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  • Out of School Time Care

    Square One offers programs during out of school time, school vacations, and certain holidays and teacher professional development days.

  • Mom Squad

    An innovative program that puts DTA cash recipients to "work" through the availability of community service hours by volunteering with the community agencies listed in the Department of Transitional Assistance’s community service data base.

Mission Moments

  • Mom Squad is a vital program built to serve mothers who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

  • We're all familiar with after school programs but LAUNCH is different.

  • 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.

From the President's Desk

As our region kicks off what promises to be an exciting year – new business ventures, new infrastructure, new visions for the future – I am reminded of what it means to truly be a part of the fabric of our community and why supporting non-profit organizations is truly good for businesses

Mom Squad

Mom Squad is a vital program built to serve mothers who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. It's a skills-based service where parents can earn childcare vouchers by committing to 30 hours of community service while taking the next steps toward their own career or educational path.

As parents work to achieve their goals they can rest assured that their children are enrolled in a safe, positive and educational environment with other kids their own age through Square One.

LAUNCH Program

We're all familiar with after school programs but LAUNCH is different.

The LAUNCH curriculum consists of fun, physical activities that includes topics such as conflict resolution, personal safety, hygiene, nutrition, stress reduction and more.

With winter months approaching, it is important to keep our children as active as possible. The 60-minute program encourages children in grades K-7 to lead a healthy lifestyle and empowers them to learn traits such as honesty, respect, communication and responsibility.

Springfield Cooperative Preschool (SCOOP)

Kris Allard on Mass Appeal

The Springfield Public Schools, Square One, YMCA Early Learning Center and HCS Head Start, Inc. is hosting a NEW cooperative preschool program. This program is open to children living in Springfield who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and whose family’s income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The program will be offered full days, year-round and has available slots for immediate enrollment.  There is no cost to parents. Transportation is NOT provided.

Check out the video announcing the initiative on Mass Appeal in 2015:

Springfield Cooperative Preschool Now Enrolling!

The Springfield Public Schools, Square One, YMCA Early Learning Center and HCS Head Start, Inc. is hosting a NEW cooperative preschool program. This program is open to children living in Springfield who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and whose family’s income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The program will be offered full days, year-round and has available slots for immediate enrollment.  There is no cost to parents. Transportation is NOT provided.

 

Convoy of Hope Comes to Springfield!

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! 

Square One Healthy Families and Texas Roadhouse Join Together to Celebrate Father’s Day BBQ

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.

Fallon Community Health Plan Funds Crucial Grant for Square One and Provides Holiday Gifts for Children

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. 

Preschoolers Paint with City and State Legislators to Recognize Week of the Young Child

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.

Comcast Cares Day: Planting the seeds for a healthy start!

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.

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