• 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).

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Parent Power

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.

Link to Libraries Donates to Square One

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.

Letter to the Editor from Steve Grande, President, Meridian Industrial Group LLC

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.

Early Literacy Programming At Square One Shows Measurable Results

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.

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?

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