• Early Education & Care

    Square One operates four children's centers within the city of Springfield and one in Holyoke. Centers open between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and remain open as late as 5:30 p.m. Programs at our centers vary depending on the age and development of enrolled children, but always focus on providing opportunities for children to grow strong cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically.

  • Entrada

    Integrated home visiting program which expands Healthy Families services to parents of any age.  Entrada is a collaboration with the YWCA (providing Parents as Teachers) and Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start (providing Early Head Start).

Mission Moments

  • As we age, our ability to remember (and retain) people, places and things isn’t always as razor-sharp as we’d like it to be.

  • At Square One's King Street location, children and families are front and center -- every day and in every way.

  • It is truly wonderful to share with our community the many success stories of the children Square One serves.

Something's Brewing!

It’s Square One’s Tea and we’re hoping you’ll save the date! We know October 2nd 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.

Why Counting Sheep Is Important For Young Children

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?

Why Early Education and Care?

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.

Comcast Cares Day Sprouts New Growth At Square One

With simple containers and suitable soil mix, city dwellers can create gardens virtually anywhere – behind houses, alongside garages, on porches, even inside by a sunny window. The newest urban garden in Springfield – built by volunteer employees of Comcast – is located in the children’s playground at Square One.