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.

Square One Healthy Families Graduation

In keeping with its mission to ensure that all parents have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful, Square One recently celebrated the completion of another session of its Healthy Families program initiative.

The graduation ceremony was held on August 16, 2016 at the Dunbar YMCA in Springfield, where 17 families celebrated their completion of the 3-year program.

You're The Mom!

Getting your kids to eat healthy doesn't have to be hard. You're The Mom is a campaign that empowers moms to take small steps to make healthy eating fun and easy for their kids.

Led by Tufts University, Square One is proud to be a part of this initiative to help combat childhood obesity. Members of our staff have been involved in the planning and execution of the campaign; and our Square One families have been instrumental in participating in this research.

Square One Endorses the Cat in the Hat for President!

By:  The Associated Press 

Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat. The Cat  announced his candidacy  Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside the childhood home of Dr. Seuss. He also announced his running mates - Thing 1 and Thing 2.

The Republican newspaper  reports the Cat said through a spokeswoman that he would be willing to release his tax returns.

Cruise Nights

If you've visited Stearns Square in Springfield on a Tuesday evening this summer, you've likely seen some very special classic cars on the road. Presented by 350 Grill, the Springfield Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting the car shows, complete with live entertainment, food and fun.

Funds raised at the events are benefiting the programs and services of Square One, as well as the Springfield Police Department's Ride to Remember.

Be our Guest

Nothing excites our Square One children more than when special guests visit our classrooms to read stories, work on a project or just enjoy a good chat.

 

Over the past few weeks, we have enjoyed visits from Springfield City Councilor Tim Rooke; Springfield City Councilor and candidate for Hampden County Sheriff Tom Ashe; and Hampden County Sheriff's Office Assistant Superintendent and Candidate for Sheriff Nick Cocchi.

 

In the weeks ahead, we will welcome State Senator Eric Lesser and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

 

Square One Welcomes "100 Acts of Kindness" Quilt

As part of a nine-month awareness campaign on the part of Project Baby, Square One is proud to be a host site of the "100 Acts of Kindness" quilt designed to raise awareness of infant mortality in Springfield.

The hand-made quilt is on display at the Square One Family Center at 1095 Main Street in Springfield through August 19. 

Project Baby Springfield is committed to making Springfield a community where all are informed and engaged in everyday practices that lead to healthy babies, healthy mothers, and healthy families. 

Square One enjoyed "Zoo on the Go"

Our Square One preschoolers enjoyed a trip to the Springfield Museums for the Zoo on the Go program this week. Thank you MassLive for capturing the excitement and beautiful smiles! The Summer Spectacular series of events at the Springfield Museums is continuing through August, providing educational and entertaining family programs. The Zoo at Forest Park's "Zoo on the Go" made a visit to the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History to give kids an up-close look at some animals.

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