Submitted by kimlee on May 6, 2015 - 2:32pm
By Joan Kagan, President and CEO, Square One in Community Investment
Getting young children to try new foods, especially vegetables, isn’t always easy. A handful of M&Ms almost always wins out over a serving of broccoli or carrots. But because of Comcast NBCUniversal, I can now say that is no longer necessarily true.
Submitted by kimlee on May 6, 2015 - 2:15pm
“Serve with Liberty” Volunteers Eager to Help Square One Clean Up and Get Organized
A team of “Serve with Liberty” volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance visited Square One on April 27th, and 28th 2015 to help with important clean up and organization activities.
On April 27 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, volunteers met at 255 King Street in Springfield, to clean Square One’s vans, inside and out. These vans provide transportation for preschoolers between their homes and Square One Children’s Centers in Springfield and Holyoke.
Submitted by Square One on February 5, 2015 - 4:11pm
For those of us at Square One who were among the record-breaking viewership of Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, the game-saving, goal-line interception by the Patriots in the final minute was exciting, to say the least. But for those of us in Family Services at Square One, the game’s most exciting moments happened off the field, on television. They were commercials.
Submitted by Square One on December 5, 2014 - 9:26am
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to families, as well as funding to support quality initiatives for child care settings. CCDBG is administered to states and the states then use these grants to subsidize, in-part, agencies like Square One which provide child care for low-income working families. Most of this assistance is administered through vouchers which can be used by parents for the provider or program of their choice.
Submitted by Square One on October 23, 2014 - 11:56am
As a parent, you have a huge influence on your child's decisions. It's a fact—children whose parents talk to them about the risks of alcohol and other drugs are much less likely to use them. Your kids may not let you know you have Parent Power, but you do.
Submitted by Square One on June 30, 2014 - 12:20pm
Kimberley Lee, Vice President of Square One happily accepts a check from Susan Jaye Kaplan, President and Founder of Link to Libraries. Funding from Link to Libraries, made possible through a grant, will allow Square One to purchase additional books, learning materials and improve technology for its summertime out of school programming. Currently, Square One, through its summer program, serves 64 elementary school age children who are homeless or living in the state’s foster care system.
Submitted by Square One on June 12, 2014 - 3:40pm
To the Editor:
There’s a perception that manufacturing is a dying industry in western Massachusetts, but the reality is quite different. In fact, a fundamental challenge faced by manufacturing companies in the region is finding enough qualified employees who can apply math and science and critical thinking to do technical jobs that are the backbone of manufacturing operations today.
Submitted by Square One on May 30, 2014 - 4:18pm
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 new literacy program in progress at Square One, a multi-service agency for families and children located in Springfield and Holyoke, is based on a successful literacy intervention program, the Massachusetts Reading Corps, a replication of the Minnesota Reading Corps.
Submitted by kimlee on January 28, 2014 - 2:38pm
Sleep, we all love it, especially when we wake up from having had a great night's sleep. As adults, we know the important role sleep plays in helping us to “recharge our batteries.” But did you know that a growing body of scientific research supports the crucial role of naps in effective learning for preschoolers?
Submitted by kimlee on January 23, 2014 - 9:49am
The brain builds 700 neural connections every second the first several years of a child’s life. By age 3, on average, the vocabulary of low-income children is about 500 words, roughly half the size of the 1100-word vocabulary of children whose parents hold professional jobs. Children’s vocabulary at age 3 is strongly correlated with their language skills in third grade.