From our CEO,
Kelly O'Lague Dulka, MSW

" And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were. "

- Rainer Maria Rilke

As we begin the new year, I am reflecting on the quote above. This truly will be a year full of things that have never been before, at least at Hively!

We have new programs, new clients, new staff and even a new Oakland location as of February 1st.
At the risk of dating myself, I have been a licensed therapist for over 30 years. I have seen the desperate need for mental health services that families face. I've also heard, for over a decade, how the shortage of available, affordable mental health services impact families in Alameda County.

We are very excited that as of February we are going to be able to offer play therapy for kids, individual therapy for adolescents and adults, family therapy and group therapy in our San Leandro and Pleasanton locations. We plan to begin offering similar services in our new Oakland location by summer 2020. Children and families desperately need these expanded mental health services. Through a variety of partnerships and with the full support of our board, we are excited to move forward in this new direction!

We will continue to provide all the other programs and services Hively is known for. We will just be adding these new services to our menu of offerings!
As always, we invite you to be part of our Hively community! We work every day to improve the lives of the children and families in our community. There is so much to do. Will you help us? For more information on how you can get involved, email us at [email protected].
Laptime and Storytime at Hively!
Saturday, February 8th

Family Storytime
10:00am - 10:30am
Thursday, February 13th

Toddler Laptime
(16-36 months)
10:15am - 10:45am

Baby Laptime
(0-15 months)
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Hively is partnering with the City of Pleasanton to provide
Laptime and Storytime!

Stories, music, bounces, finger-plays and more! Introduce your family to the joy of books, music and other fun activities!

Filled with books and songs, our fun activities are designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Children are encouraged to engage with the stories, activities, and their parent/caregiver.

Call Pleasanton Library at 925.931.3400 ext. 3 to register!
(Laptimes and Storytimes are located at Hively, 6601 Owens Drive, Pleasanton)

Make the Best Investment EVER!
Be a part of our thriving hive by investing in the kids of our community! It's the best investment you could ever make! You'll boost brain development, build strong families, get kids ready for kindergarten, keep babies' bottoms dry'll feel so good knowing that you are helping our community thrive! Be part of our hive! Donate to Hively today! You can make your donation of any size here.

Here's what your contribution can fund:

  • $10 baby wipes for five families
  • $35 a month's supply of diapers for one baby/toddler
  • $50 mommy and me playgroup for a month
  • $100 counseling appointment for a child or teen
  • $500 trauma training for 20 parents and child care providers

Tri-Valley Door Knocking for Kids THIS SUNDAY!
Sunday, January 19th
11:30am - 2:30PM
6601 Owens Drive, Pleasanton

Hively is excited to support Measure C at the upcoming March Ballot ! Yes on Measure C will help provide all Alameda County children with high-quality, affordable health and child care programs during the most critical period of their development, regardless of family income. 

Many of you helped us collect signatures and now it is time for the next step! Join Hively t his Sunday to knock on doors. With your help we will ensure our kids are set up for success!

Dress comfortable and getting ready to meet more of your community members! Registration not required.
Census 2020!
What is the Census? Every ten years, the Census Bureau counts every adult, child, and baby living in the country to collect basic information, including age, sex, and race. Census 2020 will NOT ask about citizenship status . Starting in March 2020, everyone will be asked to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. Responses are confidential and are protected by law.

Why is the Census important? The Census gives us data about our community, informs the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding, and determines the number of decision-makers representing us. Alameda County gets billions of dollars from the federal government for essential services -- healthcare, school programs, housing, transportation, social services and more -- based solely on the census count. An undercount means fewer resources for everyone .  For every person not counted, our community loses $10,000 over the next 10 years.

Hively, in partnership with the Alameda County Complete Count Committee, is working to ensure that our community will be fully counted in the 2020 Census. Click below for more information!
20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Breakfast

Monday, January 27th
7.30AM - 9.30AM
by Hilton Pleasanton

The Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative will be hosting the 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Fellowship Breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club. The event, which draws community leaders from throughout the Tri-Valley is a gathering to remember and honor the legacy of Dr. King. This year’s keynote speaker will be Kym Johnson, Executive Director of BANANAS. The inspiration for this year’s breakfast is the Martin Luther King quote, “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well‐being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” Ms. Johnson will be speaking about care and compassion in our communities Entertainment will be provided by Pleasanton’s newly appointed teen poet laureate, Kanchan Naik.   Click below to purchase tickets!
Hively Toy Shop!
In December Hively had so much fun distributing hundreds of toys to the families we serve every day! We couldn't have done it without the Safeway Foundation! Thanks to Christy Duncan Anderson, the Safeway Foundation partnered with Hively to collect almost a thousand toys from their employees! In addition, volunteers from Safeway staffed our Christmas Toy Shop! They helped our families shop for toys, clothes, shoes, food and lots of other household items! Our volunteer elves even helped wrap presents for all the families that visited our Toy Shop!

And, the Safeway Foundation gave Hively an amazing Christmas gift: a check for $10,000 to support our ongoing work to provide resources to families through our Community Closet and our Diaper Pantry.

Thank you, Safeway Foundation! And, special thanks to Christy Duncan Anderson!

We Love Volunteers!
We have said it before,
and we will say it again.

Boys Team Charity Pleasanton League visited Hively to help us sort and organize our Community Closet!

Hively is always looking for ways to keep our community engaged with the work we do. If you are looking for ways to get involved click below! We have volunteer drop in hours scheduled every Monday and Wednesday, 1PM - 5PM.
For our Families

 Wednesday Night Shopping!
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday | January 22nd | 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Don't forget, Hively's Community Closet is open every Tuesday and Thursday and selected Wednesday nights!

Stay up to date on our Wednesday night shopping dates by visiting our website's Community Calendar, or by clicking below!

Make a Difference for Pleasanton Festival
Saturday, January 18th
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Pleasanton Senior Center

Looking for volunteer opportunities in your area? Join Hively tomorrow at the Make a Difference for Pleasanton Festival! Participants will be able to meet with local agencies and learn about volunteering opportunities in their area!
For our Child Care Providers

California Market Rate Survey
Every two years the California Department of Education (CDE) conducts the Regional Market Rate Survey of California Child Care Providers. The results are used to establish child care reimbursement ceilings.

CDE has contracted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct the 2020 survey administration. Currently AIR is seeking Child Care Providers to test the survey prior to full-scale implementation. Feedback from these interviews will be used to improve the survey.

Interested in participating?
Contact 650-376-6309 or click below to learn more!
Upcoming Events & Training
Trauma Informed Care Schedule
(parents also welcome!)
January 22nd
Recognizing the Signs of Depression & Anxiety in Children & Teens (Part 2 of 2)
6.30PM - 8.30PM
January 29th
Communicating with Parents
6.30PM - 8.30PM
Our Diaper Darlings
Satabhish Aeka ~ Afsheen Afzal ~ Shruti Agarwal ~ Diane Anderson ~ Anne Andrade ~ Salvation Army ~ Julie Ashmore ~ Jane Kraemer Baker ~ Kelly Bair ~ Chaitali Bandyopadhyay ~ Mary Baptist ~ Deborah Barker~ Vince Barletta ~ Jack Bergman ~ Denise Berkowitz ~ Kathy Bernandez  ~  Ashley Blair ~ Blazing Fire Church ~ Colleen Botelho ~ Boys Scouts of America Troop 548~ Boys Team Charity Pleasanton League  ~  Jennifer Bradley ~ Lenisha Brewer ~ Danielle Breeden ~ Nicola Brown ~ Randy Brown ~ Tracy Brown ~ Jill Buck  ~  Sharon Caldeira ~ Julie Camberg ~ Judith Caminiti ~ Diane Carew-Mundschau ~ Amy Carr ~ Eric & Paulette Carr ~ Celebration Church ~ Carrie Chambers ~ Joe Chapman~ Kristen Charlson ~ Sue Cheney ~ Viviana Cherman ~ Jennifer Chin ~ Ann Clark ~ Noelita Conlogue ~ Alice Conover ~ Crosswinds Church  ~ Kate D'Or ~ Bibek Das ~ Ian Davidson ~ Carolyn Daw ~ Mike and Tammy Dean ~ Chuck Deckert ~ Delia & Charlie DeLaRosa ~ Nicole Denney ~ Camille Denzel ~ Alyssa de Quina ~ Shelley Despotakis ~ Janelle Dietler ~ Steve Dittmann ~ Louise D'Onofrio ~ Dublin Unified School District ~ Annie Dulka ~ Kathy Dulka ~ Kelly O'Lague Dulka ~ Christy Duncan Anderson ~ Ryan Duncan Anderson ~ Captain Craig Eicher ~ Amanda and Victor Ferrer ~ Marilyn Foletta ~ Free to Be Me Child Care ~ Kendra Frerich ~ Helen Fulgado ~ Lisa Garcia ~ Lori and Paul Garcia ~ Marty Garcia-Cotter ~ Rachael Gass ~ Kristen Geller ~ Gingerbread Preschool ~ Erin Green ~ Kristie Gross ~ Charlotte Guinn ~ Mariana Guzzardo ~ Marcus Halluin ~ Noelle Hannula ~ Jim Hanscom ~ Ann Harper ~ Hindu Community and Cultural Center ~ Jamie Yee ~ Angela & Garrett Holmes ~ Becky Hopkins ~ Jennifer Hosterman ~ Bonita F. Hourel ~ Amanda Houston ~ Betty Hudak ~ Tami Ingram ~ John Evans Cellars ~ Avadhani Jonnavithula ~ Meghan Jorgensen ~ Kaiser Livermore Pharmacy Call Center ~ Karen Kallestad-Miller ~ Nikki Kotz ~ Sara Kwan ~ Susan Kuchta ~ Merrilee Kupras ~ Lakeshore Learning ~ Kimberly LaRosa ~ LaDonna and Gary Leach ~ Livermore Area Recreation and Park District - Morale Committee ~ Joanna Livingston ~ Lynnewood United Methodist Church ~ Sisi Mac ~ Theresa Mailander ~ Hena Malik ~ Deene Malone ~ Sarah Mann ~ Ken and Carolyn Mano ~ Marilyn Mattoon ~ Serena Marley ~ Debbie Marshall ~ Helen Martin ~ Clarence Mayott ~ Ruby Metre ~ Kurt McAninch ~Ruth McAninch ~ Michelle McDonald ~ Stephanie McGough ~ Joelle McGlothlin ~ Kimberly McLellan ~ Tiana Megofna   ~ Gianna Micali ~ Amy Miller ~ Mary Millet ~ Mollie Molin ~ Wendy Montgomery ~ Kathy Morrison ~ Nancy Mullins ~ Lacey Munson ~ Alice Nakanishi ~ Dorian Nasby ~ National Charity League ~ Debbie Nemecek ~ Diane Nico ~ North Pleasanton Rotary Club ~ Jeremiah Olson ~ Brittany Omphroy ~Renee Palm ~ Paramount Export Company ~ Dezarae Patterson ~ Pleasanton Boys Team Charity ~ Kasia Pozo ~ Colin and Anneke Proudfoot ~ Woody Queen ~ David Quistian ~ Kathleen Redmond ~ Angela Register ~ Tami Resendez ~ Heather Rizzoli ~ Room to Grow Preschool ~ Rotary Club of Pleasanton ~ Bonnie Russell ~ The Safeway Foundation ~ Saint Raymond Catholic Church WINGS Group ~ Gwen Salzborn ~ Lucinda Scanlan ~ Susan Schall ~ Share the Spirit East Bay News Group ~ Laurie Shields ~ Toni Sims ~ Harshmeet Singh ~ Dina Sklovskaya ~ Janel Sloan ~ Linda Smith ~ Jennifer Solari ~ Solid Rock Church of God in Christ ~ St. Clare's Episcopal Church ~ Dick Stafford ~ Marie and Padraig Stapleton ~ Marissa Stein ~ Diane Tamisika ~ Angela Tan ~ Bob Tedrick ~ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ~ Arevik Tigranyan ~ Stefanie Tomlinson ~ Diane Totaro ~ Lori Traverso ~ Tri-Valley Haven ~ Valley Community Church ~ Valley Family Child Care Association ~ Austin Verive ~ Arany Uthayakumar ~ Katherine Wade ~ Walmart Community Grants Team Facility #5426 Fremont - Kelli Walter ~ Albrae St. Location ~ Julie Weber ~ Nafiya Weston ~ Dawn Wilson ~ Marjorie Wong-Gilmore ~ Wood Family Vineyards ~ Carly Yamaichi ~ Lea Yancey ~ Kathy Young