Social interaction is just one aspect of the local First 5 playgroups. Parents often share stories and information and there is a lot of peer-to-peer learning.

Raising children is the most important, rewarding and often challenging thing we will ever do. To support parents in this process, the Southern Humboldt Family Resource Center offers a variety of activities for families. These activities are supported by First 5 Humboldt and the Southern Humboldt Unified School District, to promote the healthy development of children and their parents.

Play groups are re-starting this fall meeting throughout Southern Humboldt for children to age 5 and their families at the following places and times: Redway Fun and Games meets on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Redway School gym.

Casterlin play group meets on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Casterlin School, room 5.

Shelter Cove play group meets on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Upper Pacific Community Center suite B.

Miranda play group meets on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at South Fork East Campus, room 4.

Redway Playgroup meets on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Redway School in room 17.

Infant toddler group for young ones up to age 2 meets once a month on the first Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Early Head Start building on Empire Drive in Redway.

All these groups are free of charge. For more information call Lisa Henninger at 923-1147 or email sohumfrc@gmail.com.