Kathy's Korner

It’s hard to believe that 2018 will be arriving soon. January brings, hope and resolutions! People always ask what your New Year’s resolutions will be. Maybe this year one of yours will be to get involved in the Family Resource Network Advisory Council.

You, our participants, are important to us. We are here for you, and want to hear from you. Parenting and the issues facing parents today are changing from when I was raising my family. Parents are “jugglers” and try hard not to let any of the balls drop. How can we be there as a partner in parenting? The Family Resource Network is working on a Facebook page and the ability to “tweet” out messages between flyers to keep people in the know. This is just one of the ways that can help us be there for you. Another is the Family Resource Network Advisory Council, which is comprised of representatives from local businesses, community and state government, and non-profit organizations, such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs and others. The Advisory Council meets four times a year to discuss what is going on not only with the network, but in our communities, and with our partners represented at the table. This year, it is our task to do a needs assessment of our communities to see how we can strengthen the network and make it more accessible to our families. If you have suggestions, are interested in attending as a parent or a representative of a parent organization, feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Family Resource staff wishes you and your family a year full of love, kindness, hugs, and priceless moments with your family.

Please note the office will be closed the week of December 25; we will reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Program registrations will begin Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Together We Can Make a Difference, 

Kathy

Services Provided

This is a list of some of the services we offer for parents and educators.

  • •  Custodial Grandparent or kinship caregiver raising a child support and resource group that meets twice a month

  • •   Weekly play and learn group for parents of children Birth – Six months old

  • •   Play and Learn Groups for caregiver and Pre-Toddlers through Toddlers (7 months – 5 years old)

  • •   Parent and Caregiver Workshops; some include childcare

  • •   Free Family Fun Activities

  • •   Transition workshops for children entering preschool and kindergarten

Ages and Stages Developmental Screenings:  As parents, we want to know that our child is on track developing and learning all that they can. Through the Department of Early Education and Care, we have been trained in using the Ages and Stages Developmental and Social Emotional Growth questionnaire. The Ages and Stages screening tool is a great way to learn more about your child’s development and what things they will be learning to do.

You  complete the questionnaire that is based on your child’s age in the comfort of your own home, and then return the information to the Family Resource Network. Once completed, you and a staff member can review the results and see what we can do together to help your child reach their full potential. If you have any questions, please call our office at (781) 246-5187

Childcare and Preschool Information: http://www.eec.state.ma.us/ChildCareSearch/EarlyEduMap.aspx
The Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care website allows parents and caregivers access to a listing by town of all licensed childcare providers and preschools. Our office has a checklist of what to look for when visiting the sites. If you would like to see if you are eligible for financial assistance, go to www.childcarecircuit.org, where you will be instructed to fill out the voucher form. Please feel free to call our office (781) 246-5187 if you have questions.  

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