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.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Looking for another opportunity to wear a fabulous hat for a great cause? Be sure to plan on joining Square One for the 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party on May 6, 2017 at the Colony Club in Springfield. 
     
  • Is riding motorcycles more your speed? Be sure keep your eyes and ears open for information on how to register for our Father's Day Weekend Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Special thanks to the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club for organizing the ride to benefit Square One.
     

King Street Movie Night

Our King Street parking lot transformed into an outdoor movie theater recently. To welcome families back to school and support our family literacy initiatives, our staff orchestrated a showing of Finding Nemo, complete with freshly popped popcorn and other treats. Following the movie, families wrote a review of the film and also received free books to enjoy at home. 

Taking a break from the Governor's Office

Special thanks to Michael Knapik, who took time from his busy schedule in Governor Baker's Western Massachusetts office to pay a visit to Square One recently. Director Knapik learned all about Square One's latest programs and services and even got a "hands on" craft lesson from the children in our preschool program. 

Parents as Teachers

Square One is proud to have been named the latest partner in the nationally renowned Parents as Teachers program. This program is the latest in a long list of opportunities for Square One to better serve the children and families in our region.
 

Parents as Teachers is a trusted resource providing a proven home-visiting model for the most respected organizations, including Square One, who meet the evolving needs of families. The goal is to help young children grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Learn and Earn

Square One's SQUAD Learn & Earn Programin partnership with Holyoke Community College is a vital program designed to serve and assist young parents ages 16 to 24 in successfully achieving educational and employment goals. 

 

This program is an academic and career training program where participants obtain their HiSET and workforce skills through community service.

Back to School

What a busy fall season it has been at Square One! After an awesome summer of learning -- mixed with some spectacular summertime fun - our learning centers kicked off the new school year with a renewed energy and eagerness to learn and play.
 

We look forward to watching them learn and grow - academically, physically and socially - throughout the months ahead. 

A ONE-derful Celebration

On October 6, 2016, Chez Josef in Agawam was transformed into a ONE-derland spectacular!  The 11th Annual Square One Tea drew nearly 400 supporters who gathered to celebrate the tremendous work that Square One is doing to help improve the lives of thousands of children and families throughout the greater Springfield region. From the extravagant hats to the whimsical decorations to the delicious food and drinks, the event was a ONE-derful celebration!  

This year's event was sponsored by:

Square One helps children avoid summer learning losses, have fun in the process

SPRINGFIELD — The start of a new school year is just days away and children — ranging in age from 5 to 12 — enrolled in a Square One program aimed at preventing summer learning losses are confident and raring to start.

During a wrap-up celebration session of the summer program, held last week at the Christian Life Center on Sumner Avenue, the children sat at the feet of singer-storyteller Mary Jo Maichack who reminded them a new school year was about to begin.

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