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  • 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.

  • Parenting Works

    For parents with young children, in need of parent education and support.  We serve many families challenged by issues of homelessness, substance use, poverty, or incarceration of a family member. We host fun, interactive group meetings on a variety of topics, open to any parent in the community with a young child.

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.

Congratulations, Dawn DiStefano

Congratulations to Square One’s Dawn DiStefano, who was recently named to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women to represent the Pioneer Valley.
 

A total of 18 members were named to the Hampden County Commission of the Status of Women and Girls and the Hampshire-Franklin Commission of the Status of Women and Girls.

Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative Project

Square One is proud to be joining Partners for Healthier Communities in the Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative (SHHC) project.

State Advocacy

Our Square One Family Services Team joined Children's Trust on a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month we are working to help spread awareness about the issue and promote our effective programs to keep our children safe and healthy.

Thank you to Maryann McCarthy and Liz Szarkowski from our Healthy Families program for representing Square One in Boston.

Love for our Staff

Special thanks to everyone who made our Staff Appreciation Week at our King Street Center so special! Our educators were treated to massages by our friends at Elements Massage, manicures from the cosmetology students at Putnam High School, and a wonderful luncheon compliments of Big Mamou's, Nadim's, and Frankie & Johnnie's! We topped off the week with a delicious cake donated by Theme Cakes by Joelene!

From the President

Dear Friends, 

One of the best parts of my job is when I get to spend time in our classrooms and family centers. I am always impressed when I have the opportunity to experience our Square One staff in action.

Recently, I visited our King Street Learning Center and met a delightful little boy named Jack. At two years old, Jack had charmed the entire staff at the center with his bright smile, happy giggle, and loving personality.

Fallon Health Supports Learn & Earn

Our friends from Fallon Health recently paid a visit to our Learn & Earn HiSET classroom to present a check for $10,000 to support our education and workforce development initiative for teen parents. Thank you to Fallon’s Richard Burke and Kim Salmon for recognizing the importance of this work!

THANK YOU, SMITH & WESSON

We are so grateful to Smith & Wesson for their longstanding support of the children and families at Square One. In addition to supporting Square One’s work with survivors of domestic abuse, Smith & Wesson employees pledged over $10,500 of their own money to support our work with children and families. Best of all, Smith & Wesson will match each of these employee donations, bringing the total annual support we receive from the company to nearly $30,000 this year.

All About Dads

Our Square One Healthy Families staff recently attended the 18th Annual New England fathering conference. The conference, entitled “Dads: Involved Today, Committed Forever,” welcomed dads, family service providers, social workers, health professionals, educators, program directors, state and federal representatives, and father advocates who participated in two and a half days of learning and sharing. The title of this year’s conference reflected the understanding that every father leaves an indelible mark on his child’s life.

Way to Represent!

Congratulations to our Square One Early Childhood Education participants from Putnam High School! The Skills USA Massachusetts District 6 competition was held at McCann Tech in North Adams on Friday, March 17. Nine schools competed including Putnam. Students were given a written test which included questions in their trade area, employability, OSHA and Skills USA knowledge. The Early Childhood Education contest had eight competitors. Putnam 12th grader, Paola Mercado, won the gold medal. Putnam 11th grader, Susannah Stevenson, won the silver medal.

It’s all Greek to Them!

Our school-age children have been hard at work learning about ancient Greek history during their time spent with us after school. Recently, they designed masks and costumes and created an original play highlighted what they learned.

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