Lotus Bloom

Lotus Bloom Lotus Bloom is a network of family resource centers in Oakland, where children ages 0-5 and their caregivers learn, play, gain confidence and find connections to other parents, health resources, education resources.
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Founded in 2006, Lotus Bloom operated in shared space and under the fiscal sponsorship with Oakland Ready to Learn. Today, Lotus Bloom is an independent 501(c)(3) in a new location, operating with an all-volunteer Board of Directors and small part-time staff. Our centers serve over 400 families per year by offering early childhood programs, playgroups, literacy activities, and art programs at four high-need neighborhoods throughout Oakland.

Mission: Lotus Bloom's Mission is to ensure that every caregiver of young children, particularly those facing financial and other barriers, has a support system connecting them to the health, social and learning opportunities that will ensure their child has a strong start in life.

Operating as usual

**RESOURCE ALERT** Financial Assistance is Available NOW for Renters in Oakland from Keep Oakland Housed and partners Ba...
09/16/2020

**RESOURCE ALERT**
Financial Assistance is Available NOW for Renters in Oakland from Keep Oakland Housed and partners Bay Area Community Services (BACS), Catholic Charities East Bay and Centro Legal de la Raza

**ALERTA DE RECURSOS**
La asistencia financiera está disponible AHORA para inquilinos en Oakland de Keep Oakland Housed y sus socios Bay Area Community Services (BACS), Catholic Charities East Bay y Centro Legal de la Raza

With less than 3 weeks left, time is running out to complete your 2020 Census! Your census response helps support crucia...
09/14/2020

With less than 3 weeks left, time is running out to complete your 2020 Census!

Your census response helps support crucial programs children need for their healthy development.

Help make sure every child is counted!

Go to my https://my2020census.gov/ and respond today!

09/11/2020
Afro-Play Weekly Virtual Circle #1: "Black Joy" - 9.8.20

Lotus Bloom is proud to share Afro-Play's weekly virtual circle time!


Theme: "Black Joy" / Adinkra Symbol: Gye W'Ani - "The Joy of Living"

Art Project: "Black Joy" Pom-Pom

Book: "I got the Rhythm" Author: Connie Schofield-Morrison / Illustrator: Frank Morrison



Who We Are: Afro-Play (AfroPlayOakland) is a thematic family playgroup based in Afrocentrism for families of the African Diaspora.



Our Mission: Afro-Play exists to Harambee - a Swahili term meaning “All pull together”. It is our mission to achieve oneness and healing among all black families in the African Diaspora.



What We Do: We honor the Black experience. Afro-Play provides a sacred, supportive intergenerational gathering space for the healing, growth and the socialization of both black children and black parents/caregivers. We strive to help build and maintain authentic relationships organically between families through fun, thoughtful and educational curriculum themes surrounded in Afrocentricity. Our goal is to enlighten and empower black families as one people.



#AfroPlayOakland #Oakland #EastOakland #Circletime #Harambee #AfroPlay #BlackJoy #Joy #GyeWAni #Adinkra #IGotTheRhthym #ConnieSchofieldMorrison #FrankMorrison #RobBase #Pharrell #Happy #AfricanDiaspora #AfroChildren #Family #Vocabulary #Culture #AtHomeWithKids #HomeSchool

AfroPlayOakland's weekly virtual circle #1. Theme: "Black Joy" / Adinkra Symbol: Gye W'Ani - "The Joy of Living" Art Project: "Black Joy" Pom-Pom Book: "I go...

Our Latest Blog Post is all about PLAY"Ultimately, it's not the expensive iPads or large textbooks but the understanding...
09/04/2020

Our Latest Blog Post is all about PLAY

"Ultimately, it's not the expensive iPads or large textbooks but the understanding and bond between the caregiver and child that can make play so great and rewarding in the long run."
- Evan Q., Lotus Bloom Social Media Intern

Evan introduces core learnings about the power of play and the invaluable role of care givers in supporting children's learning and fulfillment, and draws upon his own experiences working with youth to translate Lotus Bloom's evidence-based practices for a fresh and encouraging take on early childhood education and child development.

Check out our blog post: https://bit.ly/331y8Cf

#education #development #teachers #teaching #literacy #children #learning #parenting #socialmedia #school #oakland #oaklandfamilies. #families #quarantine #playbasedlearning #play #talkreadsing #parents #familyfriendneighbors #students

Hi Lotus Bloom Family,   In the spirit of health and wellness we want to share some health tips to improve our lung heal...
08/24/2020

Hi Lotus Bloom Family,

In the spirit of health and wellness we want to share some health tips to improve our lung health during these smokey days.

Here are some natural and easy to access remedies to promote lung and respiratory health.

Check out the list at www.lotusbloomfamily.org/blog

Blog Post written by Rha Bowden, Director of Learning and Community Initiatives

Where does California, your county, or your city rank in the competition to complete the 2020 Census? Check out CensusCh...
08/24/2020

Where does California, your county, or your city rank in the competition to complete the 2020 Census? Check out CensusChallenge.sos.ca.gov to learn more about
the Challenge! #CACensusChallenge

Oakland Starting Smart and Strong
08/21/2020

Oakland Starting Smart and Strong

Calling all Oakland child care providers and caregivers!

Join us Saturday August 29th to get:
* tips from providers who are currently open
* free cleaning kits
*updates from the Alameda County Public Health Dept

We’re here for some real talk about the new normal—get your questions answered by experts, and share tips with your peers. Spots are limited: reserve now.

We’ll be translating in Spanish and Chinese. Visit our website to get flyers in Spanish and Chinese, see the agenda, and register for this free event: bit.ly/OaklandChildCareEvent
AB212 credits available.

#EarlyLearning

Right now, Census takers are braving heat, COVID-19 and smoke to go to door to door to make sure our communities are cou...
08/20/2020

Right now, Census takers are braving heat, COVID-19 and smoke to go to door to door to make sure our communities are counted!

Some quick tips to identify a Census Taker:
1. Valid ID
2. Census Taker's will wear masks, practice social distancing and they won't come into your home
3. Time of Day - between 9am and 9pm

Save our Census Takers a trip to your door by responding to the Census online or over the phone at 2020census.gov

Our third and final post in our "What We're Reading" miniseries is "27 Mistakes White Teachers of Black Students Make an...
08/19/2020

Our third and final post in our "What We're Reading" miniseries is "27 Mistakes White Teachers of Black Students Make and how to Fix Them" by Jay Wemsted, an Atlanta High School teacher. Although the title is hefty and a lot to unpack, Mr. Wemsted outlines several key steps that teachers need to be aware of to make themselves a more socially conscious educator. Recognizing the issue of white privilege and supremacy and its presence in society today is one of the first ways educators can fix their mistakes and approach in teaching. Another important factor is media-based racial isolation, where the only exposure to the Black community is through the media--news or sports that can reinforce negative stereotypes.

At Lotus Bloom, this article was chosen for our staff to read because it identifies issues the BIPOC community faces and identifies the root of where these misunderstandings originate from. As educators who practice and continue learning about social justice, we want to create a safe and conscious learning environment where the community can thrive in the face of stereotypes and misconceptions.

We hope you enjoyed this short miniseries, and want to emphasize that Lotus Bloom's staff training and investment is also directly linked to the community! As many as 80% of our staff are parents who formerly used our playgroup programs, including our now Director of Learning Rha Bowden.

Read Mr. Wemsted's full post at https://educationpost.org/27-mistakes-white-teachers-of-black-students-make-and-how-to-fix-them/ !

We have 42 days left to respond to the 2020 Census, and Census Workers are coming soon! Lotus Bloom will be sharing impo...
08/19/2020

We have 42 days left to respond to the 2020 Census, and Census Workers are coming soon! Lotus Bloom will be sharing important information about how to spot a Census worker when they come to your door.

Let’s care for and protect each other by responding to the Census online or via phone. There’s still time to ditch that knock on your door.

Image by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

08/19/2020
Conozca Sus Derechos del Censo

RESOURCE: Thanks to community leaders at Centro Legal de la Raza, Faith in Action East Bay, and the City of San José for conducting a concise 2020 Census Know Your Rights presentation in Spanish.

Please share this video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=7fZ5mShkiqs&feature=emb_logo

Estes lideres del communidad explican el Censo y repuestan estes preguntas: Como es mi informacion protegida? Como indentifica las personas del US Census Bur...

The second post in our "What We're Reading" miniseries was chosen specifically by our Director of Learning Rha Bowden fo...
08/16/2020

The second post in our "What We're Reading" miniseries was chosen specifically by our Director of Learning Rha Bowden for our staff to learn from. "3 Ways to Become a Culturally Responsive Teacher" by Matthew Lynch details several key aspects on how to encourage self reflection in teachers as well as knocking down preconceived biases. "Becoming a Culturally Responsive Teacher identifies a few key ways educators can practice creating lessons that weave in the community's cultural knowledge, wellness, indigenous practices and strengths into all aspects of learning," Rha Bowden says, highlighting on how to collaborate and teach the community while also strengthening the educator's cultural understanding.

Lynch says that each student's culture is dynamic and individualized, just as each family in the Oakland community don't have the same needs. He also emphasizes how an early start in educational focuses like vocabulary can help a child be prepared for school, but the opposite is also true; not having the same access to books or verbal interaction can detract from a student's linguistic development. At Lotus Bloom, we aim to encourage parent and caregiver to child vocal interaction both in multicultural playgroups and in the home.

Read more at https://www.theedadvocate.org/3-ways-to-become-a-culturally-responsive-teacher/ and keep a look out for our next miniseries post!

The first resource we want to share in our "What We're Reading" miniseries (check back if you missed the intro post!) is...
08/14/2020

The first resource we want to share in our "What We're Reading" miniseries (check back if you missed the intro post!) is "The Danger of a Single Story" by Nigerian author and speaker Chimamanda Adichie. Ms. Adichie illustrates the issue with building a narrative about a people or place through only one frame--whether that's your local news station or national media sources. Explaining that we must fight against conventional wisdom and instead look and understand both sides, she encourages us as consumers of stories to reach out and find more narratives to help us build our cultural voice.

We chose to feature this piece because it shows how important it is to reframe the narrative of our community as a place where we can support and build on each other's creativity and culture. Former director at Room to Bloom Kira Lewis says it best- "People have a lot of judgements about Oakland as a city. Usually we hear in the news how unsafe it is with crime...and nobody takes in how there is so much beauty in Oakland--and so part of the Lotus Bloom name and the brand comes from that even in dirt and mud and ugly places, beautiful things can grow."

This week at Lotus Bloom, our team will be focusing on professional development to improve our programs to better serve ...
08/13/2020

This week at Lotus Bloom, our team will be focusing on professional development to improve our programs to better serve the community! Our Executive Team has curated a list of informative articles and videos featuring Ted talk speaker Chimamanda Adichie and other experts to focus on social justice and family support. Investing in our community and staff is very important to us, as many of our current team started out as parents in Lotus Bloom's multicultural playgroup program!

A short miniseries titled "What We're Reading" will feature these articles and how it connects to our philosophy and staff at Lotus Bloom. Stay tuned on Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin to learn more!

With the end of in-person classes in early March, children all over the country have had to adapt to online classes--a s...
08/08/2020

With the end of in-person classes in early March, children all over the country have had to adapt to online classes--a switch from chess club, basketball, and recess to watching a laptop at home. While many parents try to help and interact with their child during online learning, some express concerns about the loss of socializing with peers during the pandemic.

“They need that socialization and playtime. I’m really feeling for the parents who have one kid at home," says Angela Howard, CEO of Lotus Bloom and a mother of two OUSD enrolled students.

Joining a "Pandemic Pod" is a way some children get the much-needed quality time of interacting with other kids, making up for the months lost in the spring when schools first closed. However, Oakland elementary school leaders recognize that this isn't a privilege everyone has.

To read the full article, click the link in our bio or go to Oaklandside.org. Article originally written by Ashley Mcbride.

In these difficult times, we know rent can be an overwhelming expense. Alameda County Emergency Rental Assistance Progra...
08/07/2020

In these difficult times, we know rent can be an overwhelming expense.

Alameda County Emergency Rental Assistance Program can support you.

Go to www.echofairhousing.org for more information and application for assistance.

*Big thanks to All in Alameda County for passing on this vital resource to our community.

TODAY!12pm - 3pm Free Food GiveawayNo ID required, Drive Thru, Socially Distanced for Safety
08/07/2020

TODAY!
12pm - 3pm Free Food Giveaway
No ID required, Drive Thru, Socially Distanced for Safety

Our community is working through unprecedented times, but with your help Lotus Bloom has been able to provide support fo...
08/06/2020

Our community is working through unprecedented times, but with your help Lotus Bloom has been able to provide support for hundreds of families during quarantine! Although COVID-19 has meant a closure of our resource centers, Lotus Bloom has been active in partnering with Oakland families to create meaningful connections! From weekly wellness checks to online videos that connects our community, we strive to remind families that we are here for you.

Also, an overwhelming $35,000 was raised over the course of 1 month for our Rapid Response Fund to support families that have been challenged by COVID-19 and to nourish the well-being of our community.

Your continued partnership supports our community and we are incredibly thankful!

See the full newsletter at mailchi.mp/b9b9b0ca7548/meaningful-connections

At the end of the day, it's all about meaningful connections! Thank you Michelle at C4 Consulting for the shoutout :)
07/14/2020
C4 Consulting

At the end of the day, it's all about meaningful connections! Thank you Michelle at C4 Consulting for the shoutout :)

Kudos to the Lotus Bloom Team for rapid response to ensure supportive family connections, resources. Exemplifying Mission-driven and Values-centered Leadership in action yet again: Angela, Danielle, Dawn, Carla, and Rha! #TalentActivated #ResultsIgnited

Check this out Bright Beginnings Monterey County-we could arrange a “Lunch N Learn”...

https://www.packard.org/insights/perspectives/connection-in-a-time-of-isolation/

Lotus Bloom's Community Resource Kit is now updated and  featuring: 3 Super-Easy Forms to fill out for Food Pick Up and ...
07/14/2020
LOTUS BLOOM COMMUNITY RESOURCE KIT

Lotus Bloom's Community Resource Kit is now updated and featuring:

3 Super-Easy Forms to fill out for Food Pick Up and Delivery in Oakland and Alameda County

Sidewalk Pick up by our friends at the Oakland Public Library

Online Meditation, Movement and Discussion groups by our neighbors at the East Bay Meditation Center

Go to https://bit.ly/2N0zDci to check out the Kit!

Share resources you know of by sending an email to [email protected] and we'll post them to this site!

In response to COVID-19 and the extended shelter in place order in our county, Lotus Bloom has launched a RAPID RESPONSE STRATEGY. Together, we can mitigate isolation, meet basic needs, and foster connections in the community! For more information on our response visit www.lotusbloomfamily.org/respo...

07/13/2020

. . . A Collective Pause . . .
Lotus Bloom will take a short break from July 16th to August 19th. We look forward to coming back refreshed with new ideas to share with you!

Stay connected with resources, activities and more with Lotus Bloom's Community Resource Kit! https://bit.ly/2N0zDci

Hey Families,  What was your favorite "Lotus Bloom Presents" Video?  Let us know in this quick survey below: ENGLISH→ bi...
07/03/2020

Hey Families,
What was your favorite "Lotus Bloom Presents" Video?
Let us know in this quick survey below:

ENGLISH→ bit.ly/2CahCGi
SPANISH → bit.ly/3hrI0eS
CHINESE → bit.ly/2UJF0ks
ARABIC → bit.ly/3foqdDB

Thank you for your feedback!

07/01/2020
Mindfulness with Mr. Rha

This week on “Lotus Bloom Presents”, a fun, creative and mindfulness video with Mr. Rha and a special appearance by his son, Sol. Mr. Rha gives us great breathing exercises for relaxation and ways in which we can connect with nature, mindful eating, self awareness and self love.

Did you like “Lotus Bloom Presents”?

Let us know what you like and how we can improve “Lotus Bloom Presents” with this 2 minute survey:

ENGLISH→ bit.ly/2CahCGi

SPANISH → bit.ly/3hrI0eS

CHINESE → bit.ly/2UJF0ks
ARABIC → bit.ly/3foqdDB

Check out Lotus Bloom's Community Resource Kit for health and safety information, parenting and self care tips, and connections to services at https://bit.ly/2N0zDci

This week on “Lotus Bloom Presents”, an incredible Mindfulness video with Mr. Rha and a special appearance by his son, Sol! In this video we show and have fu...

We are so excited to share this free summer class opportunity from Prescott Circus Theatre. Prescott Circus helps childr...
07/01/2020
Circus for All. Summer 2020

We are so excited to share this free summer class opportunity from Prescott Circus Theatre.

Prescott Circus helps children thrive on stage and in life.

Circus for All: Online Circus Program
July 8 – July 31
Wednesdays and Fridays
1:00 – 2:00pm
FREE!
Open for Oakland youth ages 8 – 16

Circus for All Online Circus Program July 8 - July 31 Wednesdays and Fridays 1:00 - 2:00pm Free! Open for Oakland youth ages 8 - 16. Questions: 510-967-0355 or info @ prescottcircus.org (remo

We've loved learning with you this month with our very special "Lotus Bloom Presents" video series! What did you think? ...
06/30/2020
“Lotus Bloom Presents” Encuesta sobre Programas en línea

We've loved learning with you this month with our very special "Lotus Bloom Presents" video series!

What did you think? Let us know in this quick survey below: Available in 4 languages!

ENGLISH→ bit.ly/2CahCGi

SPANISH → bit.ly/3hrI0eS

CHINESE → bit.ly/2UJF0ks

ARABIC → bit.ly/3foqdDB

Nuestro objetivo es crear un espacio del que te sientas parte y en el que te sientas empoderado/a. Como participante en nuestros programas, tu opinión es lo más importante para nosotros y apreciamos cualquier comentario que tengas. Ahora tienes la oportunidad de compartir tus pensamientos sobre c....

July 1st is the last day to apply for Lotus Bloom's Rapid Response Fund! Lotus Bloom is committed to supporting local fa...
06/30/2020

July 1st is the last day to apply for Lotus Bloom's Rapid Response Fund! Lotus Bloom is committed to supporting local families facing financial hardship right now. The application process is incredibly simple!

Email us at [email protected]

¡El 1 de julio es el último día para solicitar el Fondo de Respuesta Rápida de Lotus Bloom! Lotus Bloom se compromete a apoyar a las familias locales que enfrentan dificultades financieras en este momento. ¡El proceso de solicitud es increíblemente simple!

Envíenos un correo electrónico a [email protected]

TODAY! Lotus Bloom Launches the Rapid Response Fund to provide financial support to local families experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

learn more at http://www.lotusbloomfamily.org/rrfund/lotus-bloom-launches-fund-for-families

Address

555 19th St
Oakland, CA
94612

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 11:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 11:30
Friday 09:30 - 11:00

Telephone

(510) 735-9222

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Lotus Bloom (LB) is a grassroots family resource center that provides a welcoming space for low income, multicultural families with young children 0-5 years old to play, learn and grow together. Since our inception in 2006, LB has experienced exponential growth and is now a set of thriving community resource centers in the heart of Oakland serving over 1,000 families per year.

From the very beginning, Lotus Bloom has challenged itself to become a place in the community where families can uplift their cultural and linguistic diversity with appreciation and respect of their collective differences and commonalities. Lotus Bloom approaches working alongside families with the goal of maximizing every opportunity for interaction, enrichment, language development, and learning in a culturally competent context. This means that we look at the conditions our families face such as the neighborhood in which they live, their income, experiences of community violence or poverty and access to quality education. We consider these factors in order to cultivate informed and effective resource options from within and outside the community.

Lotus Bloom's Mission is to ensure that every caregiver of young children, particularly those facing financial and other barriers, has a support system connecting them to the health, social and learning opportunities that will ensure their child has a strong start in life.

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Lots of activities for the whole family this Sunday, Feb. 10th from 11a-3p at OACC's free Lunar New Year Celebration including bilingual storytime, movement/music classes, arts & crafts, & performances. Hope you can join us! Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2327557967467662/
I really appreciate what Lotus Bloom provided my child. From knowing neither English nor how to interact with teachers and other children, my child now is able to share, play and even help kids and teachers. I can tell everyone likes her and would like to spend time with her. Even if my child has been transferred to preschool, I cannot forget how Lotus Bloom was helping her as a transition. She only cried three days when she started her preschool! I can't imagine what she would be if she did not attend in Lotus Bloom. We love this lovely place and support it as much as we can! LB, Thank you!