Connecting families to resources, each other and their communities.
We are currently accepting applications for our Toys for Tots program. Requests for toys MUST BE made through this application process before November 30th. Click here to access the application.
COORDINATED FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Funded by the Department of Early Education & Care
MOC CFCE supports parents as their child's first teacher through a number of parent child activities including: local play groups, developmental screenings, and early literacy programs. In addition, the program offers transition support for children from home to daycare/preschool, preschool to Kindergarten, and school readiness for children up to age eight. The program serves as a central point of information for community resources and referral services to connect families to their local community throughout North Central MA.
Here is this month's calendar of events!
As we continue to serve families under COVID-19 restrictions, we have consolidated our community calendars to one so you can view all virtual and in-person activities in one place. Please reach out to any of our coordinators for additional information about our events.
PARENT CHILD HOME VISITING PROGRAM
The Parent Child Home Visiting program is an evidence-based early literacy, parenting and school readiness model, aimed at closing the achievement gap by providing low-income families the skills and materials they need to prepare their children for school and life success. The program supports early literacy development for children ages 17 months to 4 years. Families receive free books and toys which are used to support early literacy growth and parent-child interactions. Call 978-355-0266 to register or learn more about this program.
Parent As Teachers is a national program that supports parents as thier child's first teacher and offers complete family support from prenatal to age 5 years. A trained Home Educator visits families in-home, as scheduled, to provide information about child growth & development, developmental screenings, parent education classes, play groups and much more. Call 978-355-0266 to register and learn more about this program.
PARENTS AS TEACHERS PROGRAM
YOUNG PARENT PROGRAM
The Young Parent Program (YPP) offers support services to pregnant and parenting teens between the ages of 14 and 24 that are receiving TAFDC benefits. Through this program, teen parents and pregnant teens are supported in their efforts to complete their education journey. This may include returning to high school, completing a high school equivalency program, enrolling in a certification or vocational training program, or post secondary learning. While enrolled in YPP, parents also receive assistance to reduce the barriers that often interfere with completing their educational goals. These include childcare, case management, life and parenting skills training, job search assistance, career exploration and more.
FIRST STEPS Together
FIRST Steps Together is a home visiting intervention that provides dual support in parenting and recovery to pregnant and parenting women experiencing OUD (Opiate Use Disorder). Through frequent visits, check-ins and group interventions, Peer Recovery Coaches support mothers on their pathway to recovery while helping them navigate systems of care. Women and their babies are paired with family recovery support specialists with lived addiction experience, participate in parenting and recovery groups, meet with a staff clinician and are linked to a variety of social services they support their progress.