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.

There is still time to complete the #2020Census! Support your community and make a difference while you stay safe at hom...
05/11/2020

There is still time to complete the #2020Census!

Support your community and make a difference while you stay safe at home! 🏠

Completing the #2020Census is a great way to support your community and make a difference while we all stay safe at home! 🏠

Everyone in our community counts and belongs! Have you been counted yet? Comment and let us know~

Do you miss spending time at the Oakland Public Library with your kiddo(s)?  Tune in to OPL's Check Your Shelf Podcast t...
05/11/2020
Check Your Shelf: the OPL Podcast, Episode 3: Your Library at Home

Do you miss spending time at the Oakland Public Library with your kiddo(s)?

Tune in to OPL's Check Your Shelf Podcast to learn more about how to access the best of the Library at home!

You can also find all online story times and other fun stuff at oaklandlibrary.org/kids

Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL.

05/08/2020
COVID-19 Tips for Parents

Reminder to Parents: Things may not look perfect right now, but you are doing a GREAT JOB.

This video by Dr. Barbara Stroud has us feeling seen and equipped with strengths-based knowledge.

Share this video with a parent you know today!

Dr. Stroud has provided this informational video for parents in order to support caregivers in managing the emotional responses and developmental needs of th...

Lotus Bloom is proud to announce launch of the THRIVING FAMILIES FUND by Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN...
05/06/2020

Lotus Bloom is proud to announce launch of the THRIVING FAMILIES FUND by Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN), supporting local families during these uncertain times.

Find out more information below!

Exciting news folks! We have launched a Thriving Families Fund, which offers assistance of up to $500 to our PLAN parent leaders and their families during the COVID-19 Pandemic as they face short-term emergencies.

The decision to approve a family’s request is based upon need that is the result of the sudden and unexpected impact of the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place orders across the Bay Area. This need must be demonstrated through an application to Bay Area PLAN.

Who can apply? Active members of Bay Area PLAN, ally organizations' members and community members.

What is a short-term emergency? A sudden and unexpected loss of a family’s income that can or has impacted access to their basic needs including food, technology and housing.

How it works. Submit an application by clicking "Apply Today". We can also conduct an interview to complete an application for those who need assistance by leaving a message at 510-444-7526. You will receive a call back within 24 hours.

APPLY TODAY: bit.ly/PLANThrivingFamilyFund

APLICA HOY: http://www.bayareaplan.org/2020/05/01/el-fondo-para-que-familias-prosperen/

COMING SOON:  Families can access food benefits  called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in ...
05/06/2020

COMING SOON:

Families can access food benefits called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits.

P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed due to COVID 19

Find out more at https://ca.p-ebt.org/info

Did you know that May 2nd is National Baby Day? Caring for a little one as a parent, family member, neighbor, friend, or...
05/02/2020

Did you know that May 2nd is National Baby Day?

Caring for a little one as a parent, family member, neighbor, friend, or nanny is not easy, but it is incredibly special.

What are the challenges and rewards of caring for the little ones in your life?

Lotus Bloom is here to support you every tiny step of the way!

Everyone in your family counts, everyone in your family matters! Remember, It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Cens...
05/01/2020

Everyone in your family counts, everyone in your family matters!

Remember, It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home. Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends, and loved ones to complete the census, too.
Complete the Census today at 2020census.gov
#2020Census #Censo2020 #allfamiliescount #yourfamilymatters #weareLBFamily

#Teachers, Parents: Tomorrow, May 2, is National Baby Day! Introduce your preschoolers to CB the U.S. Census Bureau’s butterfly who explains in three webisodes the importance of counting everyone in the census, including babies. Learn more at Webisode 1 https://go.usa.gov/xvmSX
Webisode 2 https://go.usa.gov/xvmS5
Webisode 3 https://go.usa.gov/xvmSN
#StatsInSchools

Father Corps is back with "Dad-scussions" Virtual Series!"Calling all Fathers & Father-Figures to join us on April 30th ...
04/29/2020
Dad-scussions

Father Corps is back with "Dad-scussions" Virtual Series!

"Calling all Fathers & Father-Figures to join us on April 30th from 6pm - 7:30pm (PST) for a virtual forum to catch-up and check-in. Mentors and Allies Welcome. Tell a friend or two to join you!"

Dad-scussions ~ Conversations with Fathers & Father Figures

How do you talk with your kids about COVID19? Lotus Bloom's Community Resource Kit has been improved with even more reso...
04/27/2020
LOTUS BLOOM - Resource Kit

How do you talk with your kids about COVID19?

Lotus Bloom's Community Resource Kit has been improved with even more resources for you and your family including #COVIBook, a Coloring Book by Manuela Molina, translated into over 10 languages!

Check out the Self Care and Emotional Health tab in our Resource Kit today and share with us how you and your family are taking care of each other.

In this together,
All of us at Lotus Bloom
#weareLBFamily #beatcovid19 #selfcare #inthistogether
https://sites.google.com/lotusbloomfamily.org/lbfcrk2020/resource-kit

Thank you for checking Lotus Bloom’s Community Resource Kit; if you have any questions or want to share additional resources with us, please send an email to [email protected]. Due to the high volume of requests, we thank you in advance for your patience with the timing of our response.

04/22/2020
PBS KIDS

How is your family helping to take care of nature this Earth Day?

🎶 Animals are neighbors, so are plants and trees.
Nature is our neighbor, let's take care of nature, please. 🎶
How is your family helping to take care of nature this Earth Day?

Completing the #2020Census is a great way to support your community and make a difference while we all stay safe at home...
04/22/2020

Completing the #2020Census is a great way to support your community and make a difference while we all stay safe at home! 🏠

Everyone in our community counts and belongs! Have you been counted yet? Comment and let us know~

Sometimes less is more. "Engaging your child" doesn't always have to be a structured and detailed performance. It can be...
04/18/2020

Sometimes less is more.

"Engaging your child" doesn't always have to be a structured and detailed performance. It can be as simple as asking an open ended question. Your attention means a lot to your child, and you may just learn something new about them and yourself too.

How are you engaging your little ones these days?

Big thanks to Teachstone for this resource!

#WeareLBFamily #SafeatHome #Stayhome

04/13/2020
Karla Hernandez Census 2020

¿Ya has completado tu # 2020Census?

Esto es mucho más que un recuento: el censo ayudará a determinar cómo se asignan miles de millones de dólares de recursos públicos cada año. ¡Nuestra comunidad tiene una gran participación en el Censo 2020! ¡Haga su parte para asegurarse de que tenga un recuento preciso y justo!

Complete el censo en www.My2020Census.gov
#OurCommunityCounts #OurCommunityBelongs
#2020Census #WeareLBFamily

Karla Hernandez CampusCompact Fellowship Video

04/13/2020
Census 2020 in Alameda County

Have you completed your #2020Census yet?

This is far more than a head count -- the census will help shape how billions of dollars of public resources are allocated each year. Our community has a great stake in the 2020 Census! Do your part to ensure it has an accurate and fair count!

Take the Census at www.My2020Census.gov
#OurCommunityCounts #OurCommunityBelongs
#2020Census #WeareLBFamily

As we countdown to Census 2020, the Alameda County Complete Count Committee developed this short video to depict why the Census is important to Alameda Count...

We are proud to share this webpage from Help Me Grow Alameda County  with information related to COVID-19  in the follow...
04/10/2020
- First 5 COVID-19

We are proud to share this webpage from Help Me Grow Alameda County with information related to COVID-19 in the following categories:
· Talking to kids about COVID-19
· Relieving stress
· At-home learning activities
· Health care, child care, and financial supports, food and transportation
· Immigration

Please visit the site https://alamedakids.org/coronavirus-resources-for-parents/ and share with partners and families!

Alameda County has extended the Shelter in Place Order through May 3, 2020, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a response to these unprecedented times, we have dedicated and developed a page with resources and information to support families during this crisis.

04/06/2020
César E. Chávez Branch Library

Join Miss Annabelle for Bilingual Spanish Story time this Wednesday at 11am! A very big thank you to El Tímpano and César E. Chávez Branch Library for sharing this opportunity with the community~

Miss Annabelle les va a compartir una lectura de cuentos con canciones, un libro y movimiento en inglés y español.
Únase el miércoles 8 de abril a las 11 a.m.
Gracias a El Tímpano y César E. Chávez Branch Library

Miss Annabelle's Storytime from this morning, join us next week on Wednesday 11am

To every caring adult in the life of a young child, parents, family, friends, neighbors, nannies, siblings, child care p...
04/02/2020

To every caring adult in the life of a young child, parents, family, friends, neighbors, nannies, siblings, child care providers - we see you doing your very best to support the little ones in your life each and every day.

Here's a mantra from Shine Text for you: Read aloud and enjoy a few deep breaths for a simple, 10 second self care routine.

For more self care tips, check out Lotus Bloom's Community Resource Kit! bit.ly/LBFCRK20

Take care!

While at home, be sure to complete the 2020 Census! Visit 2020census.gov today to respond. Have questions about the Cens...
03/31/2020

While at home, be sure to complete the 2020 Census!
Visit 2020census.gov today to respond.

Have questions about the Census? Check out Lotus Bloom's Community Resource Kit for more information.

bit.ly/LBFCRK20

A message to our community from Founding CEO, Angela Howard.We love you, Community and we've got your back!
03/28/2020
LBF Community Resource Kit & Message from CEO

A message to our community from Founding CEO, Angela Howard.

We love you, Community and we've got your back!

A MESSAGE FROM LOTUS BLOOM FOUNDER AND CEO, ANGELA LOUIE HOWARD Dear Community, As advised by the Department of Public Health, Lotus Bloom has suspended all programming until further notice as March 27, 2020. We look forward to reopening programs once it is safe to do so. We know these are...

Friday is for Field Trips! Take a virtual tour of museums, national parks, or even the planet Mars with this cool resour...
03/27/2020
Virtual Field Trips

Friday is for Field Trips!

Take a virtual tour of museums, national parks, or even the planet Mars with this cool resource from Satellite Affordable Housing Associates - SAHA

#weareLBFamily #familyadventures #stayhome #oaklandstrong #strongertogether Room to Bloom Family Resource Center San Antonio Family Resource Center AFROPLAYOAKLAND

Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links (Click on colored text for links. Safe Travels!) San Diego Zoo The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot S...

03/26/2020

🤩It's Story Time~ ♥️

Tandem, Partners in Early Learning is doing #tandemstorytime every weekday at 10am!
Join in TODAY for...
- Books from Tandem's multilingual, multicultural Story Cycles library

- Stories in English, Spanish, and Cantonese

- Tons of interaction during the video with questions to engage your child during the video.

- AND Ideas for continuing the interaction after the video is over.

Have a favorite story you like to read with your family?
Post your Read Aloud video to Facebook using #BooksBringUsTogether. All languages are welcome. Tag our partners Tandem, Partners in Early Learning!

03/25/2020
Kitchen Science: Oobleck! 3/25

TODAY at 1:30pm!
Lawrence Hall of Science will be doing a live "Kitchen Science" class as part of their "Lawrence at Home" series!

Check it out here ↣ ↣ ↣ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvTjqXNFfFo&feature=youtu.be

#stayhome #funathome #playathome #weareLBfamily

"Please join us at 1:30 for a Kitchen Science activity about the strange ooze known as Oobleck!. Recommended for all ages (some adult help required for young...

Lotus Bloom is proud to support to AFROPLAYOAKLAND, who just turned 2 on Friday! Happy Birthday to a beautiful program w...
03/25/2020

Lotus Bloom is proud to support to AFROPLAYOAKLAND, who just turned 2 on Friday!

Happy Birthday to a beautiful program where families of the African Diaspora with children pull together, or "harambee" in Swahili, to honor the Black experience, build community, and support one another.

Today, 3/20 marks Afro-Play @ 2 years old. 🌻

IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY! 🎂
IT'S OUR ANNIVERSARY! 🥳
WE ARE 2 YEARS OLD! 💫❤️

Wish we didn't have to practice "social distancing" on this special day... However, we feel our community whether near or far, in spirit or in person. We know that you are there.
THANK YOU COMMUNITY! THANK YOU FAMILY!
Lotus Bloom / Room to Bloom
There are plenty more memories to be made and we are looking forward to it!

#AfroPlayOakland #Oakland #EastOakland #HappyBirthday!

Good Morning Lotus Bloom Family,  We hope you and yours are safe and healthy! It's a beautiful rainy day, excellent for ...
03/18/2020
Toddler Watercolor Painting, Keeping it Neat | TinkerLab

Good Morning Lotus Bloom Family,
We hope you and yours are safe and healthy! It's a beautiful rainy day, excellent for indoor art projects like water colors... without the mess, please!

We love this Tidy Painting tutorial by Tinkerlab! Check it out and if you like these fun-at-home ideas let us know and share with your friends! How are you and your little one(s) playing at home?

https://tinkerlab.com/toddler-watercolor-painting-keeping-it-neat/

#weareLBFamily #isolationcreation #shelterinplace #funathome #kidsplay #oaklandfamilies

I’m not afraid of messes, but I’m also not looking for them. Are you with me? So when my almost 2-year old said that she wanted to paint, I was ready with my spill-management toolbox: an ice cube tray and a wooden serving tray. In case you’re wondering how the wooden tray is paint-free (I’d ...

03/14/2020
cfeyc.ca

Dear Lotus Bloom Friends and Families,

In solidarity with the effort to contain the spread of COVID19 in our region, Lotus Bloom will suspend all programs including community events from March 16th to April 3rd, with plans to re-open all of our sites on April 6th.

We know this can be a scary time, and we believe in the strength of our families and the community to work together, to resist fear and to choose love, just as we always have since 2006. ​

Please stay home if you feel unwell, wash your hands, and give grace to yourselves and each other.

We'll see you in playgroup soon!

In the meantime -- who says you can't take the best of Lotus Bloom Playgroups home?
Check out this flubber recipe and have a blast with your family!~

http://cfeyc.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Flubber-and-Playdough-recipes.pdf

Get ready! The #2020Census is coming soon! Starting on March 12, households around the country will start receiving invi...
03/12/2020

Get ready! The #2020Census is coming soon!

Starting on March 12, households around the country will start receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. This is far more than a head count -- the census will help shape how billions of dollars of public resources are allocated each year. Our community has a great stake in the 2020 Census, do your part to ensure it has an accurate and fair count!
Take the Census at www.My2020Census.gov
#OurCommunityCounts #OurCommunityBelongs
#2020Census

"The “good” news is that early childhood philanthropy is so underfunded that opportunities abound...We owe it to our chi...
03/09/2020
Early Childhood Philanthropy = Smart Funding + Racial and Social Justice + Women’s Rights + Children’s Rights - Stanford PACS

"The “good” news is that early childhood philanthropy is so underfunded that opportunities abound...We owe it to our children, their families, and those who care for them, to have their backs every step of the way." - Liz Simons

Show a little one in your life you have their back and give to Lotus Bloom Today!

In philanthropy there’s no better place to begin than at the beginning.  Experienced philanthropists recognize the value of addressing problems early on, before they become intractable. Embracing upstream solutions and root causes is their credo. Many also place a premium on supporting foundation...

Big thanks to Michelle at C4 Consulting  & Kenneth Rainin Foundation for facilitating a great Strategic Planning Session...
03/09/2020

Big thanks to Michelle at C4 Consulting & Kenneth Rainin Foundation for facilitating a great Strategic Planning Session! Lotus Bloom is growing and dreaming with bold ideas for our children's amazing future! We can't wait to share what's next!
#weareLBFamily

Always energizing to get to support awesome Founder & Excecutive Director @Angela Louie Howard & her fab Lotus Bloom champions for children and families...gratifying day facilitating reflection and strategy for next phase of org-wide sustainability and vitality as they advance their Mission: Providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space to traditionally underserved populations to come together as a community to provide children and families with a rich learning foundation. 💗🌟🦋🤜🏽💥🤛🏼🦋🌟💗

02/06/2020
The New Parkway

Thank you to The New Parkway & the LB Community for a fun month at the Movies! Together, we raised $1,930.80 in support of Oakland kiddos and families!

We are so grateful for your support!

Wednesdays are for good karma. All movie tickets on Wednesdays are “pay whatever you can afford.” 20% of the sales go to Lotus Bloom. Every Wednesday in January.
Lotus Bloom is a network of multicultural resource centers. Empowering Oakland families for generations by providing early learning opportunities so parents gain confidence and every child has a strong start in life.

Calling all Dads, Uncles, Grandparents, and Father-figures, Looking for a fun afternoon activity for you and your little...
02/05/2020

Calling all Dads, Uncles, Grandparents, and Father-figures,
Looking for a fun afternoon activity for you and your little one?

WIC is hosting Dad's Cafe at Telegraph & Eastmont Wednesday Afternoons!

See the flier for more information!

01/29/2020

Get cozy with a movie at The New Parkway this Wednesday 20% of sales supports Lotus Bloom
*showtimes in the comments

01/11/2020

Rain or shine, don't miss out on another KARMA CINEMA movie night at The New Parkway this coming Wednesday!

20% of all ticket sales support Lotus Bloom playgroups!

Showtimes:
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - 6:20 PM

FANTASTIC FUNGI - 7: 10 PM

THE TWO POPES - 8:45 PM

THE LIGHTHOUSE - 9: 10 PM

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!