Enjoying the Most Important Meal of the Day

American International College (AIC) Men’s Ice Hockey teammates, as well as Coach Eric Lang, took a break from the ice to help serve breakfast to the children at Square One. The visit by the D-I Ice Hockey team followed AIC’s #GivingTuesday pledge to fund breakfast for four Square One classrooms each month for a year.  Thank you, AIC!

Let's Gogh Art

Our Square One school-age children enjoyed a wonderful day of creative expression at Let's Gogh Art. Through this program, the children are led by talented instructors who encourage their creative spirit and fosters their creativity while promoting the value of art.

The future is bright for these budding artists!

 

Holiday Happiness

The weeks leading up to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Day were filled with excitement and joy thanks to the outpouring of donations from various toy drives, as well as private and corporate donations. Thank you to all of “Santa’s Helpers” who brightened the holidays for thousands of Square One children and families.

Special thanks to our wonderful friends in the business community for your tremendous support this season:

Community Support for Learn and Earn

Square One's Learn & Earn program is proud to have the support of area businesses who are opening their doors to provide "hands on" training for young parents who are participating in our "Learn & Earn" education and workforce development programs.

Learning to Create Healthy Families

Square One Vice President of Family Services, Joni Beck-Brewer, recently attended the Healthy Families National Conference in Ohio, where she spent several days sharing best practices and new developments with other Healthy Families agencies throughout the country.

Healthy Families is a home-based family support and coaching program that supports young, first-time parents and helps them create stable, nurturing environments for their children.

Square One Staff Members Win Two Statewide Awards

With close to 90 years of collective Square One experience, two longstanding Square One educators were recently recognized by statewide agencies for their contributions in the field of early learning and care. 

Spread Some Holiday Cheer and WIN!

Square One will once again be collecting gifts for our families in need this holiday season. We are very proud to be partnering with Kohl’s Department Store, who will be providing discounted items for Square One supporters to purchase as gifts for Square One children.

All Treats and No Tricks for Square One

October 31st brought visits from superheroes, princesses, pirates, bunnies, minions and more! Hundreds of our Square One children dressed in their favorite costumes and participated in Halloween activities at our Early Learning Centers and in our Family Centers. Special thanks to our friends at the Center for Human Development who arranged for us to visit their Birnie Ave. site to spread some Halloween cheer to the staff there.
 

Who's Ready to Get Hangry on Giving Tuesday

“Hangry” takes on a whole new meaning this #GivingTuesday.  Did you know the cost of ONE coffee can provide a full breakfast for two hungry pre-school children right here in our community?  Help us Get #Hangry and help us provide nourishing breakfasts to our early learners. Make your donation today! 

A Message from Joan

As the leader of one of the major nonprofit organizations serving children and families in Springfield and Holyoke, I feel I must comment on the recent Presidential campaign and election.  I have voted in more than 10 Presidential elections, and I cannot recall a time when there was such animus, disrespectful name-calling and extreme hateful language leading up to and following Election Day.

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