North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network

Family Programs

Babies’ First Year        (Newborn - 12 months)                               Donations Welcome                Drop-In
Family Resource Network; 30 Farm Street, Wakefield
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 PM    Sept. 16 – Dec. 16   (No group Oct. 28 and Nov. 11)
Is being a new parent all you thought it would be?  Join other parents to discuss the joys and challenges of your child’s first year.  Bring your questions and concerns! Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, followed by a topic discussion.  Topics may include Feeding, Sleeping, Soothing a Crying Baby, Infant Development, Enhancing Early Learning, Balancing Work and Baby, Childcare Options, and Self Care for New Parents.  Facilitated by a Parent Child Educator.

Toddlers on the Go    (12-24 months)                                          Donations Welcome                                       Drop-In
Boys and Girls Club Stoneham; 15 Dale Court, Stoneham
Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30 AM    Sept. 19 – Dec. 19   (No group Oct. 31 and Nov. 27)     
Songs and other developmental play activities will delight you and your child.   Share experiences and information with other parents.  Learn about development, temperament, parenting strategies and other topics.  A Parent Child Educator facilitates the groups.  Suggested donation of $5 is optional and tax deductible. 

Park and Play                            Drop-In
Tuesdays           Sept. 16 – Oct. 21 10 – 11 AM      Location: Ginn Field, 35 Waterfield Road, Winchester
Wednesdays     Sept. 17 – Oct. 22    10 – 11 AM      Location:  Steele Park (behind Town Hall), Stoneham
 Join staff members from the Family Resource Network for an hour of fun with friends.  We will gather to sing some songs, read a book, bring out the parachute or have a parade.  Information regarding other family fun and resources in the community will be available.    If it is raining, we will not be playing.   Call the Family Resource Network at 781-246-5187 if you are in doubt.  

Toddler Time       (2 & 3 year olds)     **Suggested Donation: $40                        Registration  Required
Location: To be determined.
Group 1   Tuesdays    9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  Nov. 4 – Dec. 16   (No class Nov. 11)    
Group 2   Tuesdays  10:45 AM - 11:45 AM  Nov. 4 – Dec. 16   (No class Nov. 11)   
This six-week play and learn group is designed for parents/caregivers and children 2-3 years old to enjoy interacting with peers while learning literacy skills, singing songs and participating in activities and simple arts and crafts.  Younger siblings, ages 8-23 months, may attend and should be registered along with the older child.  Siblings 0-7 months must be in a front pack.  Suggested donation of $40 per child, $60 for two or more, is optional and tax deductible.

Alphabet Soup      (2 - 4 year olds)       **Suggested Donation: $40                       Registration  Required    Location: Franklin Early Childhood Center, 16 Franklin St., Melrose
This six-week play and learn group is designed for parents/caregivers and children from 2 - 4 years old.  The group will use reading, singing, crafts, and play to learn letters of the alphabet while developing your child's pre reading skills.   Please bring a drink in a covered cup (no juice boxes) and a peanut free snack.   Suggested donation of $40 per child, $60 for two or more, is optional and tax deductible.  Younger siblings ages 0-7 months, may attend but must be in a front pack.

Session 1     September/October
Group A    Thursdays   9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  September 18 – October 23  
Group B    Thursdays 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM  September 18 – October 23  

Session 2     November/December
Group A    Thursdays   9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  November 6 – December 18 (No class Nov. 27)   
Group B    Thursdays 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM  November 6 – December 18 (No class Nov. 27)   

Shake Your Sillies Out at the Network   (Newborn – 4 year olds)           Family Resource Network                    Drop-In
What better way to wind down the day than to “shake your sillies out” at the Family Resource Network.  Come and enjoy our playroom, meet some friends or make some new ones.  It is a great time to unwind before starting the evening routine.  A Family Resource Network staff member will be on hand to lead songs and activities and share any parenting stories or questions you may have. 

Mondays  3:30 – 5 PM                     Sept. 15 & 29; Oct. 27; Nov. 10, 17, & 24; Dec. 8 & 15
Wednesdays     3:30 – 5 PM            Sept. 17 – Dec. 17   (No group Nov. 26)

Saturday Play & Learn Time at the Network      (Children under 5 years old)      Drop-in
Saturdays                                9:30 AM – 11:00 AM                           Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and Dec. 6, 13
Location:  Family Resource Network, Woodville School, 30 Farm Street, Wakefield: Use the door on the left side of the building. 
Come and enjoy our large playroom.  It is a great time for working parents to unwind and a fun place for caregivers to hang out with the kids.  Family Resource Network staff member will be on hand to lead songs and activities and share any parenting stories or questions you may have. 
*For safety purposes, in case of any snow or ice, please call the office at 781-246-5187 to make sure we are open.*

The Baby Café:  A drop-in program offering breastfeeding support and assistance.  Pregnant mothers interested in learning about breastfeeding are welcome to attend.  Baby Cafés are facilitated by Hallmark Health System lactation consultants and counselors.   Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Baby Café, Melrose, is held at The Church of the Nazarene, 2 Short Street, Melrose, (781-979-6455) on Wednesday 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM and Friday 10 AM – 12 PM.   Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Baby Café, Malden, funded by MA State WIC, is held at the WIC office, 239 Commercial Street, Malden, (781-338-7578), on Tuesday from 5 PM – 7 PM or at the Everett WIC office, Everett City Hall, 484 Broadway, Room 1A, (617-387-2097), on Thursday from 5 PM – 7 PM.

Feeling Fit & Fabulous:  Are you at least 16 weeks along in your pregnancy?  Are you interested in learning about what to eat and exercises to do that will help keep you and your baby healthy?  Would you like to meet other pregnant women?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this program is for you.  Call 781-338-7607 for more information about this free program.  This program is sponsored by the North Suburban WIC Nutrition Program.   The facilitator is certified in Motherwell Maternity Fitness©.

Creative Coping for New Moms:  This free program is designed for first time moms with children under the age of one.  Join us for this eight-week program that offers presentations on special parenting topics including healthy nutrition and physical activity for moms and babies.  Childcare support is available.  Please call 781-338-7607 for additional information or to register for our next session in the fall of 2014. The program is partially funded by The Children’s Trust in collaboration with Hallmark Health System.    

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