Today, Square One provides a range of family-friendly education and support services that are unique to each child and every family served. Our focus is on providing opportunities for children and families to build the foundation for lifelong learning, to make smart choices, and to grow strong cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically.

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Early Education & Care

We know that children grow up to become better educated and more productive when they have high-quality early education; nurturing adults to care for them; and a safe and healthy community in which to live.

At the core of everything we do is our belief, confirmed by research, that children who begin learning early become better learners for life. In fact, there is a direct correlation between a high-quality early learning experience and long-term educational success, gang prevention, substance avoidance and financial independence.


Our programs provide:

  • Nationally accredited curriculums designed to position all children for success in school and beyond
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Fitness and nutrition initiatives to promote long-term health and wellness
  • Therapy services
  • Fine arts
  • Character development

Family Support Services

The Square One Family Centers, located in Springfield at our Main Street and King Street locations, are places where parents and children can meet other families, tap into community resources, learn new parenting skills, and participate in activities and support programs. Programs are open to all families with young children within the community and may include parent-child activities, playgroups, social events, and drop-in hours.

Support Services

  • Parent education classes and workshops
  • Home visiting services
  • Access to clothing and essential care items
  • Family lending library
  • Assistance with SNAP eligibility
  • Education assistance and job training opportunities
  • Job search and resume support

Information and Community Resources

  • Free information and referrals to community resources
  • Free access to internet
  • Information on child development

Family Play and Learn Groups

  • Storytime/literacy
  • Arts & crafts
  • Themed play
  • Special events

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