Dear Friends,

It is with mixed feelings that I share with you the news that longtime Square One educator Tommie Johnson will be leaving Square One after 40 years, 30 of them as the Center Director of our King Street Children’s Center. While we are excited for her and wish her well as she moves forward, we are saddened by her departure.  Tommie has been the heart and soul of this Center and she will be missed dearly. She has influenced and nurtured the lives of thousands of children and families over the years. She has made our King Street Center feel like a home to everyone who ever walked through its doors.

To honor Tommie for her years of service and the impact that she has had on the children and families of Square One and the Springfield community, we recently announced that the King Street Center will be renamed “The Tommie Johnson Child & Family Center.” There is no one more deserving of this recognition.

We were thrilled to be joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno who proclaimed Monday, July 17, 2017 as Tommie Johnson Day in the city of Springfield and who was present for the announcement of the renaming of the building. Department of Early Education and Care Regional Director Erin Craft and Licensor Lara Paniagua along with Sally Fuller and Mary Walachy from the Davis Foundation were also in attendance.  Tommie’s children, George Johnson, Principal of the Roger L.  Putnam Vocational Technical Academy and Neffertari Johnson, a social worker with the Department of Children and Families, provided a personal touch, making the event even more special. 

Tommie – we thank you for your years of service to the children and families of Square One. You will be sorely missed. The love and commitment you have shown will live on for many years to come. We wish you all the very best!


Joan Kagan

President & CEO