Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Tips and Ideas to Keep Your Child Engaged Active and Learning while having FUN!

Summer break is a time to relax, have fun and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of the school year!  Remember to take the time for a break but here are some ideas when you realize the break is just becoming a bit too long and you need something to do!

Check out a list of fun activities and free services over the summer.

Some Quick Ideas:
  • Check out your local library for summer activities
  • City Recreation Catalogs have great activities including camps, sports and classes.  City of Concord, City of Walnut Creek, City of Pleasant Hill.
  • Discover and Go through the local library offers discount tickets to activities.
  • Plan fun science activities at home to incorporate learning, you can learn safe science activities like building your own home volcano.
  • Use scraps from paper towel rolls, scrap paper, etc. and make arts and crafts. 
Tips to make sure your family transitions back to school easily:
  • Make sure staying up late does not get out of control. 
  • Make sure your children still have a consistent wake up time and don't let them sleep in too late. 
  • Keep a consistent routine, meals, and schedules that are a little more flexible than the school year. 
  • Keep the chores routine going and add additional chore routines to practice for the year. 
  • Practice skills over the summer like writing, math and of course reading.
  • Read, read, read! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Former Foster Youth from Contra Costa County In Need

You wouldn't think that people who work in schools would try to buy an RV for a homeless mother, but we are. It would be amazing if you click this link and donate $5. 

She is a former foster youth from Contra Costa County, CA.  She does not use drugs or alcohol and is a loving mother who would do anything to protect and care for her children.  Because her children are young, and have special needs (autism) it has been difficult for her to maintain steady employment.   

The Mt. Diablo HOPE School Social Workers have unturned every stone, but we can't find shelter or stable housing for a family her size (one baby boy, a girl (6) and two boys 7,9).  This is why we are attempting, on our own, to obtain a mobile home / RV for her.   

Funding will cover the cost of a used RV.  It's not ideal, but it will provide temporary shelter until she's back on her feet.   When life is predictable, children have less anxiety and do better in school.    

Even a $1 donation will help to raise awareness, and give her hope.   

Pay it forward.  
Please post this, email, or text your friends to spread the word.

(See the gofundme site to donate HERE)

Yours truly, 

Vivica Taylor, MSW
Derek Wang, LCSW 
James Wogan, LCSW
(Independently of our work with Mt. Diablo Unified HOPE) 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Special Ed Mini Conference Scheduled for Saturday May 16th!

Come join us for the Special Ed. Mini Conference

Saturday May 16th, 2015 8:30 - 12:00

Workshops on Executive Functioning, Google Aps for Education, Behavior Management, The IEP Process, and more. 

Loma Vista Adult Education
1266 San Carlos Ave.
Concord, CA 94518

Workshops for Parents, Teachers, Staff and Community!  Resource Square

For more information click here

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Special Ed Mini Conference RESCHEDULED!


SATURDAY, MARCH 14th the Special Ed. Mini Conference Parenting the Child with Special Needs is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date. 

For more information contact: Hilary Shen, Parent Liaison at (925) 682-8000 ext. 4297 or