Parent to Kid Connection (PKC) Program

FREE Family Workshops from September 2023 through June 2024

Complimentary lunch or dinner provided at all workshops!

This initiative aims to address the needs of parents and children within our communities through parent and child health coaching and museum artist workshops.

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FREE Family Event!

Thursday, June 9, 4-6:30pm

🖼️ Museum Play at 4:00 PM - Explore exhibits and engage in creative play.

🍴 Food at 4:45 PM - Fuel up with delicious snacks and treats.

🗣️ Parenting Tips & Raffle at 5:00 PM - With Dr. Namitha Raju learn valuable parenting insights and enter to win a family membership!

🎨 Paper Tie Dye Workshop at 5:30 PM - Create colorful masterpieces with artist Shawna Molton.

Plus, don't miss out on giveaways and goodie bags to take home! 🎁✨

Closing Party for YAA's exhibit 'MAGIC, MIRTH, AND MORTALITY: Musing On Black Motherhood' meet curator Shawana Brooks

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Tell Your Own Narrative

with Broward Healthy Start Coalition

Tuesday, May 14 at 6pm

Tell Your Own Narrative with Broward Healthy Start Coalition and make untraditional fiber art with artist Kandy Lopez. Parent to Kid Connection (PKC) program provides FREE monthly workshops, accompanied with complimentary food! Each session is a delightful mix of creative play, art-making, and open dialogue, expertly facilitated by parenting specialists and professional artists.

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The importance of Fatherhood

with Samuel Ospina and Jean-Robert Menard from Broward Healthy Start Coalition

Tuesday, April 9 at 12pm

The importance of Fatherhood with Samuel Ospina and Jean-Robert Menard from Broward Healthy Start Coalition. Being a father is not just about providing for your children financially, but also emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Being a father is a 24/7 responsibility that requires commitment, dedication, and love. But how do you become a 24/7 dad? And what are the key behaviors that make a difference in your children’s lives? In this workshop, you will learn about the key behaviors of a 24/7 dad, such as self-awareness, caring for self, fathering skills, parenting skills, relationship skills, and communication skills. You will also discover some practical tips and strategies to apply these behaviors in your daily interactions with your children and co-parents. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and challenges with other fathers, and to ask questions to a qualified facilitator.

Enter the world of Japanese calligraphy with artist Kisen in this unique workshop! Discover the beauty of watercolors through the graceful strokes of the brush as we explore the theme of fatherhood through the enchanting symbol of the seahorse.

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Setting Boundaries in Parenting

with Dr. Namitha Raju from Beautiful Bonds

Art Workshop: with Jill Lefkowitz

Tuesday, March 12 at 6pm

Setting Boundaries in Parenting with Dr. Namitha Raju from Beautiful Bonds. Boundary setting is a critical component of parenting that allows for healthy child development. Join me to explore how to set boundaries so that you can address the, ‘What am I supposed to do?’ moments with confidence.

Artist Jill Lefkowitz will also host a self-portrait making workshop as a tool of communication to tie in with the “Setting Boundaries”.

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Addressing Parental Avoidance

with Early Learning Coalition of Broward

Tuesday, February 13 at 12pm

Addressing Parental Avoidance with Early Learning Coalition of Broward. Parent to Kid Connection (PKC) program provides FREE monthly workshops, accompanied with complimentary food! Each session is a delightful mix of creative play, art-making, and open dialogue, expertly facilitated by parenting specialists and professional artists.

Join us for a delightfully playful experience as David Goboff of Simply Puppets guides you through the creation of the timeless shadow puppet using only your hands and paper! Unleash your imagination as you design and construct your unique character, and later showcase their charm through an entertaining performance.

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Using Play to Build Connection

with Dr. Namitha Raju from Beautiful Bonds

Tuesday, January 9 at 6pm

In this digital age of disconnection, play offers a critical bridge to connect with our kids. Join Certified Master Parent Coach Dr. Namitha Raju of Beautiful Bonds, LLC. to understand why play is critical in parent-kid interactions, why it is hard to incorporate play into our day-to-day lives, and how we can incorporate play into our parenting. 

Join artist Pao for a fun-filled art workshop where kids get to decorate their own small flower pots. Kids will take home their artistically decorated pots along with potting soil and seeds, empowering them to grow and nurture their own plant. It’s a joyful journey of self-expression, creativity, watching their artistry flourish and plant grow!

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Your impact on Child Development: Milestones

with Jean Robert Menard and Bibiana Lancheros from Broward Healthy Start Coalition

Tuesday, December 12 at 12pm

Children grow and change in amazing ways throughout their early years. As a parent, you play a vital role in helping your child develop the skills and abilities that will help them thrive in life. But how do you know what to expect at each stage of development? And how can you support your child’s learning and well-being in a positive and effective way?

In this workshop, you will learn about the key aspects of child development, such as physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth. You will also discover some practical tips and strategies to nurture your child’s potential and resilience. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and challenges with other parents, and to ask questions to a qualified facilitator.

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Understanding the Role of the Nervous System in Parenting

with Dr. Namitha Raju from Beautiful Bonds

Tuesday, November 14 at 6pm

Most of our parenting doesn’t happen from the brain, it happens from our nervous system. To parent effectively, it is important to understand our nervous system. That’s because we cannot change what we don’t understand! Join Certified Master Parent Coach Dr. Namitha Raju of Beautiful Bonds, LLC. to learn more about this new science that can help each of us to understand our kids and ourselves better. 

Unlock you and your child’s creativity with our fun and interactive workshop! Our guest Cartoon Artist Mark Siermaczeski will teach us to transform basic shapes into amazing artworks. From circles to triangles, they’ll learn the magic of turning simple forms into fantastic drawings.

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Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns Parenting

with Allison Metsch from Early Learning Coalition

Tuesday, October 10 at 12pm

The 3Ts – Tune In, Talk More, and Take Turns – a simple, yet powerful tool to help parents make the most of everyday interactions with their children will be shared. The 3Ts do not cost anything and they do not require special training or extra time. Join Allison Metsch, M.S.ED from the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, as she takes you through a deep dive into making the everyday conversations with your child extraordinary.

Artist Jill Lefkowitz will also host a paper bag puppet making workshop as a tool of communication to tie in with the 3Ts. Create puppets of your family members out of paper lunch bags using art supplies such as: markers, yarn, ribbons, feathers, glue, felt, construction paper, crayons and pipe cleaners. The puppet can be taken home and used for storytelling creating a wonderful connection between the parent and the child.

By partnering with organizations across Broward, Parent to Kid Connection (PKC) will host 10 free monthly parent and child group sessions at Young At Art Museum. These sessions explore a unique blend of creative play, art-making, and open dialogue, facilitated by partnering early childhood experts and professional artists. These artists and parents will engage participants creatively in their artistic practice and stories of how motherhood or fatherhood has influenced their body of work. The program focuses on fostering healthy parenting skills, promoting positive mental health practices, encouraging creative approaches to raising families, enhancing communication skills between parents and children, and building lasting community bonds.

Deinhardt Charitable Fund

Kiwanis Club of Fort Lauderdale Charitable Fund

Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund

The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Broward Community Fund

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