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The Family Center is committed to supporting students and postdocs with children during this challenging time. We are working with campus partners to provide opportunities for virtual engagement to help you stay connected.
This web page will be regularly updated with virtual programming for parents and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To contact staff please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Penn Parent Check-In (Virtual)
First Thursday of the Month, 1pm-2pm, Zoom
The Family Center, Penn Women's Center, and Grad Center are hosting a virtual check-in space for parents at Penn to connect with each other and share their experiences with parenting.
This check-in is open to all parenting students, postdocs, faculty, staff, spouses, and partners.
Please register in advance to receive the event link: www.familycenter.upenn.edu/events
Black Parent Check-In (Virtual)
Second Wednesday of the Month, 11-12pm
The Family Center and Penn Women's Center are hosting a virtual check-in space for Black parents at Penn to connect with each other and share their experiences with parenting during challenging times. This check-in is open to students, postdocs, faculty, staff, spouses, and partners. Visit www.familycenter.upenn.edu/events to register.
July 13, 2021, 11am-12pm ET
The Family Center, Grad Center, Penn Women's Center, PAACH, and ISSS are hosting a virtual check-in space for Asian parents at Penn to connect with each other and share their experiences with parenting during challenging times. This check-in is open to students, postdocs, faculty, staff, spouses, and partners. Visit www.familycenter.upenn.edu/events to register.
Child Language Development Workshop
Child Language Resources:
“How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?” [www.asha.org/public/speech/development/chart]: Comprehensive sources for expected speech and language milestones.
Beyond Baby Talk by Kenn Apel and Julie Masterson: Expectations for language development for the first 8 years of life.
Talking on the Go by Dorothy P. Dougherty and Diane R. Paul: Ideas to promote language development within everyday routines.
It Takes Two to Talk by Elaine Weitzman: Comprehensive guide with ideas to support children who have been identified as having a language delay.
Baby Signs by Linda Acredolo, Susan Goodwyn, and Doug Abrams: Introduction to early signs that can be used with any child before they are talking. www.babysignlanguage.com or www.signingtime.com: Explore an online glossary with signs to introduce to young children.
“Beginning with Babble”: App designed for parents of children ages birth to 4 years. Enter your child's age, and the app will send you daily ideas of activities or strategies to support your child's speech and language.
Along with Financial Wellness @Penn, the Family Resource Center will be hosting “Introduction to Personal Finance: Family Edition.” This session will cover general principles on financial goals, monthly budgeting, debt management, savings, and investments with a focus on personal financing as student- and postdoc-parents. Resources, tools, and tip sheets will be provided so that you can determine how to best address the specific needs of your family. The event was recorded and available on YouTube
Ask an Expert: Parenting in Uncertain Times, a Virtual Panel Discussion
Access the Panel Discussion Recoding on our YouTube Channel.
Virtual Mindful Parenting Workshop
Access the workshop recording on our YouTube Channel.
If you are a student/postdoc parent, or prospective parent, and are interested in learning about how to identify family-friendly future employers, how to address possible experience gaps in time in your CV or resume, or whether to bring up being a parent in an interview?
The videos are presented by Dr. Joseph Barber, Senior Associate Director from Penn’s Career Services. This video series is a partnership between The Family Center and Penn Career Services.
They provide actionable advice on networking, informational interviews, resume tips, and interview strategies, along with information on career-relevant resources you can access as a Penn student or postdoc.
To view the videos click the links below:
Part 1: Exploring Careers
Part 2 : Writing Resumes
Part 3: Navigating Tricky Questions
Check out these videos from Weingarten Learning Resources Center.
- How to break down large projects or study plans into manageable tasks: https://www.vpul.upenn.edu/lrc/lr/planning
- Self-Regulation: how to Prioritize, Optimize, Revise: https://www.vpul.upenn.edu/lrc/lr/selfregulation
- How to be flexible when circumstances change: https://www.vpul.upenn.edu/lrc/lr/flexibility
Weingarten Learning Resources Center Tips for Student Parents
Check out some tips on how to plan for an exam session with a young family from Dr. Rashmi Kumar, Associate Director of the Office of Learning Resources at Weingarten Learning Resources Center.
Follow your Family Fun Fellow, Bess, to DIY some easy, fun, and useful sch0ol supplies with materials you probably already have at home!
In partnership with the Penn LGBT Center, Philadelphia drag queen VinChelle will read two children's books for our virtual Drag Queen Story Time! VinChelle reads two books: Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love and My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis.
Click here to view: Drag Queen Story Time Video
We partnered with Penn Campus Recreation to share a virtual family yoga class, lead by yoga instructor Rob. At even the earliest weeks of life yoga can assist with sleep, digestion, and fussiness as well as build strength and coordination.
This video is for parents and children, children of all ages are welcome to learn some yoga poses.
Click here to view: Virtual Family Yoga session
Hello! It’s Bess, your family fun fellow here. Today, I will teach you how to cook my favorite meal— “freestyle” fried rice! Growing up with my grandma, we always had fried rice as our go-to dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. My grandma would go through the fridge to find bits and pieces of ingredients, chop them up, and add them to the fried rice. It’s quick, easy, delicious and a great way to clean out your fridge. Neither me or my grandma are great cooks, but fried rice is always the taste of home and nostalgia for us. Please enjoy watching this cooking video and try it out on your own! Remember to take a picture of your version of fried rice and tag us on social media. We would love to hear from you!
Click here to view: Freestyle Fried Rice Recipe Video
Additional Virtual Content
Simple step by step science experiments to do as a family.
Virtual Wednesday Adventure Time and Virtual Field Trips
Follow along as our Family Fellows guides you though fun online activities and virtual museum tours!