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Coffee and Play: A preschool preview at UUEEC

Photo courtesy of UUEEC.

Since 1961, the Unitarian Universalist Early Education Cooperative preschool (UUEEC) has provided a child-centered, play-based early education program for children ages 2 to 5 years old. Their experienced, highly qualified educators create learning environments that celebrate each unique developmental stage. As a parent-participation preschool, UUEEC believes in the importance of raising children in community and intentionally fostering relationships that can last a lifetime for both children and parents.

Years ago, I followed the lead of our publisher, Karen Barr, and then assistant editor Lisa Sorg-Friedman (writer/photographer Dan Friedman’s wife) and enrolled both of my children at UEEC. Sean and Juliann, my husband Bobby and I all enjoyed the co-operative preschool environment, which allows time for parents and/or grandparents to participate in daily activities. The co-op also provides ongoing parent education.

UUEEC currently is enrolling students ages 2 to 5 for the fall 2012 semester.

You can try out the cooperative preschool experience during “Coffee & Play: Preschool Preview” on Tuesday, April 24. Bring your toddler or preschooler with you from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Meet other parents over a cup of coffee and let your little one experience a typical morning of fun, hands-on learning. Explore classrooms with your child,  meet the experienced teachers and talk to currently enrolled parents and their children.

The school is located at 4027 E. Lincoln Dr. in Paradise Valley. RSVP to eecdirector@phoenixuu.org. For more information, call 602-840-8400 x233 or visit uueec.org.MaryAnn Ortiz-Lieb

Photo courtesy of UUEEC.


Everything that’s happening at Everything Kids Fest

Join us this weekend at Everything Kids Fest! The family festival is happening from 10am to 4pm Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks), located at 7555 N. Pima Rd. in Scottsdale. Everything Kids Fest features entertainment, activities, workshops and resources for parents, expecting parents and kids of all ages.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday’s performances and appearances. Bring your camera!

Main Stage

11:30am-noonLiberty Arts Academy

12:15-12:45pmArizona Science Center

1-1:30pm – Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance

2:30-3pm – Harmony Hub

…plus performances throughout the day by Foot Klan Dance Troupe

Photo Opp Area (south of the main stage)

Scooby-Doo – 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 2-2:30pm and 3-3:30pm

“Max” from Max and Ruby – 10:30-11 am and 2:30-3pm

Clifford the Big Red Dog – 11:30-12pm and 1-1:30pm

Curious George – 12:30-1pm and 3:30-4pm


All day – Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and “Max” from Max and Ruby will be appearing all day.

11am-12pm – Scorch from the Phoenix Mercury

12-2pm – Arizona Rattlers will hold an interactive football zone

11am-3pm – Bearemy from Build-A-Bear Workshop

12-1pm – Baxter from the Arizona Diamondbacks

1-2pm – the Phoenix Suns Gorilla

1-3pm – Sharky from SEA LIFE Arizona

The event will support two nonprofit organizations: The Baby Diaper Drive, which helps families served by Homeward Bound; and Ryan House, which provides support and care for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Bins will be located near the main entrance of Salt River Fields on both days of the event so families can drop off diaper donations. Ryan House will conduct a raffle at the event from which it will receive 100 percent of the proceeds.

More info: 480-626-8289 or everythingkidsfest.com.