• Turning Points

    Parent education services for incarcerated and post incarcerated parents. Individual support services are provided for newly released mothers from Chicopee Women’s Correctional Facility. Family support groups for those who have temporary guardianship of the children whose parent is incarcerated.

  • Parenting Works

    For parents with young children, in need of parent education and support.  We serve many families challenged by issues of homelessness, substance use, poverty, or incarceration of a family member. We host fun, interactive group meetings on a variety of topics, open to any parent in the community with a young child.

Mission Moments

  • Mom Squad is a vital program built to serve mothers who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

  • The LAUNCH curriculum consists of fun, physical activities that includes topics such as conflict resolution, personal safety, hygiene, nutrition, stress reduction and more.

  • 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.

Taking the Lead on Lead

In response to the alarming rate of lead poisoning in Springfield, Square One will be working with Partners for Heathier Communities on a home visiting initiative designed to identify at-risk families, provide resources to those affected by lead poisoning, and prevent future cases. The Department of Public Health recently announced an award of $49,473 to support this endeavor.

Square One Children and Families have PRIDE in their Work

When Pride Stores approached Square One about a fundraising campaign they wanted to engage in for Square One, both organizations were excited about an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of the work Square One is doing throughout the community.

 

The locally owned chain of gas stations and convenience stores launched a campaign where customers were encouraged to purchase a “square” for one dollar, in support of the work that Square One does with children and families throughout the region. The paper squares were placed on display at stores throughout the region.

Celebrating Dads

This father engagement video just out from the department of Health and Human Services. The video is being shared nationally to encourage the engagement of fathers. We are extremely proud of this video, not only because it features Children’s Trust and Healthy Families staff, but because it highlights the attention we give and hard work we do to engage fathers. http://www.cantasd.org/bcbh-dads-rock.html

 

2017 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Recognized at State House

State legislators joined the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program to recognize 2017 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction at the Massachusetts State House. The annual event recognized outstanding leaders who are making the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work.

Summer Reading Fun

Summer is no time to take a vacation from reading! Our guest reader program remains in full swing during the summer months.

Thank you to Brian Lawler and Jules Gaudreau III from the Gaudreau Group who recently visited our preschoolers to enjoy storytime.

To join us as a volunteer, please contact Kris Allard at kallard@startatsquareone.org

Leaders in the Community

Jenise Katalina, Assistant Vice President of Family Services at Square One, is currently leading the planning committee for the Maternal Child Health Commission Annual Teen Conference. The Teen Conference has been an annual event put forth through the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services Maternal Child Health Commission, and is set to take place on October 26, 2017.

Message from Joan

Dear Friends,

It is with mixed feelings that I share with you the news that longtime Square One educator Tommie Johnson will be leaving Square One after 40 years, 30 of them as the Center Director of our King Street Children’s Center.

 

How We Love Our Visitors!

Big thanks to all of our recent visitors!

Our very dear friends at Disability Management Services (DMS) and their families who recently spent the day with the children at our Main Street preschool classroom. We were also recently joined by Elias Acuna of Maria Acuna Real Estate, who took time out of his busy day to read to some of our preschoolers.

How fortunate Square One is to have such wonderful community supporters!

It’s Hip to Buy Squares

First there were dice. Then came Wendy’s hamburgers, followed by Rubik’s Cube and SpongeBob. Now, Bob Bolduc and his team at Pride Stores want to add Square One to the list of famous “squares.”

The locally owned chain of gas stations and convenience stores is launching a campaign where customers may purchase a “square” for one dollar, in support of the work Square One does with children and families throughout the region.

Hats Off to You!

Short of heading to Church Hill Downs, the Colony Club in Springfield was the place to go for the 2017 Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6. Hundreds of guests wore their finest hats, floral patterns and pastels to celebrate the 143rd running of the annual race. The event has become a signature event for Square One – a regional non-profit organization serving at-risk children and families.

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