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.

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.

Operating as usual

Good Morning Lotus Bloom friends and families,Thankful Thursday is BACK! Today is a special day and opportunity to give ...
09/23/2021

Good Morning Lotus Bloom friends and families,

Thankful Thursday is BACK!

Today is a special day and opportunity to give thanks in support of Lotus Bloom‘s work and community! Click on our website for more info. Don’t forget to like and comment our posts. We would love to hear from you!

Do you enjoy Lotus Bloom's Programs? Thankful Thursday is TODAY, and you're invited to join the whole Lotus Bloom community in a celebration of generosity and care by giving what you can to support our work and families! Can't make a gift today? Your words of appreciation go a long way! Drop us a comment about what you like about Lotus Bloom! We'd love to hear from you.

09/15/2021

Community,
There is STILL time to VOTE in today's State Recall Election. Don't miss this opportunity to exercise your right to make your voice heard. The more we come together as a community and engage in civic action, the better policies we will see for our children, our families and our neighborhoods.

VOTE Today! Rhazilla & Purplita are cheering for you!

California Residents: Don't forget to Vote! Rhazilla & Purplita are here to show you how!As the CA recall election appro...
09/14/2021
VOTE with Rhazilla & Purplita

California Residents: Don't forget to Vote! Rhazilla & Purplita are here to show you how!

As the CA recall election approaches Lotus Bloom wants to encourage our friends, families, and community to go out there and let your voice be heard TOMORROW, Tuesday September 14th. The more we come together as a community, the better policies we can see for our children, friends, and families. This is your chance to exercise your right to vote! You can find a polling place to cast your vote TOMORROW here:
https://www.acgov.org/rov_app/pollinglist

Rhazilla and Purplita want to encourage you to exercise your right to vote in California's Recall Election on Tuesday September 14th! They even show you how...

Community, This is urgent. Don’t forget to VOTE on Tuesday, September 14th in California’s Recall Election! You can vote...
09/10/2021

Community,
This is urgent. Don’t forget to VOTE on Tuesday, September 14th in California’s Recall Election!
You can vote by mail EARLY or find a polling place at https://www.acgov.org/rov_app/pollinglist to cast your vote on Tuesday.

The more engaged we are as a community, the better policies we see for our children and our neighbors. This is a chance to exercise your right and your power. Let’s go vote!

Comunidad,
Esto es urgente. ¡No olvide VOTAR el martes 14 de septiembre en la Elección de Retiro de California!
Puede votar por correo ANTICIPADO o encontrar un lugar de votación para emitir su voto el martes.

Cuanto más comprometidos estemos como comunidad, mejores políticas veremos para nuestros niños y nuestros vecinos. Esta es una oportunidad para ejercer su derecho y su poder. ¡Vamos a votar! https://www.acgov.org/rov_app/pollinglist

社区,
这是紧急的。不要忘记在 9 月 14 日星期二在加利福尼亚的罢免选举中投票!
您可以提前通过邮件投票或在周二找到一个投票站进行投票。

我们作为一个社区的参与度越高,我们就会为我们的孩子和我们的邻居看到更好的政策。这是行使您的权利和权力的机会。我们去投票吧!
https://www.acgov.org/rov_app/pollinglist
تواصل اجتماعي،
هذا عاجل. لا تنسى التصويت يوم الثلاثاء ، 14 أيلول (سبتمبر) في سحب الانتخابات بولاية كاليفورنيا!
يمكنك التصويت عن طريق البريد في وقت مبكر أو العثور على مكان الاقتراع للإدلاء بصوتك يوم الثلاثاء.

كلما زاد تفاعلنا كمجتمع ، كانت السياسات التي نراها أفضل لأطفالنا وجيراننا. هذه فرصة لممارسة حقك وسلطتك. لنذهب للتصويت!
https://www.acgov.org/rov_app/pollinglist

Something new is coming...👏Join us on Youtube tomorrow morning at 8 for the launch of a BRAND NEW Circle Time Video! htt...
09/02/2021

Something new is coming...👏
Join us on Youtube tomorrow morning at 8 for the launch of a BRAND NEW Circle Time Video!
https://youtu.be/AsFFhosd36c

Something new is coming...👏
Join us on Youtube tomorrow morning at 8 for the launch of a BRAND NEW Circle Time Video!
https://youtu.be/AsFFhosd36c

"After having missed so much school, a program to ease the transition from pre-K to kindergarten is more important than ...
09/02/2021
Back to School in a Pandemic: How Oakland Unified is Supporting Kindergarteners

"After having missed so much school, a program to ease the transition from pre-K to kindergarten is more important than ever."
Lotus Bloom is grateful to partner with Oakland Unified School District's Kinder Readiness Program, as well as local family resource agencies, parents and caregivers to mend the safety net for many young children navigating Kindergarten during the pandemic. By providing playgroups for socialization and connecting families to resources and support, together we can work toward every child having a strong start in life!

Thanks to New America for producing this great read and Oakland Starting Smart and Strong for sharing.

Oakland's Kindergarten Transition Teacher Leader Program pairs kindergarten teachers with pre-K teachers who work together to share information and build support structures that make sure children have successful early school experiences.

We had a GREAT time with the Friends of San Antonio Park ; the community showed up for an incredible focus group to expl...
08/30/2021

We had a GREAT time with the Friends of San Antonio Park ; the community showed up for an incredible focus group to explore the potential of our beloved community park!
Thank you for your partnership with the families of the San Antonio Neighborhood
Oakland County Parks and Recreation Garfield Elementary School Nikki Fortunato Bas, Council President 勵琪 East Side Arts Alliance and Oakland Unified School District EBAYC

Do you enjoy Lotus Bloom's Programs? Thankful Thursday is TODAY, and you're invited to join the whole Lotus Bloom commun...
08/26/2021

Do you enjoy Lotus Bloom's Programs? Thankful Thursday is TODAY, and you're invited to join the whole Lotus Bloom community in a celebration of generosity and care by giving what you can to support our work and families! Can't make a gift today? Your words of appreciation go a long way! Drop us a comment about what you like about Lotus Bloom! We'd love to hear from you.

Do you enjoy Lotus Bloom's Programs? Thankful Thursday is TODAY, and you're invited to join the whole Lotus Bloom community in a celebration of generosity and care by giving what you can to support our work and families! Can't make a gift today? Your words of appreciation go a long way! Drop us a comment about what you like about Lotus Bloom! We'd love to hear from you.

Do you enjoy Lotus Bloom's Programs? Thankful Thursday is TODAY, and you're invited to join the whole Lotus Bloom commun...
08/26/2021

Do you enjoy Lotus Bloom's Programs? Thankful Thursday is TODAY, and you're invited to join the whole Lotus Bloom community in a celebration of generosity and care by giving what you can to support our work and families! Can't make a gift today? Your words of appreciation go a long way! Drop us a comment about what you like about Lotus Bloom! We'd love to hear from you.

Do you enjoy Lotus Bloom's Programs? Thankful Thursday is TODAY, and you're invited to join the whole Lotus Bloom community in a celebration of generosity and care by giving what you can to support our work and families! Can't make a gift today? Your words of appreciation go a long way! Drop us a comment about what you like about Lotus Bloom! We'd love to hear from you.

Stay healthy this Back to School Season! Today we revisit some great health tips from Lotus Bloom's Director of Learning...
08/25/2021

Stay healthy this Back to School Season!
Today we revisit some great health tips from Lotus Bloom's Director of Learning. May your immunity be boosted and your spirits be light.

In Community,
All of us at Lotus Bloom

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

Lotus Bloom is a proud partner in the Friends of San Antonio Park, and we want to invite YOU to share your ideas with ne...
08/25/2021

Lotus Bloom is a proud partner in the Friends of San Antonio Park, and we want to invite YOU to share your ideas with neighbors on the changes you want to see in the Park.

Join us!

What change do you want to see in San Antonio Park? Come by, hang out and share your ideas with neighbors! Oakland Parks, Recreation & Youth Development Garfield Elementary School Nikki Fortunato Bas, Council President 勵琪 East Side Arts Alliance Lotus Bloom Oakland Unified School District

08/23/2021
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Play, Learn and Grow at Home 🌻

Lotus Bloom's Online Learning Library is full of fun content for your family:

* On-demand Circle Times with your favorite teachers like Mr. Pablo and Rhazilla!

* "Toy Stories" bringing your child's imagination to life!

* Dance, Science, Activities for Kids, Cooking Classes & More

Join us on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCze9lHfyE6JiYmRNo_1gRKg

08/16/2021
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" From sharing resources like food and other essentials throughout the community, to children becoming more creative than ever and discovering new ways of learning; our neighborhoods have stood the test of time. Witnessing these triumphs has fueled my passion for this work and reminds me of the resiliency and the power our community has." - Ajhana, Family Navigator at Lotus Bloom

Lotus Bloom is committed to meeting families where they are at as the pandemic continues. Even as we reopen, we are here for you!

Need resources? Connect with a Family Navigator at https://www.lotusbloomfamily.org/referrals

ICYMI... WE'RE OPEN! 🌻Lotus Bloom's family resource centers are now open for drop-in playgroups at limited capacity. Ple...
08/11/2021

ICYMI... WE'RE OPEN! 🌻
Lotus Bloom's family resource centers are now open for drop-in playgroups at limited capacity.

Please check out our guidelines before your visit at www.lotusbloomfamily.org/programs


WELCOME BACK

ICYMI... WE'RE OPEN! 🌻
Lotus Bloom's family resource centers are now open for drop-in playgroups at limited capacity.

Please check out our guidelines before your visit at www.lotusbloomfamily.org/programs


WELCOME BACK

06/21/2021

Rha's experience as a father-figure and role model for young children is what inspires him to work with Lotus Bloom! A special shoutout to father-figures, siblings, uncles, fathers, grandfathers etc. looking after our youngest generation. 🖍✊🏾📚💙

06/20/2021

Lotus Bloom wishes every father figure in the life of a young child from dads to older siblings to extended family, to grandparents and friends who look after and care for our youngest generation a very happy Father's Day! Today, it's an are honor to share this personal appreciation from our very own Production Manager, Lawrence, for his father. Check it out!

Oakland families are already resilient; they’re already making do with what they have, but to have {basic guaranteed inc...
06/09/2021

Oakland families are already resilient; they’re already making do with what they have, but to have {basic guaranteed income}, it’s a huge lift - Rha at Room to Bloom

Catch the whole story on guaranteed basic income for families in Oakland here: https://cbsloc.al/3x9q8wa

Interested in signing up?
Check out Oakland Resilient Families website for more information: https://oaklandresilientfamilies.org/learn-more

ICYMI: Lotus Bloom Director of Learning, Rha and the team at Room to Bloom were on Channel 5 last night talking about Oa...
06/09/2021
Oakland Begins First Phase Of $500 Guaranteed Income Program

ICYMI: Lotus Bloom Director of Learning, Rha and the team at Room to Bloom were on Channel 5 last night talking about Oakland's first phase of basic guaranteed income!

Check it out: https://cbsloc.al/3x9q8wa

The Mayor of Oakland and other city officials announced Tuesday that the city started accepting applications for the first phase of its guaranteed income program, which provides $500-monthly payments for 18 months to families in need.

06/08/2021

Catch our friendly faces on channel 5 tonight! The Lotus Bloom team talks about local initiatives supporting families.

RESOURCE: Time for growth 🌿☀️We're so excited to share that City Slicker Farms is doing a Summer Plant Giveaway at three...
05/17/2021

RESOURCE: Time for growth 🌿☀️

We're so excited to share that City Slicker Farms is doing a Summer Plant Giveaway at three West Oakland Locations!

Thursday May 27th, 12-3pm West Oakland Public Library
Friday May 28th, 4-7pm Community Foods Market
Saturday May 29th, West Oakland Farm Park 1-4pm

RESOURCE: Time for growth 🌿☀️

We're so excited to share that City Slicker Farms is doing a Summer Plant Giveaway at three West Oakland Locations!

Thursday May 27th, 12-3pm West Oakland Public Library
Friday May 28th, 4-7pm Community Foods Market
Saturday May 29th, West Oakland Farm Park 1-4pm

05/09/2021
The more we get together the happier we'll be

Lotus Bloom Family Navigator Keona S. is more than a family navigator, she’s an incredible mother and early childhood educator extraordinaire.

Enjoy this Mother's Day weekend greeting from her and her little one, Amia!

Lotus Bloom wishes every caring adult in the life of a young child, the mothers, the sisters, the aunties, the tias and tutus, the grandmas and nonnas, the babysitters and friends, foster parents and neighbors, the caregivers who are with us, and those whom we miss greatly, a very warm and present Mothers Day.

This #AAPIHeritageMonth, Lotus Bloom is proud to share #GiveInMay - a month long celebration of nonprofits and causes fo...
05/03/2021

This #AAPIHeritageMonth, Lotus Bloom is proud to share #GiveInMay - a month long celebration of nonprofits and causes for and by the AAPI community.

Join us in support of participating local organizations including J-Sei, Self-Help for the Elderly, Wu Yee Children's Services and many others at https://www.giveinmay.org/giving-events/giveinmay21/home

This #AAPIHeritageMonth, Lotus Bloom is proud to share #GiveInMay - a month long celebration of nonprofits and causes for and by the AAPI community.

Join us in support of participating local organizations including J-Sei, Self-Help for the Elderly, Wu Yee Children's Services and many others at https://www.giveinmay.org/giving-events/giveinmay21/home

Join our friend Pati for Bilingual Family Story Time! Info in the link below!
04/07/2021
Bilingual Family Storytime LIVE

Join our friend Pati for Bilingual Family Story Time! Info in the link below!

OPL Children's Librarians Pat and Pati present storytime via Zoom

Lotus Bloom is proud to be a previous Grant Partner with Full Circle Fund acknowledged in honor of International Women's...
03/09/2021

Lotus Bloom is proud to be a previous Grant Partner with Full Circle Fund acknowledged in honor of International Women's Day!

We #ChooseToChallenge the barriers parents and caregivers face to accessing culturally responsive early learning opportunities in a supportive community. We are thrilled to be doing this work so every child can have a strong start in life!

Celebrating women co-founders and/or #nonprofits serving women who #ChooseToChallenge on #InternationalWomensDay --and everyday!

Beyond 12, CommunityConnect Labs, Caravan Studios, Ella Baker Center, GirlVentures, Lotus Bloom, Mouse - Tech with Purpose, Online SOS, One Fair Wage, Revolution Foods, SIRUM, Women's Audio Mission, Youth Development Labs, Young Women's Freedom Center

Calling all Oakland Childcare Providers & Caregivers!Join us with our friends at Oakland Starting Smart and Strong this ...
02/24/2021

Calling all Oakland Childcare Providers & Caregivers!
Join us with our friends at Oakland Starting Smart and Strong this Saturday for a symposium you won't want to miss: Connecting Families to Resources

Register here: https://www.oaklandsmartandstrong.org/ece-symposium.html
Space is very limited!

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott, and Black organizers throughout history, Lotus Bloom reflects on the...
01/15/2021

To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott, and Black organizers throughout history, Lotus Bloom reflects on the meaningful day which reminds us of the courage and sacrifices of those who came before us.Lotus Bloom believes that healthy communities start with strong families, especially the Black and Brown, Indigenous and Immigrant families of the flatland neighborhoods of Oakland. On this day, 12 years ago, Lotus Bloom engaged in social service action by creating a family resource in the East Lake/San Antonio neighborhood. We cleaned walls, painted assembled furniture, and decorated our new center. Today, our acts of service look very different, however the heart behind the word remains the same, to uplift our youngest generation and the caring adults who look after them.

We are left in disbelief over the unprecedented insurrection that unfolded in the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th. ...
01/08/2021

We are left in disbelief over the unprecedented insurrection that unfolded in the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th. As we face the ongoing resurfacing of institutional racism, we must collectively seek ways to heal ourselves and our community. We encourage you take care of yourself and nurturer our connection with loved ones, take time to breathe deeply, practice moments of mindfulness, incorporate gratitude, recharge in nature and seek ways to nourish your soul. We love you and we are here for you, always. Read our full letter at www.lotusbloomfamily.org/blog

This holiday season, we are all spending a lot of time at home. Getting the essentials we need can be a challenge for fa...
12/26/2020

This holiday season, we are all spending a lot of time at home.

Getting the essentials we need can be a challenge for families with young children.

This is why Lotus Bloom’s team of family navigators and teachers are hosting distributions to provide essentials like food, diapers, and holiday gifts for families.

This photo was generously captured by @enbphotos

Address

2800 Park Blvd
Oakland, CA
94612

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 11:30am
Wednesday 9:30am - 11:30am
Friday 9:30am - 11am

Telephone

+15107359222

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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!