Submitted by Don Forest on August 17, 2015 - 1:43pm
Square One, The Springfield Public Schools, the YMCA and HCS Head Start will be hosting a NEW cooperative preschool initiative. This program is open to children living in Springfield who have not had an opportunity to attend a preschool before, who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and whose family's meet the income eligibility guidelines. Recently, Kris Allard of Square One and Nicole Blais of Head Start visited Mass Appeal to share details about the initiative.
Square One, The Springfield Public Schools, YMCA Early Learning Center and HCS Head Start, INC. will be hosting a NEW cooperative preschool program.This program is open to children living in Springfield who have not had an oppurtunity to attend a preschool before, who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and whose family's income is at or below 200% of the Federal Pverty Guidelines. The program will be offered full days, year-round and is scheduled to begin the fall of 2015. There is no cost to parents. Transportation is NOT provided.
Submitted by kimlee on June 28, 2015 - 12:39pm
Hope starts here, in your city, your community, your neighborhood. The Convoy of Hope event is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people's lives, inspire compassion and service and bring people and organizations together like never before. This is a collaborative effort to bring hope to a city through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, hair cuts, prayer, activities for children and more!
Square One will be there with information on all of our programs and a table of children's activities!
Submitted by kimlee on June 25, 2015 - 12:20pm
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Healthy Families, a program of Square One, hosted a Father’s Day Barbecue for members of the program on Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Emerson Wight Park in the South End of Springfield. This event was free for all members of the Healthy Families program, especially dads but moms as well.
Submitted by kimlee on June 25, 2015 - 12:16pm
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. –Fallon Community Health Plan presented a check for $25,000 to early education and care provider Square One that will fund the LAUNCH Healthy Living and Character Fitness program. LAUNCH focuses on low-income school-age children from Kindergarten to grade 5 in Square One’s after-school and summer enrichment programs at two program sites in Springfield.
Submitted by kimlee on May 6, 2015 - 2:40pm
Elected officials representing residents of the City of Springfield and Commonwealth of Massachusetts joined preschoolers for a session of creative painting on Family Friday, April 17 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the Square One Children’s Center at 255 King Street in Springfield. The event was one component of Square One’s recognition of Week of the Young Child for 2015.
Submitted by kimlee on May 6, 2015 - 2:32pm
By Joan Kagan, President and CEO, Square One in Community Investment
Getting young children to try new foods, especially vegetables, isn’t always easy. A handful of M&Ms almost always wins out over a serving of broccoli or carrots. But because of Comcast NBCUniversal, I can now say that is no longer necessarily true.
Submitted by kimlee on May 6, 2015 - 2:15pm
“Serve with Liberty” Volunteers Eager to Help Square One Clean Up and Get Organized
A team of “Serve with Liberty” volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance visited Square One on April 27th, and 28th 2015 to help with important clean up and organization activities.
On April 27 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, volunteers met at 255 King Street in Springfield, to clean Square One’s vans, inside and out. These vans provide transportation for preschoolers between their homes and Square One Children’s Centers in Springfield and Holyoke.
Submitted by Don Forest on February 5, 2015 - 4:11pm
For those of us at Square One who were among the record-breaking viewership of Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, the game-saving, goal-line interception by the Patriots in the final minute was exciting, to say the least. But for those of us in Family Services at Square One, the game’s most exciting moments happened off the field, on television. They were commercials.
Submitted by Don Forest on December 5, 2014 - 9:26am
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to families, as well as funding to support quality initiatives for child care settings. CCDBG is administered to states and the states then use these grants to subsidize, in-part, agencies like Square One which provide child care for low-income working families. Most of this assistance is administered through vouchers which can be used by parents for the provider or program of their choice.