• 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

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

  • Learning to Read with Games, Songs and Rhyme.

    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.

  • Breaking Bread

    The children at Square One in Springfield are breaking healthier bread these days. Fresh-baked and whole wheat, in fact. You'll never guess who the bakers are …

  • Understanding the Disease of Addiction

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    Julie Gagne sits in her light-filled, no-frills office at Square One in downtown Springfield where she is a Transitional Support Specialist

  • A Student Remembers His Start At Square One

    As we age, our ability to remember (and retain) people, places and things isn’t always as razor-sharp as we’d like it to be. Yet, ask an adult who their Kindergarten teacher was, and as if it was just yesterday, the response is swift and often accompanied by a facial expression that immediately communicates a heartfelt reverence for their teacher. Such is the case with Ben.

  • Good Morning!

    At Square One's King Street location, children and families are front and center -- every day and in every way. While waiting for an early morning meeting to begin, Kim Lee, Square One's Vice President of Advancement had the opportunity to watch and listen to the morning greetings that welcome every parent and child to the center. The mission moment below, details her experience.

  • Behavior in Children

    It is truly wonderful to share with our community the many success stories of the children Square One serves. However, we often focus on what Square One is, and must always give equal billing to WHO Square One is and the very real world too many of our children live in. A world filled with the kind of stress that those of us in our good fortune cannot fully appreciate. To better understand, sometimes we need to stop and recognize the emotional reality in which so many of our children live.

  • Squirrels

    The signs of winter’s approach are many. Fallen leaves. Flocks of birds flying south. Frost on your car windshield. Holiday decorations in the stores.

    In our region, one sure sign that winter is coming can be found wherever you find an oak tree. Squirrels – by the hundreds – are darting about, gathering acorns with single-minded focus and working furiously to store them away in preparation for a long winter season. Judging by the number of squirrels I’ve seen this year and the intensity of their work, they seem to know that this coming winter will be a tough one.

  • "This is kind of like Christmas"

    In the past 18 months alone, children have taken more than 12,000 books home from Book It shelves. Having books to read at home helps young children to build early literacy skills…