Wednesday, Dec 25 2013 06:00 AM

Parks and Rec will offer new child enrichment program

The Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District will offer a new child enrichment program for residents of the Greater Tehachapi Area. "Tehachapi Tots" is an enrichment, preschool program operated by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District, and will replace the former Terrific Tots program.

The program, with its philosophy "to present to children activities that will foster their growth and development, encourage their curiosity, expand their interest, and help them recognize all of their potential," will serve children 18 months through 5 years of age, and be offered as both Parent and Me (18 months to 3 years of age) and the Tots Enrichment (3 to 5 years of age).

Parent and Me classes are designed to involve children and their parents in movement, music, storytelling, and circle time and to prepare children for The Tots Enrichment program, a well-balanced enrichment program that includes exposure to pre-phonics, math, concepts, science, dramatics, motor movement, arts and crafts, and music aimed to enhance social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Activities include supervised play, signing, games, story-time, discussion of themes, special events, physical activity, field trips, and much more.

The new 2014 Tots curriculum is enhanced by new instructors Megan Turk and Kellie Gilbert.

Educator and mother of two young daughters, Megan Turk, will instruct the Parent and Me program. Megan, who received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin states, "I am most excited about all of the growing that can happen at Parent and Me, including the parents, the children and most of all, myself."

Additionally, Kellie Gilbert, the new Tots Enrichment instructor and mother of two daughters, including brand new baby girl Riley, received her bachelor degree from Cal State Long Beach in Arts Education.

Kellie who has taught art and English to 7th and 8th graders states, "What excites me most about being the Tots teacher is being around the kids. My passion is to teach children. It's very rewarding. The highlight of my day at work is when I see a child's eyes light up when they learn or try something new," Kellie stated.

Enrollment is open to the public, and children are admitted to the program without regard to race, color, creed, or sex. The program is offered August through May. Program costs are $35 per month, plus a one time craft fee, for Parent and Me, and $75 per month, plus a one time craft fee, for Tots Enrichment. An additional Out Of District fee is required for residents of Bear Valley and Stallion Springs.

For more information about the Tehachapi Tots program, visit or contact LeAnn Williams, Recreation Supervisor at (661) 822-3228.

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