• External 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. For more information please contact Tracie Kennedy at 413-732-5183 x1114

  • Learn & Earn Program

    Square One is now offering a FREE education and career building program for young parents ages 16-24, who are seeking to earn their high school equivalency diploma and begin building their careers while raising their children. Youth attend classes as well as work throughout the week.

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations, Dawn DiStefano

Congratulations to Square One’s Dawn DiStefano, who was recently named to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women to represent the Pioneer Valley.
 

A total of 18 members were named to the Hampden County Commission of the Status of Women and Girls and the Hampshire-Franklin Commission of the Status of Women and Girls.

Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative Project

Square One is proud to be joining Partners for Healthier Communities in the Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative (SHHC) project.

State Advocacy

Our Square One Family Services Team joined Children's Trust on a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month we are working to help spread awareness about the issue and promote our effective programs to keep our children safe and healthy.

Thank you to Maryann McCarthy and Liz Szarkowski from our Healthy Families program for representing Square One in Boston.

Love for our Staff

Special thanks to everyone who made our Staff Appreciation Week at our King Street Center so special! Our educators were treated to massages by our friends at Elements Massage, manicures from the cosmetology students at Putnam High School, and a wonderful luncheon compliments of Big Mamou's, Nadim's, and Frankie & Johnnie's! We topped off the week with a delicious cake donated by Theme Cakes by Joelene!

From the President

Dear Friends, 

One of the best parts of my job is when I get to spend time in our classrooms and family centers. I am always impressed when I have the opportunity to experience our Square One staff in action.

Recently, I visited our King Street Learning Center and met a delightful little boy named Jack. At two years old, Jack had charmed the entire staff at the center with his bright smile, happy giggle, and loving personality.

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