North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network

Family Programs

Parent & Infant Group       (Newborn - 6 months)
Suggested Donation: $5 per class             Drop-In
Mondays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. May 5 – June 9 (No group May 26) Join other parents and caregivers of infants, newborn to 6 months, for support and information. Discuss the joys and challenges of caring for a new baby.   Learn about growth and development, feeding patterns, soothing a fussy child, sleep habits, and other topics.   Moms and dads welcome.  Group is led by Kathy Harlow, Family Resource Network Program Manager.  Suggested donations are optional and tax deductible.

Pre-Toddler Play and Learn Groups
Suggested Donation: $5 per class  Drop-In
Fridays, May 2 – June 6 Creepin’ Crawlers    (7 - 13 months)     10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
 Wobblin’ Walkers   (14 - 20 months)      9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Songs and other developmental play activities will delight you and your child.   Share experiences and information with other parents.  Learn more about development, temperament, parenting strategies and other topics.  The age ranges listed are flexible.    Groups are led by a Parent Child Educator.  Suggested donations are optional and tax deductible.
Toddler Play and Learn Groups

These six-week play and learn sessions are designed for parents/caregivers and children to enjoy interacting with peers while learning literacy skills, singing songs and participating in activities and simple arts and crafts.  Toddlers should be 21 months of age at the start of the group.  Younger siblings, ages 8-20 months, may attend and should be registered along with the older child.  A Parent Child Educator facilitates the groups.

We are asking for a suggested donation of $40 per child to participate in a six- week Toddler Play and Learn group (listed below).   Families with more than one child one year and older in the same group will be asked for a suggested donation of $60 per family.  Suggested donations are optional and families will not be refused participation due to inability to donate. You can speak with a  staff member confidentially when registering.   Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.  Suggested donations are tax-deductible and non-refundable.  Please make checks payable to Hallmark Health System.

Terrific Toddlers (Ages 21 months to 3 year olds)    Registration required
You may also register siblings 8-20 months with a terrific toddler age older sibling.
Group 1   Wednesdays                       9:15 AM - 10:15 AM             May 7 – June 11

Group 2   Wednesdays      10:45 AM – 11:45 AM         May 7 – June 11       

Group 3   Thursdays           9:15 AM - 10:15 AM             May 8 – June 12

Group 4   Thursdays           10:45 AM - 11:45 AM            May 8 – June 12   
Alphabet Soup   (Ages 2 – 4 year olds)     Registration required
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.  A Parent Child Educator will facilitate the group.

Group A    Tuesdays            9:15 AM - 10:15 AM             May 6 – June 10  

Group B    Tuesdays            10:45 AM – 11:45 AM           May 6 – June 10   
Daily Drop-in Playtime at the Network      (Children under 5 yrs. old)  Monday-Friday   9:30 AM – 12:30 PM   
April 28 – June 13  
Location:  North Suburban Family Network, 39 Pleasant Street, Stoneham
Drop-in playtime at the North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network is a wonderful opportunity to play and interact with your child.  Come and enjoy the company of other families with young children while playing in our playroom.  Books, puzzles, toys, blocks and more await you and your child.  Drinks in covered cups are welcome, but please do not bring snacks.  

Parent and Caregiver Workshops

PLEASE NOTE:  A suggested donation of $5 for each parent & caregiver education workshop will be collected when you sign in the night of our workshops.  Suggested donations are optional and families will not be refused participation due to inability to donate.  To receive a Certificate of Attendance, an additional $5 will be collected.

Our parent & caregiver education classes this year are made possible by a
 generous donation from the Melrose Rotary Club.  Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Family Resource Network is grateful for their support.

From Seeds to STEMs: “Nurturing Young Children into Blooming STEM Investigators!"

Monday, May 19                  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM                   Registration required

Location:  The Purpose School, 1 Church Street, Stoneham

This workshop is for parents and caregivers interested in learning about the most current research on early childhood learning and development as it pertains to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Participants will learn, share, and discuss strategies for developing STEM skills in PreK and Kindergarten age children and walk away with hands and minds full of activities and investigations to share and partake in with their children. Presented by Sean Musselman, a K-5 Science Specialist for the Burlington Public Schools and a lifelong enthusiast for the education and development of our community’s youngest citizens.

Family Fun Activities

StoryWalk®    “Over in the Forest” by Marianne Burkes       April 19 – April 27
We are excited to announce our collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells, and Melrose Mass in Motion to offer a self-guided walk through the Fells! This family activity will feature the children’s book, Over in the Forest, by Marianne Burkes. Children and their parents will learn about the different forest animals that can be found in the Fells, as they read laminated pages of the book posted along the trail. Directions for the self-guided walk will be posted at Crystal Trail in Greenwood Park, across the street from the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, April 19 – April 27, to coincide with Earth Day and school break. This program was adapted from The StoryWalk® Project created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Travelling Treasure Trunk Presents:   “Pick My Nose and Call Me Stinky” and “I’m a Frog”

Wednesday, April 23    9:30 AM                   (Ages 2 ½ - 5 year olds)                                                          Registration required

Odyssey Day School, 11 Paul Avenue, Wakefield                                                                            Call 781-279-0300

The Travelling Treasure Trunk is an undergraduate children’s theater troupe and community service organization based out of Tufts University.  They write their own plays, make their own costumes, sing their own songs and do their own stunts.   They will be performing two plays for us.   “Pick My Nose and Call Me Stinky” is the story of a land where all of the smells have gone missing and one detective’s goofy quest to find them.  The other play, “I’m A Frog”, is the story of a pig who is absolutely convinced that she is a frog!  Travelling Treasure Trunk combines their love of theater with community outreach. Voluntary donations collected at the performance will be donated to Mystic Learning Center, a local community center that enriches and supports the lives of low-income children through positive education and recreation.  Registration required. 

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