Submitted by Ruby Dillon on June 2, 2016 - 9:28am
FROM THE DESK OF JOAN KAGAN
As our region observes the fifth anniversary of the tornado that struck our region on June 1, 2011, I want take a moment to reflect upon the events that day, and how proud I am of how far Square One has come.
Submitted by Ruby Dillon on May 24, 2016 - 10:25am
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Thanks to the Preschool Expansion Grant, the Springfield Public School Department is partnering with three of the region’s most highly regarded early educators to provide free preschool for qualifying families. Laura Mendes is from Springfield Public Schools and she joins us with more information.
Submitted by Ruby Dillon on May 24, 2016 - 10:19am
For more than 130 years, Square One has met the challenge of providing quality early-childhood education, thus serving not only young people, but also their families and the community. Today, as the importance of such education becomes ever more apparent, the challenges to providing it continue to mount. Square One is trying to meet those challenges through vital connections to a host of constituencies. Read more here.
Submitted by Ruby Dillon on May 24, 2016 - 10:04am
Square One had no horse in the race, but came out a huge winner in the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby! Hundreds of Square One community supporters donned hats and seersucker suits and joined us at the Colony Club for an evening of awareness, fundraising and fun.
A great time was had by all, thanks to our good friends at the Gaudreau Group who were this year's Presenting Sponsor. Special thanks to our host Jeff Lomma and our event supporters Northeast IT, the Colony Club, Kate Grey Boutique and Inspired Marketing.
Submitted by Ruby Dillon on May 24, 2016 - 9:48am
Painting with a Twist!
Looking for a fun, creative evening out?
Join us for Painting with a Purpose on June 8, 2016! Painting with a Twist in East Longmeadow is hosting this wonderful event and will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to Square One. Join us and purchase your tickets today!
Submitted by Ruby Dillon on May 24, 2016 - 9:45am
Congratulations to the 20 women who recently completed the Foot in the Door workforce development program. Square One is proud to have been a partner in this 12-week pilot initiative, along with Dress For Success of Western Massachusetts, Baystate Health, MGM, Smith & Wesson, Columbia Gas, United Personnel, and Training & Workforce Options. With a 15,000 donation from Colombia Gas, the curriculum-based program took place every Saturday morning at Square One's Main Street site. The participants were provided with free child care while they attended classes.
Submitted by Square One on April 7, 2016 - 11:58am
Join Square One for a Derby Party presented by The Gaudreau Group on Saturday, May 7 from 4:30-7:30pm at The Colony Club in Springfield, MA. Enjoy an evening of fun, hearty hors d’oeuvres, and a complimentary mint julep; plus watch the race live. Don’t forget to wear a big hat and dress to impress for a chance to win prizes for Best Derby Attire.
Submitted by Ruby Dillon on November 19, 2015 - 4:43pm
Mom Squad is a vital program built to serve mothers who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. It's a skills-based service where parents can earn childcare vouchers by committing to 30 hours of community service while taking the next steps toward their own career or educational path.
As parents work to achieve their goals they can rest assured that their children are enrolled in a safe, positive and educational environment with other kids their own age through Square One.
Submitted by Ruby Dillon on October 27, 2015 - 4:19pm
The LAUNCH curriculum consists of fun, physical activities that includes topics such as conflict resolution, personal safety, hygiene, nutrition, stress reduction and more.
Submitted by Square One on August 17, 2015 - 1:43pm
The Springfield Public Schools, Square One, YMCA Early Learning Center and HCS Head Start, Inc. is hosting a NEW cooperative preschool program. This program is open to children living in Springfield who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and whose family’s income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The program will be offered full days, year-round and has available slots for immediate enrollment. There is no cost to parents. Transportation is NOT provided.
Check out the video announcing the initiative on Mass Appeal in 2015: