of research, we know we are the best deal in town, and hope that we can always keep the fee so low. 

Also - we are always looking for funding sources and writing grants. If any of you have any ideas, connection to foundations, and/or donors, please see Marni.

Posted on July 23, 2014 .

Last chance to enroll for a fall internship

You might be able to tell this is NOT an intern…it’s Mom.

One of the many great things about being an intern in the infant and toddler playgroups, is the connection that students are able to make between theory and practice. We teach that reading is a vehicle to attachment…but how cool to actually SEE it!

Our infant and toddler practicum class, CD 29, is full on-line. But come to the FRC for an add slip. We will be letting in a few extra lucky students!

Posted on July 18, 2014 .