• Supervised Visitation Program

    Square One’s Supervised Visitation Program provides a safe and child friendly environment for visits between parents and their child or children under the supervision of the supervised visitation coordinator.

  • Family Center

    It’s All About Families

     

    Square One recognizes that families need and deserve support through the ups and downs of raising children. We also understand that families are the first teacher for children.

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.

Letter from the President

Given the recent natural and manmade tragedies that we have experienced, I think about the impact on our children and how frightened and scared they must feel.  Depending on their age, they will have a different understanding of the significance this may have to their own lives.

Taking the Lead on Lead

In response to the alarming rate of lead poisoning in Springfield, Square One will be working with Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. on a home visiting initiative designed to identify at-risk families, provide resources to those affected by lead poisoning, and prevent future cases. The Department of Public Health recently announced an award of $49,473 to support this endeavor.

Square One Children and Families have PRIDE in their Work

When Pride Stores approached Square One about a fundraising campaign they wanted to engage in for Square One, both organizations were excited about an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of the work Square One is doing throughout the community.

 

The locally owned chain of gas stations and convenience stores launched a campaign where customers were encouraged to purchase a “square” for one dollar, in support of the work that Square One does with children and families throughout the region. The paper squares were placed on display at stores throughout the region.

Celebrating Dads

This father engagement video just out from the department of Health and Human Services. The video is being shared nationally to encourage the engagement of fathers. We are extremely proud of this video, not only because it features Children’s Trust and Healthy Families staff, but because it highlights the attention we give and hard work we do to engage fathers. http://www.cantasd.org/bcbh-dads-rock.html

 

2017 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Recognized at State House

State legislators joined the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program to recognize 2017 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction at the Massachusetts State House. The annual event recognized outstanding leaders who are making the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work.

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.

Food for Thought

Square One is proud to be a partner of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ Mobile Food Bank. On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, our staff distributes food outside Dakin Humane Society to members of the community.

On July 24, we distributed 4,500 pounds of food to 346 people!

Summer Fun Continues!

Our Annual Family Fun Summer Party at out King Street Family Center was a big hit, once again this year! Dozens of families turned out to enjoy music, games, snacks and prizes. Best of all, each family received free new books to take home! Special thanks to Boomer from the Springfield Thunderbirds for joining in the fun! 

Thank You, Berkshire Bank!

Square One has been awarded $10,000 by Berkshire Bank in support of its “Adopt-A-Classroom” program!

"We are excited to continue our ongoing support of Square One’s Adopt-A-Classroom initiative program,” says Jim Hickson, SVP Commercial Regional President. “Berkshire Bank is committed to making a difference in the lives of local children and their families.”

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