Family Programs 


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Harmony
 
The North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network offers a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren and other relatives raising a family member. The program meets twice a month from September through June. For additional information, call the office (781) 246-5187 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Hello Baby, Now What? (Birth – 6 months)  
Drop-in  Mondays, September 11 to December 18 (No group October 9)
10:30 – noon
Location: Melrose Church of the Nazarene, 2 Short Street, Melrose.

Join a play and learn group with your baby! We will talk, sing, share joys and challenges, and make new friends. Guest speakers are invited based on the interests of parents in the group. Feel free to come any time during the group. Have questions or topics you would like to see addressed? Feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Registration for our fall classes begins Wednesday, September 6. Call (781) 246-5187.
Classes are subject to change due to enrollment.
Registration: No family will be denied participation in a Family Resource Network program. If the suggested donation is a concern for your family, please let us know when you register. Information is kept confidential.
 
* Enhanced Creative Coping (Prenatal to 12 months)
Tuesdays, September 26 to November 21 (No class October 31)
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Melrose Church of the Nazarene, 2 Short Street, Melrose.
Registration required. Call (781)338-7607

This is a group for moms with children from birth to 1 year old and expectant moms. Each week a topic will be presented by community “experts”. Topics include development, challenges of parenthood, keeping your child safe, and more. Childcare and transportation support available.


* Connecting and Caring, a Program for New and Expectant Mothers, Pop-Up Mothers Breakfast Group
Wednesdays, September 20 to November 8
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Woburn WIC Office, 600 Cummings Park, Suite # 1750
Registration suggested. Call Sharon Burton at (781) 338-7579

Join expectant and first-time mothers for breakfast while learning from program staff and peers about resources and information to be better prepared for the experience of first-time parenting. Childcare support and transportation available.

Hallmark Health offers additional programs for new and expectant parents: The Baby Café, Mothers Helping Mothers Free Store, CPR, First Aid and Stress Management classes. For more information, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org.


* Pre-toddler Play
Drop-in Fridays, September 15 to December 15 (No class November 10 and 24)
Location: Stoneham Boys & Girls Glub, 15 Dale Court, Stoneham. Use door on right side of building.
Registration not required.
     •   Creepin'Crawlers: ages 7-14 months; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
     •   Wobblin'Walkers: ages 15-23 months, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

You and your child will enjoy music, storytelling and developmental play activities. Learn about development, parenting strategies and related topics. Share experiences and information with other parents.


The following two six-week ABC groups are designed for parents or caregivers and their 2 1/2 - 4 year old. The group will use reading, singing, crafts and play to learn the alphabet while developing pre-reading skills. Younger siblings, ages 8-30 months, may attend the Alphabet Souper Sibs group and should be registered along with the older child. Siblings 0-7 months must be in a front pack. Suggested donation of $50 per child, $75 for two or more (over 1 year) is optional and tax deductible. Registration required.


* Alphabet Soup (Ages 2-1/2 to 4 years)
NOTE: Siblings 0 to 7 months only in this group and must be in a front pack.
Location: Franklin Early Childhood Center, 16 Franklin Street, Melrose
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
     •   Session 1: Tuesdays, September 12 to October 17
     •   Session 2: Tuesdays, October 31 to December 12 (No class November 21)


* Alphabet Souper Sibs (Ages 2-1/2 to  4 years)
NOTE: Younger siblings 8 to 30 months welcome
Location: Hallmark Health Medical Center, 30 Newcrossing Road, Reading
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
     •   Session 1: Wednesdays, September 13 to October 18
     •   Session 2: Wednesdays, November 1 to December 13 (No class November 22)


* Terrific Toddlers ( Ages 2 to 4 years)
Location: Hallmark Health Medical Center, 30 Newcrossing Road, Reading
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
     •   Session 1: Wednesdays, September 13 to October 18
     •   Session 2: Wednesdays, November 1 to December 13 (No class November 22)

This six-week play and learn group is designed for parents or caregivers and children 2-4 years old to enjoy interacting with peers while learning literacy skills, singing songs and participating in activities and arts and crafts. Younger siblings, ages 8-23 months, may attend and should be registered along with the older child. Siblings 0-7 months must be in a front pack. Suggested donation of $50 per child, $75 for two or more (over 1 year) is optional and tax deductible. Registration required.


* STEAM and Stories (Ages 2-1/2 to 4 years)
NOTE: Siblings 0 to 7 months only in this group and must be in a front pack.
Location: Franklin Early Childhood Center, 16 Franklin Street, Melrose
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
     •   Session 1: Tuesdays, September 12 to October 17
     •   Session 2: Tuesdays, October 31 to December 12 (No class November 21)

Young children are natural born scientists, engineers, artists and mathematicians! Join us as we explore the world through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.  This six-week play and learn group is designed for parents or caregivers with children 2 ½ - 4 years old.  Children will explore STEAM through stories and fun hands-on activities, where they will create, invent, reason and problem solve. Suggested donation of $50 per child, $75 for two or more is optional and tax deductible. Registration required.


* Library Storytime Fun
(Ages 2 to 4 years, siblings welcome)
Drop-in 
10 - 10:45 a.m. both locations
     •   Flint Memorial Library, Activity Room, 147 Park Street, North Reading
         Wednesdays, September 6, 20; October 4, 18; November 1, 15; December 6, 20.

     •   Lynnfield Public Library, 18 Summer Street, Lynnfield
         Thursdays, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14

Join staff members from the Family Resource Network for 45 minutes of fun and learning. We will gather to sing, do a craft, read a book, and maybe even bring out the parachute. Registration is not required.


* Let Your STEAM Out! (Ages 2 to 5 years)
Drop-in Wednesdays September 13 to October 18
Location: Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield (please enter through the front door on Main Street)
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Looking for something to do with your child that is fun and educational? Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math can be learned through play. Educational activities will be set up for children to explore. This program is in collaboration with the Wakefield Parks and Recreation Department. Registration is not required. A suggested donation of $5 a family is appreciated but not required to participate.


* Saturday Play & Learn (Ages 2 to 5 years)
Drop-in Saturdays, November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16
Location: Stoneham Boys & Girls Glub, 15 Dale Court, Stoneham
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Come and enjoy some creative play, crafts, music, stories and songs. Drive down Dale Court; take a right and then a right into the fenced parking lot. Enter through the last door on the left. Please do not bring a snack, no food is allowed. Feel free to bring a drink in a cup with a cover. If the weather is inclement, please call 781-246-5187 to check if the program is being held. Registration is not required.


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