• 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.

  • Turning Points

    Parent education services for incarcerated and post incarcerated parents. Individual support services are provided for newly released mothers from Chicopee Women’s Correctional Facility. Family support groups for those who have temporary guardianship of the children whose parent is incarcerated.

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.

Community Support for Learn and Earn

Square One's Learn & Earn program is proud to have the support of area businesses who are opening their doors to provide "hands on" training for young parents who are participating in our "Learn & Earn" education and workforce development programs.

Learning to Create Healthy Families

Square One Vice President of Family Services, Joni Beck-Brewer, recently attended the Healthy Families National Conference in Ohio, where she spent several days sharing best practices and new developments with other Healthy Families agencies throughout the country.

Healthy Families is a home-based family support and coaching program that supports young, first-time parents and helps them create stable, nurturing environments for their children.

Square One Staff Members Win Two Statewide Awards

With close to 90 years of collective Square One experience, two longstanding Square One educators were recently recognized by statewide agencies for their contributions in the field of early learning and care. 

Spread Some Holiday Cheer and WIN!

Square One will once again be collecting gifts for our families in need this holiday season. We are very proud to be partnering with Kohl’s Department Store, who will be providing discounted items for Square One supporters to purchase as gifts for Square One children.

All Treats and No Tricks for Square One

October 31st brought visits from superheroes, princesses, pirates, bunnies, minions and more! Hundreds of our Square One children dressed in their favorite costumes and participated in Halloween activities at our Early Learning Centers and in our Family Centers. Special thanks to our friends at the Center for Human Development who arranged for us to visit their Birnie Ave. site to spread some Halloween cheer to the staff there.
 

Who's Ready to Get Hangry on Giving Tuesday

“Hangry” takes on a whole new meaning this #GivingTuesday.  Did you know the cost of ONE coffee can provide a full breakfast for two hungry pre-school children right here in our community?  Help us Get #Hangry and help us provide nourishing breakfasts to our early learners. Make your donation today! 

A Message from Joan

As the leader of one of the major nonprofit organizations serving children and families in Springfield and Holyoke, I feel I must comment on the recent Presidential campaign and election.  I have voted in more than 10 Presidential elections, and I cannot recall a time when there was such animus, disrespectful name-calling and extreme hateful language leading up to and following Election Day.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Looking for another opportunity to wear a fabulous hat for a great cause? Be sure to plan on joining Square One for the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party on May 6, 2017 at the Colony Club in Springfield. 
     
  • Is riding motorcycles more your speed? Be sure keep your eyes and ears open for information on how to register for our Father's Day Weekend Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Special thanks to the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club for organizing the ride to benefit Square One.
     

King Street Movie Night

Our King Street parking lot transformed into an outdoor movie theater recently. To welcome families back to school and support our family literacy initiatives, our staff orchestrated a showing of Finding Nemo, complete with freshly popped popcorn and other treats. Following the movie, families wrote a review of the film and also received free books to enjoy at home. 

Taking a break from the Governor's Office

Special thanks to Michael Knapik, who took time from his busy schedule in Governor Baker's Western Massachusetts office to pay a visit to Square One recently. Director Knapik learned all about Square One's latest programs and services and even got a "hands on" craft lesson from the children in our preschool program. 

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