• 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.

  • Square One Rewards

    Incentive program for parents and earning "Square Bucks" by participating in home visits and support programs. These can be redeemed at our Rewards Store.

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.

Parents as Teachers

Square One is proud to have been named the latest partner in the nationally renowned Parents as Teachers program. This program is the latest in a long list of opportunities for Square One to better serve the children and families in our region.

Parents as Teachers is a trusted resource providing a proven home-visiting model for the most respected organizations, including Square One, who meet the evolving needs of families. The goal is to help young children grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Learn and Earn

Square One's SQUAD Learn & Earn Programin partnership with Holyoke Community College is a vital program designed to serve and assist young parents ages 16 to 24 in successfully achieving educational and employment goals. 


This program is an academic and career training program where participants obtain their HiSET and workforce skills through community service.

Back to School

What a busy fall season it has been at Square One! After an awesome summer of learning -- mixed with some spectacular summertime fun - our learning centers kicked off the new school year with a renewed energy and eagerness to learn and play.

We look forward to watching them learn and grow - academically, physically and socially - throughout the months ahead. 

A ONE-derful Celebration

On October 6, 2016, Chez Josef in Agawam was transformed into a ONE-derland spectacular!  The 11th Annual Square One Tea drew nearly 400 supporters who gathered to celebrate the tremendous work that Square One is doing to help improve the lives of thousands of children and families throughout the greater Springfield region. From the extravagant hats to the whimsical decorations to the delicious food and drinks, the event was a ONE-derful celebration!  

This year's event was sponsored by:

Square One helps children avoid summer learning losses, have fun in the process

SPRINGFIELD — The start of a new school year is just days away and children — ranging in age from 5 to 12 — enrolled in a Square One program aimed at preventing summer learning losses are confident and raring to start.

During a wrap-up celebration session of the summer program, held last week at the Christian Life Center on Sumner Avenue, the children sat at the feet of singer-storyteller Mary Jo Maichack who reminded them a new school year was about to begin.

Square One Healthy Families Graduation

In keeping with its mission to ensure that all parents have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful, Square One recently celebrated the completion of another session of its Healthy Families program initiative.

The graduation ceremony was held on August 16, 2016 at the Dunbar YMCA in Springfield, where 17 families celebrated their completion of the 3-year program.

You're The Mom!

Getting your kids to eat healthy doesn't have to be hard. You're The Mom is a campaign that empowers moms to take small steps to make healthy eating fun and easy for their kids.

Led by Tufts University, Square One is proud to be a part of this initiative to help combat childhood obesity. Members of our staff have been involved in the planning and execution of the campaign; and our Square One families have been instrumental in participating in this research.

Square One Endorses the Cat in the Hat for President!

By:  The Associated Press 

Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat. The Cat  announced his candidacy  Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside the childhood home of Dr. Seuss. He also announced his running mates - Thing 1 and Thing 2.

The Republican newspaper  reports the Cat said through a spokeswoman that he would be willing to release his tax returns.

Cruise Nights

If you've visited Stearns Square in Springfield on a Tuesday evening this summer, you've likely seen some very special classic cars on the road. Presented by 350 Grill, the Springfield Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting the car shows, complete with live entertainment, food and fun.

Funds raised at the events are benefiting the programs and services of Square One, as well as the Springfield Police Department's Ride to Remember.

Be our Guest

Nothing excites our Square One children more than when special guests visit our classrooms to read stories, work on a project or just enjoy a good chat.


Over the past few weeks, we have enjoyed visits from Springfield City Councilor Tim Rooke; Springfield City Councilor and candidate for Hampden County Sheriff Tom Ashe; and Hampden County Sheriff's Office Assistant Superintendent and Candidate for Sheriff Nick Cocchi.


In the weeks ahead, we will welcome State Senator Eric Lesser and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.