Submitted by Square One on December 5, 2014 - 9:26am
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.
Submitted by Square One on October 23, 2014 - 11:56am
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.
Submitted by Square One on June 30, 2014 - 12:20pm
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.
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.
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.
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. Yet, ask an adult who their Kindergarten teacher was, and as if it was just yesterday, the response is swift and often accompanied by a facial expression that immediately communicates a heartfelt reverence for their teacher. Such is the case with Ben.
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?