Submitted by Don Forest on Thu, 2015-02-05 16:11
For those of us at Square One who were among the record-breaking viewership of Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, the game-saving, goal-line interception by the Patriots in the final minute was exciting, to say the least. But for those of us in Family Services at Square One, the game’s most exciting moments happened off the field, on television. They were commercials.
Submitted by Don Forest on Fri, 2014-12-05 09:26
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to families, as well as funding to support quality initiatives for child care settings. CCDBG is administered to states and the states then use these grants to subsidize, in-part, agencies like Square One which provide child care for low-income working families. Most of this assistance is administered through vouchers which can be used by parents for the provider or program of their choice.
Submitted by Don Forest on Thu, 2014-10-23 11:56
As a parent, you have a huge influence on your child's decisions. It's a fact—children whose parents talk to them about the risks of alcohol and other drugs are much less likely to use them. Your kids may not let you know you have Parent Power, but you do.
Submitted by Don Forest on Mon, 2014-08-25 10:20
Ingested by an unsuspecting child, the caustic chemicals in single-load laundry packs, marketed under such names as "pods" and "flings," burn the esophagus and stomach, as well as the windpipe, and cause vomiting, and breathing problems.
Submitted by Don Forest on Mon, 2014-06-30 12:20
Kimberley Lee, Vice President of Square One happily accepts a check from Susan Jaye Kaplan, President and Founder of Link to Libraries. Funding from Link to Libraries, made possible through a grant, will allow Square One to purchase additional books, learning materials and improve technology for its summertime out of school programming. Currently, Square One, through its summer program, serves 64 elementary school age children who are homeless or living in the state’s foster care system.
Submitted by Don Forest on Thu, 2014-06-12 15:40
To the Editor:
There’s a perception that manufacturing is a dying industry in western Massachusetts, but the reality is quite different. In fact, a fundamental challenge faced by manufacturing companies in the region is finding enough qualified employees who can apply math and science and critical thinking to do technical jobs that are the backbone of manufacturing operations today.
Submitted by Don Forest on Fri, 2014-05-30 16:18
Children are inside the classroom having fun and playing games. Throw in some singing, too. What you hear is the sound of young children learning early literacy skills.
A new literacy program in progress at Square One, a multi-service agency for families and children located in Springfield and Holyoke, is based on a successful literacy intervention program, the Massachusetts Reading Corps, a replication of the Minnesota Reading Corps.
Submitted by kimlee on Mon, 2014-03-24 20:41
It’s Square One’s Tea and we’re hoping you’ll save the date! We know October 1st is still a few months away, but just like giving children access to a quality early education, we know the earlier the better works!
Square One’s annual Tea is a fun way for you to hear more about the impact of our work while networking with professional men and women from throughout our community, doing a little shopping, and enjoying, you guessed it, tea and refreshments.
Submitted by kimlee on Tue, 2014-01-28 14:38
Sleep, we all love it, especially when we wake up from having had a great night's sleep. As adults, we know the important role sleep plays in helping us to “recharge our batteries.” But did you know that a growing body of scientific research supports the crucial role of naps in effective learning for preschoolers?
Submitted by kimlee on Thu, 2014-01-23 09:49
The brain builds 700 neural connections every second the first several years of a child’s life. By age 3, on average, the vocabulary of low-income children is about 500 words, roughly half the size of the 1100-word vocabulary of children whose parents hold professional jobs. Children’s vocabulary at age 3 is strongly correlated with their language skills in third grade.