Submitted by (Don) on Mon, 2014-06-30 12:20
Kimberley Lee, Vice President of Square One happily accepts a check from Susan Jaye Kaplan, President and Founder of Links to Libraries. Funding from Links 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.
Submitted by (Don) on Thu, 2014-06-12 15:40
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.
Submitted by (Don) on Fri, 2014-05-30 16:18
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.
Submitted by (kimlee) on Mon, 2014-03-24 20:41
It’s Square One’s Tea and we’re hoping you’ll save the date! We know October 2nd is still a few months away, but just like giving children access to a quality early education, we know the earlier the better works!
Square One’s annual Tea is a fun way for you to hear more about the impact of our work while networking with professional men and women from throughout our community, doing a little shopping, and enjoying, you guessed it, tea and refreshments.
Submitted by (kimlee) on Tue, 2014-01-28 14:38
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?
Submitted by (kimlee) on Thu, 2014-01-23 09:49
The brain builds 700 neural connections every second the first several years of a child’s life. By age 3, on average, the vocabulary of low-income children is about 500 words, roughly half the size of the 1100-word vocabulary of children whose parents hold professional jobs. Children’s vocabulary at age 3 is strongly correlated with their language skills in third grade.