Parent and Caregiver Workshops

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. 

Regional Workshop for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Monday, October 16
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Perkins Hall, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose
Registration required.

Contact Colleen Pritoni at (617) 748-2454 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is offering six, statewide regional workshops for grandparents and kinship caregivers.  Join us for this informative workshop, opportunity to learn about available resources, and meet other caregivers. Special guest, District Attorney, Marian Ryan will be presenting a workshop on the Risks and Impacts of the Opioid Crisis: A Presentation for Seniors.   There will be an informational panel that will include representatives from DCF, DTA, MassHealth, and more. Breakfast pastries, coffee, tea, and water will be provided.  

Preparing Your Child for Preschool
Wednesday, October 18   7 pm – 9 pm
Perkins Hall, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose
Registration required (781) 246-5187

If your child will be entering preschool in the fall of 2018, registration for programs begins in early 2018. Choosing a preschool program can be almost as frightening as choosing a college these days!  Even the "language" can be confusing...preschools, day schools child care programs, Montessori, public preschool... what are they all and where do we possibly start?  This workshop will teach you some of things preschool directors and teacher want parents to know to help prepare their child for a successful transition into preschool.  You will learn what to look for and questions to ask. Come meet and talk to other parents and administrators from a variety of child care programs to learn about these and other programs! After the presentation, we will have a panel discussion focusing on the overwhelming task of finding the perfect placement for your preschool age child.   Facilitator, Patti Kheboian, has over 25 years of experience teaching, consulting, and working with families of young children


Using Songs and Games As An Approach to Bilingualism
Thursday, November 9     7 pm – 9 pm
Perkins Hall , Melrose Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose
Registration required (781) 246-5187      

Join us as Co-Founders of Mi Pequeña Academia, Carmenza Ruiz and Alejandra Williamson, and Co-Founder of SingALingo, Piña Madera, share their experience as language educators and as mothers of bilingual children, revealing the myths and facts of bilingualism. These educators have been using songs and games to engage young children in developmentally appropriate activities that encourage creative use of language through singing and playing. Presenters will share simple, easy ways that teachers, parents and caregivers can teach young children grammatical patterns of a second language through exploration, naturally and playfully, while focusing on relevant, communicative language.  This approach also boosts children's pre-literacy skills!

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