Susana and Leo
Through Start at Zero’s Playgroups program, children practice the skills they will need to be successful in kindergarten alongside their parents and caregivers. Susana, with her son Leo, decided to participate in Playgroups because she really wanted him to have more interactions with babies his age. As a result of Playgroups, she shares, “I saw noticeable changes in Leo. He became a lot more social and interactive with other kids and he also started talking more. I watched my son learn and be social, which was amazing.” Susana recommends Playgroups for all children, but believes it is especially important for children that are not enrolled in daycare or an early learning center so that they can have the early learning experiences that are critical to being ready for kindergarten and a lifetime of success.
While Playgroups provide quality early learning experiences for children, they also give parents and caregivers the opportunity to build relationships and engage with one another. Susana explains, “When I started going to Playgroups with Leo, I always thought of it as something that is helping him, but then I started realizing that I was also having connections with other parents and building great friendships as we watched our children grow and learn together.”