North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network


Parent and caregiver workshops are offered through the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network, a program of the Wakefield Public Schools in collaboration with Hallmark Health System. 

Workshops are open to parents, caregivers and educators with children from birth through entering kindergarten. There is a suggested donation of $5 for the workshop. Suggested donations are optional and families will not be refused participation due to inability to donate. To receive a Certificate of Attendance, an additional $10 will be collected.

Workshops are held during school months of September to June at Perkins Hall, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose, from 7 – 9 pm. Call 781-246-5187 to register.

For additional information and to be added to our mailing list, contact our office by phone or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Family Resource Network is funded by a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant through the Department of Early Education and Care through Wakefield Public Schools in collaboration with Hallmark Health System.

Developmental Milestones and Red Flags for Children Ages 3-5 Years Old
Thursday, February 25, 7 - 9 pm
Location: Perkins Hall, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
Are you a parent, family childcare provider or teacher raising or working with children from 3 to 5 years old? This workshop will discuss appropriate developmental milestones, as well as red flags to watch for as children in your care grow and develop. We will discuss what to be on the lookout for and what supports are available when you have concerns. Presenters Patti Kheboian and Ruth Ann Strongfrom the Criterion Stoneham Early Intervention Program, come to us with a wealth of experience in working with families and children with developmental delays.

Eat the Healthy Way, Not the Wealthy Way
Wednesday, March 2, 7 - 9 pm
Location: Perkins Hall, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
Food shopping doesn't have to put a hole in your wallet, nor does it have to take all the time out of your daily routine to keep your family healthy. Sure, buying prepared foods is easier, but is it healthier? Preparing your own food at home allows you to control what you put into meals and what you don't. Come join a fun and interactive class that focuses on becoming a savvy food shopper and sets you up for strategies to prepare foods the healthiest way for your family. Presented by Kammy Demello, Nutritionist, North Suburban WIC.

Emotions Coaching: Pre-registration required. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 781-393-2106
Monday, March 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Marsha Caron Theater, Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford (enter through the Medford Family Network)
This free workshop is sponsored by the Medford Family Network, Malen CFCE, Everett CFCE and the NSCFRN. Limited childcare is available.
Emotions dominate the world of our children. Since emotions regulation precedes self-discipline, it is essential that we consciously nurture these skills from infancy through adolescence. Together we will identify the four skills of an emotions coach and how to teach emotions identification, modulation and expression to our children. The goal is not to suppress emotions, but to express them in ways that are not destructive to ourselves, others or property. Presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald, Certified Human Behavior Consultant.

Maneuvering the Maze
Wednesdays, April 6 and 13 and Monday, April 25, 7 - 9 pm 
Location: Perkins Hall, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
When a child has special needs, locating supports can be an overwhelming process! Presenters will provide an overview of the available services and how to access them. Learn about working with school systems and special education laws, government benefits and family support. There is no charge for these workshops. This series is sponsored by EMARC, The North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network, The Medford Family Network, Mass Families Organizing for Change, and Riverside Community Care. To register, call Judy Santa Maria at EMARC, 781-942-4888, ext. 4022 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Baby Signing 101

Thursday, April 14, 7-8:30 p.m.,

Location:  Perkins Hall, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose

Ever wonder what your baby is thinking? Baby sign language gives parents and caregivers the opportunity to communicate with their children long before babies can verbalize their wants and needs. Research shows that signing with babies accelerates language acquisition, increases IQ, boosts bonding and reduces frustration. During this workshop, you will learn: basic signs, how and when to use signs, and specific routines and songs to use at home. Participants will receive an informational packet that includes basic signs and activities to try at home. **This workshop is geared toward adults but non-mobile babies are welcome. Facilitated by Alison Chamallas, Kid Speak.


Who Is Really Raising the Children? -- Family Media Management

Wednesday, April 27, 7 - 9 pm     Call 781-246-5187 to register.

Location: The Savings Bank Theater, Wakefield High School, 60 Farm Street, Wakefield

Most families enjoy their media and technology. But, they know achieving a healthy balance is tricky. Some are experiencing problems with their children’s academics, social and emotional development, sleep and physical health due to the amount and type of technology in family life. This workshop series helps families find creative ways to maintain a healthy media diet. Special attention is given to individual family schedules, values and needs.  Topics will include; overview of Childhood Technology Concepts from birth to 8 years old, how to introduce and maintain appropriate media for each age group, and how to design a family media plan.  For over 15 years, Jean Rogers has been supporting parents, teachers and healthcare professionals to raise healthy children in a media-saturated world. Jean has an M.S. Ed and a Graduate Certificate in Parenting Education from Wheelock College and a BA in English from Rhode Island College. 

This program is sponsored by Canterbury Children's Center, Melrose Family Room and the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network. Due to generous donations from the Cnaterbury School and The Melrose Family Room, there will be no charge for this workshop for certificates of attendance. 


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