Kathy's Korner

What a great summer we had. The “ParqueArte” – Bilingual Playground Art, facilitated by Mi Pequeña Academia Preschool owners and educators, Carmenza and Alejandra was a huge success. Thank you to Carmenza and Alejandra for sharing their time and talents with us.

We are also fortunate to have many community partners who provide us with space for programs throughout the year. Thank you to the Lynnfield Public Library; Melrose’s Beebe Estate, Franklin Early Childhood Center, First Congregational Church and the Church of the Nazarene; North Reading’s Flint Memorial Library; Hallmark Health Reading Medical Center; Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield; Stoneham, Wakefield and Winchester’s Parks and Recreation Departments, and the Wakefield Americal Civic Center. Without the assistance of our Advisory Council, community partners, and you, our families, the work we do would not be as successful as it is.

After each of our programs, we ask participants how we can improve a program and suggestions for new programs.   We listened, and have made some changes to our classes.   We will have a class of Alphabet Soup that allows you to bring a child over 2 and a younger sibling, we will have a STEAM class, and also a STEAM afternoon drop in play once a week.   As we pilot these programs, we encourage you to participate, but also keep sharing your ideas. One way to be involved in what is happening at the network is through our Advisory Council.   Having parents on the council keeps us connected to you and our community’s needs.   If you are interested, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Together We Can Make a Difference, 


Services Provided

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

  • •   Custodial Grandparent or other relative raising a child Support Group that meets twice a month

  • •   Parent and Infant Support Group (birth through 6 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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