The Family Center

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The Family Center believes that parents are the child’s first teacher and that play is how children learn. Our groups and programs give parents the support they need to be loving and nurturing and to guide children in positive ways toward becoming healthy, happy productive adults. Focusing on serving families with children prenatal through Age 8.

Play & Learn Groups: held mornings and evenings throughout the week. Click here for the schedule: Playgroup Schedule Spring 2017

Parent Education and Special Events are planned throughout the year. For information on parent education and special activities and events click here: June newsletter and calendar.

Programs/Services Offered:

  • Parent-Child Play and Learn Groups
  • Help Me Grow:  Quick and easy child development screening program
  • Parent Education Workshops and classes on many topics
  • Worry-free on-site child care and transportation for workshop and groups
  • Support groups for parents
  • Personal Guidance for parents with children with challenging behaviors
  • Family Events and Activities
  • Information and referral services and connection resources
  • Free Children’s Clothing and Book Exchange
  • Parent Resource Library with Books, DVDs and CDs
  • Educator Support with transitions for children
  • Monthly Family Newsletter with parent education articles and community events

Effectiveness/Benefits:

  • Connect with other parents to share parenting stories and swap information
  • Learn about parenting issues and child development
  • Find out about fun family activities and community events in our newsletter
  • Give your child opportunities to play with other children, make friends and get ready for school
  • Parent involvement and leadership opportunities
  • Get involved by taking advantage of our parent involvement and leadership opportunities

Eligibility Criteria: The Family Center is open to all families with children prenatal through age 8 from the following towns: Adams, North Adams, Williamstown,  Clarksburg, Cheshire, Hancock, New Ashford, Lanesborough, Florida, Monroe and Savoy.

Funding Sources:

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

Coordinated Community and Family Engagement Grant

Massachusetts Children’s Trust

Berkshire Taconic Foundation

Community Contributions

Handy links for parents:

onetoughjob.org

brainbuildinginprogress.org

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