Kris Goodrich: Hugs, smiles and inspiration for young families

by Linda Hubbard on November 6, 2009

For over 20 years, Kris Goodrich’s passion for working with families and young children has brought knowledge and inspiration to local families through her work as Director of  The Child and Family Research and Training Institute which provides  educational programs ranging from infant/toddler/mom Mornings in the Meadow (pictured) to offerings geared to tweeners – all  presented in a playful, spiritual setting.

Kris co-founded the CFI in 1986 with Josetta Walsh, whose imprint on the organization remains strong. The outgrowth of one of Josetta’s  vision – the World Peace Village, which is based on the Golden Rule found in each faith tradition – will be celebrated  next week.  Karen Armstrong, prominent religious scholar, has taken the concept global, gathering inspirational thinkers and leaders from all different faith traditions and crafting the Charter of Compassion, which will make its debut at the CFI Thursday, Nov. 12.

“Kris’ wonderful laugh and spirit is a constant presence,” says Maggie Pringle, who’s been involved with the CFI since its inception. “Her tireless energy based on her strong faith and spirituality has sustained the CFI and has brought it to the point where it is today – waiting lists for all the programs.”

More information about the Charter of Compassion or the CFI’s program is available by calling the Institute at 650-328-2262; the Institute is located at 330 Ravenswood in Menlo Park.

Photo by Chris Gulker

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