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

Leaders in the Community

Jenise Katalina, Assistant Vice President of Family Services at Square One, is currently leading the planning committee for the Maternal Child Health Commission Annual Teen Conference. The Teen Conference has been an annual event put forth through the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services Maternal Child Health Commission, and is set to take place on October 26, 2017.

Safety First

With the summer months upon us, it’s time for lakes, ponds, oceans and pools. Here are some important tips on keeping your children safe in the water this season.


And the winner is....

SQUARE ONE! Congratulations to Liz Szarkowski, Joni Beck Brewer and the Square One Healthy Families team for earning the 2017 Legislative Advocacy Award! The award was presented by Children’s Trust of Massachusetts. 

Harvesting Our Future

Hands-on learning is such fun! Just ask the children enrolled in our School-age Program. They recently planted herbs, fruit and veggies to be enjoyed during the summer and fall months. In preparation for the planting, our staff visited two farms to learn what plants would grow best in our garden. We are anticipating a great harvest! Thank you Linda Lastowski for leading our staff and children in these creative, fun initiatives!

Green and Clean

Who knew that making our own green cleaning products could be so much fun?! Our Square One families learned the health benefits to green cleaning and low cost ways to create their own products. We are thankful to Springfield Healthy Homes and the Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition for collaborating with Square One to offer this experience to our families.

Bike to the Future

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the Bike to the Future Motorcycle Ride benefitting Square One!

Learning to Give, Giving to Learn

For the second year in a row, our friend Jack paid us a visit following his birthday party. In lieu of birthday presents, Jack asks his friends to bring something to donate to a Square One family. THANK YOU, Jack, for setting wonderful example for others to follow. Your kindness is making a difference!

Celebrating Dad!

Our annual Father’s Day Picnic was a great success once again this year! Thank you to the staff, donors and families who came out to enjoy great food, games, face painting and lots of laughs. Thank you to all the Dads, Grand Dads, Step Dads, Foster Dads, and Dad figures in our lives!

How We Love Our Visitors!

Big thanks to all of our recent visitors!

Our very dear friends at Disability Management Services (DMS) and their families who recently spent the day with the children at our Main Street preschool classroom. We were also recently joined by Elias Acuna of Maria Acuna Real Estate, who took time out of his busy day to read to some of our preschoolers.

How fortunate Square One is to have such wonderful community supporters!