• Parents Helping Parents

    Weekly support for anyone parenting a child including grandparents, mothers, fathers or foster parents. This group provides a safe confidential environment where parents are able to express their successes and challenges of being a parent. This is a great opportunity to gather with other parents who may share similar experiences.

  • Non-Traditional Child Care

    Please call us to discuss how we can tailor high quality child care services to meet the particular needs of your group. Services can be offered at your site or ours; for a special event or an ongoing need.

Mission Moments

  • 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.

  • The children at Square One in Springfield are breaking healthier bread these days. Fresh-baked and whole wheat, in fact. You'll never guess who the bakers are …

  • Image of woman helping woman

    Julie Gagne sits in her light-filled, no-frills office at Square One in downtown Springfield where she is a Transitional Support Specialist

Convoy of Hope Comes to Springfield!

Hope starts here, in your city, your community, your neighborhood. The Convoy of Hope event is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people's lives, inspire compassion and service and bring people and organizations together like never before. This is a collaborative effort to bring hope to a city through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, hair cuts, prayer, activities for children and more! 

Square One will be there with information on all of our programs and a table of children's activities! 

Springfield Cooperative Preschool Now Enrolling!

Square One, The Springfield Public Schools, YMCA Early Learning Center and HCS Head Start, INC. will be hosting a NEW cooperative preschool program.This program is open to children living in Springfield who have not had an oppurtunity to attend a preschool before, who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and whose family's income is at or below 200% of the Federal Pverty Guidelines. The program will be offered full days, year-round and is scheduled to begin the fall of 2015. There is no cost to parents. Transportation is NOT provided. 

 

Square One Healthy Families and Texas Roadhouse Join Together to Celebrate Father’s Day BBQ

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Healthy Families, a program of Square One, hosted a Father’s Day Barbecue for members of the program on Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Emerson Wight Park in the South End of Springfield. This event was free for all members of the Healthy Families program, especially dads but moms as well.

Serve With Liberty 2015

“Serve with Liberty” Volunteers Eager to Help Square One Clean Up and Get Organized

A team of “Serve with Liberty” volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance visited Square One on April 27th, and 28th 2015 to help with important clean up and organization activities. 

On April 27 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, volunteers met at 255 King Street in Springfield, to clean Square One’s vans, inside and out. These vans provide transportation for preschoolers between their homes and Square One Children’s Centers in Springfield and Holyoke.

Square One's Annual Tea Party

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.

Fallon Community Health Plan Funds Crucial Grant for Square One and Provides Holiday Gifts for Children

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. –Fallon Community Health Plan presented a check for $25,000 to early education and care provider Square One that will fund the LAUNCH Healthy Living and Character Fitness program. LAUNCH focuses on low-income school-age children from Kindergarten to grade 5 in Square One’s after-school and summer enrichment programs at two program sites in Springfield. 

Preschoolers Paint with City and State Legislators to Recognize Week of the Young Child

Elected officials representing residents of the City of Springfield and Commonwealth of Massachusetts joined preschoolers for a session of creative painting on Family Friday, April 17 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the Square One Children’s Center at 255 King Street in Springfield. The event was one component of Square One’s recognition of Week of the Young Child for 2015.

Comcast Cares Day: Planting the seeds for a healthy start!

By Joan Kagan, President and CEO, Square One in Community Investment

Getting young children to try new foods, especially vegetables, isn’t always easy. A handful of M&Ms almost always wins out over a serving of broccoli or carrots. But because of Comcast NBCUniversal, I can now say that is no longer necessarily true.

Superbowl Commercial Promotes Dads

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. 

President Signs CCDBG

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. 

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