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Change Makers” is one of the newest programs offered by the Child and Family Institute, which has been in Menlo Park for 30 years. It’s described by CFI Director Brooke Larkins as “a service learning program for middle schoolers and their parents.”

Today the parents and kids built a playhouse for a veteran family from Blue Star Moms, aided by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity (green t-shirts).

“I care about our kids doing service from the heart and realizing they have so much to give,” emailed Brooke. [I’m hoping ] if we share our stories of giving back it could have a trickle effect out into our community and inspire others to do something true to their hearts.”

You can read more about Child and Family Institute in this post written on the occasion of its 25th anniversary by early CFI supporter Maggie Pringle.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Nicki Boyd explains why talking to babies matters – and how the product Starling can help parents

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Nicki Boyd, co-founder with two others of Menlo Park start-up VersaMe, admits they came up with the name for the company’s first product, Starling, without knowing the bird of the same name is studied for its advanced linguistic capability. “It was chosen more because a star has a positive connotation across cultures,” she says. After a decade […]

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Parent Education Double Feature: a great movie + a conversation with all 4 school principals & the incoming superintendent!

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There will be a screening of Beyond Measure, the award-winning film from the makers of Race To Nowhere, followed by a panel discussion with the principals of all four Menlo Park schools — Oak Knoll, Encinal, Laurel and Hillview — moderated by incoming district superintendent, Erik Burmeister. It will take place on Monday, March 20, at 6:30 […]

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SCREENAGERS movie screening & community conversation set for March 12

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Trinity Church in Menlo Park is hosting a screening of the documentary, SCREENAGERS, on March 12 at 6:00 pm. It will be followed by community conversation with a panel of parents and teens. All local parents and children over the age of 8 are invited to attend and stay for a conversation after the screening. SCREENAGERS […]

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MPCSD Parent Education Series announces its Winter/Spring line up

Four talks covering a range of interesting, impactful and engaging topics are on tap. All events are free and open to the public and include free childcare and food. Check out the entire lineup online. First up on January 23 at 6:30 pm  is Effective Discipline from Toddlers to Teens presented by Susan Stone Belton, (Coach, Speaker, Author). Learn what discipline really […]

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The Upside of Stress is next M-A Parent Education topic

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On Thursday, April 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, speak at the M-A Parent Education Series on “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress if Good for You and How to Get Good at It.” Seating is limited; register online. While most of us do everything we can to reduce or avoid stress, […]

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Parent ed topic on March 29 is “Helping Young Athletes Reach Their Potential”

On Tuesday, March 29, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the La Entrada Middle School multi-use room, Steve Smith, PhD will give a talk titled “Helping Young Athletes Reach Their Potential.” He will address: Healthy youth sports participation Specialization issues in youth sports Raising balanced kids Peak performance under pressure Goal-setting and the nature of […]

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Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep host New York Times columnist Frank Bruni

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Menlo School in partnership with Sacred Heart Preparatory is presenting a conversation with New York Times columnist and best-selling author Frank Bruni and Denise Pope of Challenge Success about today’s college admissions process. The event, scheduled for Monday, March 21, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Menlo School athletic center, is free and open […]

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Two free anti-bullying workshops for kids 6-16

Two free community anti-bullying workshops aimed to help children and teens overcome the negative impact of bullying are scheduled for Friday, March 18 and Friday, April 1. Students will learn how to identify bullying behavior, realistic ways to avoid being a target of bullying, and how to stop bullying behavior. This workshops are recommended for children ages 6-16 […]

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Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood is topic on 2/24

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The next Menlo Park City School District Speaker series features author Julie Lythcott-Haims. Her topic is Throw Out the Checklisted Childhood. The talk will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 pm at Hillview Middle School. Julie draws on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in […]

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How to master difficult conversations with your teen is parent education topic on Feb. 4

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The next M-A Parent Education Series event is an evening with Eran Magen , PhD (pictured), on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC). You can register here. Trying to offer support when your adolescent seems upset or stressed can feel like tiptoeing through a minefield. In this highly […]

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