• Learn & Earn Program

    Square One is now offering a FREE education and career building program for young parents ages 16-24, who are seeking to earn their high school equivalency diploma and begin building their careers while raising their children. Youth attend classes as well as work throughout the week.

  • Family Center

    It's All About Families

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.

Welcome New Friends!

Square One is grateful to welcome Fitness Together of Northampton and Amherst, and Bell & Hudson Insurance of Belchertown to our growing family of generous community supporters. Thank you to owners Jessica Phaneuf and Matthew Phaneuf for believing in our work with children and families; and for participating in our “Adopt-A-Classroom” program.

Creative Collaboration

What happens when you bring together a team of preschool educators and the artistic minds at Enchanted Circle Theater? You get an awesome session of creative professional development!

Thank you to the creative team at Enchanted Circle for providing our educators with an enlightening day of learning how to engage, enhance and inspire learning. 

Building Resilience

Square One is pleased to be partnering with the Springfield Department of Health & Human Services to present: Building Resilience in Young Children: Utilizing Developmental Tools. The February 1 summit is being held at Shriners Hospital in Springfield and will focus on the development of young children in Springfield, including current efforts to screen children's development before entering kindergarten.

Munch with a Bunch!

Take a break from your normal lunch routine and enjoy a delicious, healthy lunch and lively conversation with our Square One preschoolers. Guaranteed to be the highlight of your day!

Beginning in March, Square One will be hosting “Lunch Bunch” gatherings at the Tommie Johnson Child & Family Center on King Street in Springfield. These events will help raise funds to offset the cost of our programs and services; and raise awareness of our vital work with children and families.

Letter from the President

Dear friends,

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! Experiencing the look of wonder and excitement on the faces of our children as they enjoy visits from Santa and all the goodies bestowed upon them is truly magical! We are so grateful to all of the donors who have made the holidays so special for our families.

Farewell to a Friend

Best wishes to longtime Square One employee Liz Szarkowski who will be relocating to South Carolina to be closer to family in that area. Liz has been an integral part of the success of Square One’s Health Families programming and will be sorely missed by the staff and participants.  We wish you and your family all the very best, Liz!



Thank you to the team at TGL for renewing their classroom sponsorship once again this year! Through the Square One “Adopt-A-Classroom,” area business and community leaders have the opportunity to partner with Square One to ensure that its classrooms are outfitted with the necessary supplies and tools needed to ensure each child’s success in the classroom. For more information on how you can sponsor a classroom, please contact Kris Allard at kallard@startatsquareone.org.

More Children and Families Wanted!

Spread the word! Square One has expanded its opportunities for after-school programming and family support services!

Do you know a family who could benefit from our highly regarded, accredited after-school enrichment program? Please contact our Enrollment Department at 413.732.5183.

Likewise, Square One has dozens of programs available for parents, grandparents and foster parents in our Family Centers. For more information, contact Shalonda Mabry at (413) 858-3133.

Operation Warm

Warm apple cider. A warm fire on snowy day. Warm holiday greetings from faraway friends and family. It’s the season of filling our hearts and bodies with warmth.

The team at Burkhart Pizzanelli did their part to spread warmth to 150 children in need of winter coats this season. The local accounting firm has organized a campaign through Operation Warm to purchase the new coats for children served by Square One.

Happy Holidays!

December has been a month of many happy families at Square One! Huge thanks to all of our amazing supporters who have helped to spread holiday cheer by collecting and donating new books and toys for our Square One children.


In addition to the countless individuals who gave so generously on their own, special thanks go out to the area businesses who collected toys on our behalf:

Accardi Financial


Bounce! Springfield

Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana Insurance