• Early Education & Care

    Square One operates four children's centers within the city of Springfield and one in Holyoke. Centers open between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and remain open as late as 5:30 p.m. Programs at our centers vary depending on the age and development of enrolled children, but always focus on providing opportunities for children to grow strong cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically.

  • Parents Helping Parents

    Weekly support for anyone parenting a child including grandparents, mothers, fathers or foster parents. This group provides a safe confidential environment where parents are able to express their successes and challenges of being a parent. This is a great opportunity to gather with other parents who may share similar experiences.

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.

A Homerun for Square One!

The season may be over for the Boston Red Sox, but they recently hit a homerun for Square One! In celebration of their 15th Anniversary, the Red Sox Foundation performed 15 random acts of kindness. For Square One, that meant a donation of $1,500 to support our work with children and families! Thank you Red Sox Foundation!

We Have PRIDE in Our Work

Thank you to Bob Bolduc and his team at PRIDE STORES for naming Square One one of the recipients of the recent Powerball windfall! As the owner of the store that sold the winning jackpot ticket, PRIDE was awarded $50,000 by the Lottery Commission. Bob decided to donate the funds to charities throughout the region that serve children and families. Square One was fortunate to be among the 50 organizations who received $1,000 to support our work. THANK YOU, PRIDE! 

Celebrating the Season

Our children have been enjoying the autumn season and all the fun that comes with PUMPKINS! Thank you to our Board member, Jeff Lomma of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, for donating pumpkins to all of our school-age children. What fun they had decorating with you!

It Takes a Village

When it comes to ensuring that our children are positioned for success, it truly takes the efforts of our whole community. We are so proud of our longstanding partnership with Bay Path University, who provide our children with Occupational Therapy services at Square One’s Tommie Johnson Child & Family Center. Recently, Eversource awarded Bay Path a $2,500 grant to support the university’s work with Square One. Thank you, Bay Path and Eversource for believing in our children and families. 

Letter from the President

Given the recent natural and manmade tragedies that we have experienced, I think about the impact on our children and how frightened and scared they must feel.  Depending on their age, they will have a different understanding of the significance this may have to their own lives.

Taking the Lead on Lead

In response to the alarming rate of lead poisoning in Springfield, Square One will be working with Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. on a home visiting initiative designed to identify at-risk families, provide resources to those affected by lead poisoning, and prevent future cases. The Department of Public Health recently announced an award of $49,473 to support this endeavor.

Square One Children and Families have PRIDE in their Work

When Pride Stores approached Square One about a fundraising campaign they wanted to engage in for Square One, both organizations were excited about an opportunity to raise funds and awareness of the work Square One is doing throughout the community.


The locally owned chain of gas stations and convenience stores launched a campaign where customers were encouraged to purchase a “square” for one dollar, in support of the work that Square One does with children and families throughout the region. The paper squares were placed on display at stores throughout the region.

Celebrating Dads

This father engagement video just out from the department of Health and Human Services. The video is being shared nationally to encourage the engagement of fathers. We are extremely proud of this video, not only because it features Children’s Trust and Healthy Families staff, but because it highlights the attention we give and hard work we do to engage fathers. http://www.cantasd.org/bcbh-dads-rock.html


2017 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction Recognized at State House

State legislators joined the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) program to recognize 2017 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction at the Massachusetts State House. The annual event recognized outstanding leaders who are making the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work.

Summer Reading Fun

Summer is no time to take a vacation from reading! Our guest reader program remains in full swing during the summer months.

Thank you to Brian Lawler and Jules Gaudreau III from the Gaudreau Group who recently visited our preschoolers to enjoy storytime.

To join us as a volunteer, please contact Kris Allard at kallard@startatsquareone.org