The Sonoma Community Center has launched a new “Fun for Five and Under” program, created for young families in Sonoma Valley.
The class series, which begins Friday, Oct. 11, will present music, movement and drama classes for parents and children 5 and under.
The “Fun for Five and Under” program was designed to meet the needs of local families looking for creative ways to entertain and educate young children.
In response, the Sonoma Community Center created a consortium of educators, including participants from the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory, Sonoma Theatre Alliance and Sonoma State University, to develop this new early arts education series.
The consortium was guided by the knowledge that arts education provides long-term benefits to young children. “Real time play through the arts impacts children tremendously and positively,” said Nancy Morales, professor of Spanish at Sonoma State University. “It has profound effects on their emotional, social and cognitive abilities.”