Family Programs 


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Harmony
 
The Family Resource Network offers a resource and support group for grandparents and kinship caregivers. 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, January 8 to April 30
(No group January 15, February 19, April 16)
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 contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Registration for our winter classes begins Wednesday, January 3, 2018. 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)
Coming the Spring to the Everett/Malden area.
Tuesdays, September 26 to November 21 (No class October 31)
For further information or to register, please call (781) 338-7607 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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, March 7 to April 11
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. Go to Community Services section of our website to find information about The Baby Café, Mothers Helping Mothers Free Store, as well as CPR, First Aid and Stress Management classes. 

* Pre-toddler Play
Drop-in Fridays, January 12 to April 27
(No class February 23, March 23 & 30, April 20)
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, January 9 to February 13
     •   Session 2: Tuesdays, March 6 to April 10


* 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, January 10 to February 14
     •   Session 2: Wednesdays, March 7 to April 11

* 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, January 10 to February 14
     •   Session 2: Wednesdays, March 7 to April 11

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, January 9 to February 13
     •   Session 2: Tuesdays, March 6 to April 10

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, January 3, 17; February 7, 28; March 7, 21; April 4, 25

     •   Lynnfield Public Library, 18 Summer Street, Lynnfield
         Thursdays, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12

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. Join Miss Kathy and Miss Katie.


* Let Your STEAM Out! (Ages 2 to 5 years)
Drop-in Wednesdays, January 10 to April 25
(No group on February 21, April 18)
Location: Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield (please enter through the front door on Main Street)
3:30 - 4:30 pm

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.   Join Miss Deb and Miss Nicole.


* Saturday Play & Learn (Ages 2 to 5 years)
Drop-in Saturdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 10, 24; March 10, 17, 24, 31
Location: Burbank YMCA, 36 Arthur B Lord Drive, Reading
9:30 - 11 am
Please check in at the main desk.

Come and enjoy some creative play, crafts, music, stories and songs.   We ask that you 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. Thank you to the Burbank YMCA for allowing us to use their great space. Registration is not required.  


* Movin' & Groovin' (Ages 2 to 4 years)
Location: Stoneham Boys & Girls Club, 15 Dale Court, Stoneham
9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
     •  Session 1: Thursdays, January 11 to February 15
     •  Session 2: Thursdays, March 8 to April 12

Join us for 45 minutes of stretching, shaking, and singing. This six-week group will get your heart pumping while building healthy bodies and brains. Suggested donation of $50 per child, $75 for two or more, is optional and tax deductible. Registration required.


* Fitness, Food and Friends (Ages 2 to 4 years, siblings welcome)
Location: Stoneham Boys & Girls Club, 15 Dale Court, Stoneham
10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
     •  Session 1: Thursdays, January 11 to February 15
     •  Session 2: Thursdays, March 8 to April 12

This pilot class is for children and their caregivers. You will learn about healthy eating habits and fun physical activities to do with your toddler to encourage a healthy lifestyle. We will be making and eating a snack with each class. Please let us know of any food allergies when you register. Suggested donation of $50 per child, $75 for two or more, is optional and tax deductible. Registration required.


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