After a successful run in the summer, The Half Pint Movement Program is back and poised to help toddlers and their parents lead more active and healthy lives.
The program, which is hosted by the El Centro Parks and Recreation Department, engages children ages 0 to 5 in sports, music and other fun activities.
“I brought my kids to the program during the summer and they loved it,” said Jennifer Villa, an El Centro resident. “They were excited to come back.”
For Rebeca Lara, seeing her son develop his motor skills is what she appreciates most about the program.
“When my son first started coming he was really shy and didn’t really talk to anyone,” said Lara, an El Centro resident, of her 2-year-old son Erick. “Now he’s getting more comfortable being around other kids and that’s great to see.”
The interactive program allows parents to stay and engage in the various activities with their children throughout the six-week session.
“We welcome parents to stay because it’s a learning experience for everyone,” said Patricia Ureña, Parks and Recreation supervisor. “The kids learn to play soccer and the parents learn to teach their kids a new skill.”
The program, which meets three times a week for two hours, is open to all community members free of charge courtesy of an Imperial County Children and Families First Commission grant.
“We try to be resourceful and offer programs that will fit with the needs of the community,” Ureña said. “This is something that both parents and kids can enjoy, so it works well.”
For more information on the Half Pint program call the El Centro Parks and Recreation Department at 760-337-4555.
Staff Writer Karina Lopez can be reached at 760-337-3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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