The North Suburban Child and Family Resource Coalition coordinating local services for young childrenAs of July 1, 2010, the combined program will be known as the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network (NSCFRN). The NSCFRN will be administered through the Wakefield Public Schools in collaboration with the Melrose Public Schools, Stoneham Public Schools and Hallmark Health. The mission of the newly formed NSCFRN is to offer education and support to early childhood educators, caregivers and families with children from prenatal through entering kindergarten.
Wakefield Superintendent Joan Landers said, “It is my hope that through collaboration between the communities of Melrose, Stoneham and Wakefield, we will be able to continue the quality of programs and services for families and young children.”
Molly Goyette, former director of the CPC, will now be the director of the CFCE Grant and be housed in the Family Resource Network, where she will continue her work with parents and educators. She will be on hand to discuss childcare financial assistance and vouchers, early education and care program options as well as provide referrals for family support programs in the area. Goyette will also share resources on quality indicators for childcare, licensing regulations and be available to answer questions parents may have on potential childcare programs, helping them to find the best match for their child. In addition, she will continue working with the local preschools and childcare agencies supporting their efforts to attain accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), providing professional development opportunities as well as other program quality initiatives.
Kathy Harlow and Barbara Musselman, familiar faces at the Network, will continue in their current roles, bringing educational programs such as caregiver/child play and learn groups, drop in play, support groups, family fun events, parent workshops and other resources to families in the community. As always, Harlow is available to consult with families on parenting issues and to help in making referrals.
The NSCFRN will be open for limited hours during the summer, on Wednesdays, through Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Drop-In Play Room will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Parent and Infant Group, a support group for new parents, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Summer concerts will be offered at the Beebe Estate in Melrose during July and August.
The full services of the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Coalition will be available this fall. For more information or to be added to the Network’s mailing list, call the office at 781-662-2722 or visit www.hallmarkhealth.org and select “Medical Services.”
Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.