It Takes a Village to Teach a Child

Our success in helping our children learn is only as strong as the partners who support our work. Huge thanks to Susan Kaplan and all of our dear friends at Link to Libraries, who provide our children with books of all genres for our children to enjoy both in our classrooms and in their homes. We are so grateful to Drs. Lou and Mary Adler, who generously sponsor books for the children who attend our Holyoke Early Learning Center.   

Learning and Earning

Square One Learn & Earn participant Alisha Wilson had the opportunity to complete her 1-day job shadow exercise in our very own commercial kitchen, as part of our comprehensive HiSET (formally GED) workforce development initiative. Alisha is one of many young parents participating in this program made possible by the Regional Employment Board, the Community Foundation, and most recently, Fallon Health. We are excited to welcome Fallon Health to celebrate our partnership on our King Street Center on March 9, 2017. Please join us at 9:00 a.m. 

Horses, Hats, Hogs and Helmets!

From horse races to horsepower, Square One has special event for you!

Join our friends from the Gaudreau Group and Northeast IT for Square One’s 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 6 at the Colony Club. Hundreds of Square One community supporters will don hats and seersucker suits and join us at the Colony Club for an evening of awareness, fundraising and fun.

Readers of Today Building Readers of Tomorrow

We know that children grow up to become better educated and more productive when they have high-quality early education, nurturing adults to care for them, and a safe and healthy community in which to live. We also know that developing an early appreciation for literacy can make a tremendous difference in every child’s long-term academic and creative success.

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. 

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