Superbowl Commercial Promotes Dads

For those of us at Square One who were among the record-breaking viewership of Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, the game-saving, goal-line interception by the Patriots in the final minute was exciting, to say the least. But for those of us in Family Services at Square One, the game’s most exciting moments happened off the field, on television. They were commercials. 

President Signs CCDBG

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to families, as well as funding to support quality initiatives for child care settings. CCDBG is administered to states and the states then use these grants to subsidize, in-part, agencies like Square One which provide child care for low-income working families. Most of this assistance is administered through vouchers which can be used by parents for the provider or program of their choice. 

Parent Power

As a parent, you have a huge influence on your child's decisions. It's a fact—children whose parents talk to them about the risks of alcohol and other drugs are much less likely to use them. Your kids may not let you know you have Parent Power, but you do.

Learning to Read with Games, Songs and Rhyme.

Children are inside the classroom having fun and playing games. Throw in some singing, too. What you hear is the sound of young children learning early literacy skills.

Breaking Bread

The children at Square One in Springfield are breaking healthier bread these days. Fresh-baked and whole wheat, in fact. You'll never guess who the bakers are …

Understanding the Disease of Addiction

Image of woman helping woman

Julie Gagne sits in her light-filled, no-frills office at Square One in downtown Springfield where she is a Transitional Support Specialist

Link to Libraries Donates to Square One

Kimberley Lee, Vice President of Square One happily accepts a check from Susan Jaye Kaplan, President and Founder of Link to Libraries. Funding from Link to Libraries, made possible through a grant, will allow Square One to purchase additional books, learning materials and improve technology for its summertime out of school programming. Currently, Square One, through its summer program, serves 64 elementary school age children who are homeless or living in the state’s foster care system.

Letter to the Editor from Steve Grande, President, Meridian Industrial Group LLC

To the Editor:

There’s a perception that manufacturing is a dying industry in western Massachusetts, but the reality is quite different. In fact, a fundamental challenge faced by manufacturing companies in the region is finding enough qualified employees who can apply math and science and critical thinking to do technical jobs that are the backbone of manufacturing operations today.

Early Literacy Programming At Square One Shows Measurable Results

Children are inside the classroom having fun and playing games. Throw in some singing, too. What you hear is the sound of young children learning early literacy skills.

A new literacy program in progress at Square One, a multi-service agency for families and children located in Springfield and Holyoke, is based on a successful literacy intervention program, the Massachusetts Reading Corps, a replication of the Minnesota Reading Corps.

A Student Remembers His Start At Square One

As we age, our ability to remember (and retain) people, places and things isn’t always as razor-sharp as we’d like it to be. Yet, ask an adult who their Kindergarten teacher was, and as if it was just yesterday, the response is swift and often accompanied by a facial expression that immediately communicates a heartfelt reverence for their teacher. Such is the case with Ben.

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