Families at an SFLC event

Welcome Somerville Families

  • CLOTHING DRIVE The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC) has an Amazon wish list and a Target wish list to make donations to local families in need.
  • Free meals and other food resources www.somerville.k12.ma.us/ReliefForFamilies
  • Read our Social Stories for Young Children and their Caregivers all about feelings that can arise during the current health crisis. Find them at the top of our Talking About Coronavirus page. Available in several languages.
  • Please email the Director of the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Nomi Davidson with any urgent basic needs questions. 


April Calendar

Download the April SFLC Calendar


April 5 - June 18, 2021
Somerville parents and caregivers with young children can join a Literacy Playgroup on Facebook Live and/or register for one of our Zoom or Outdoor Playgroups. For questions or to register, please email sfn@k12.somerville.ma.us or call 617-625-6600 x6990. For more information, please visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/playgroups.



April 8, Thursday, 6:00pm
Come and learn about the Multilingual Learner Parent Advisory Council’s (MLPAC) work. There will be time for you to share your thoughts, concerns, and experiences with the schools. Please contact Francia Reyes for the Zoom link.



April 14, Wednesday, 9:45 – 10:30am.
Virtual Children's Town Hall
Celebrate Somerville’s youngest learners with Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville’s Early Education and Care community and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Explore the question: What does it mean to be a change maker in our community? For more information about the Week of the Young Child, please visit https://somerville.k12.ma.us/woyc.



April 15 and April 22, Thursdays, 6:00pm.
Learn to feel in control of your finances. This workshop is presented by the City of Somerville’s Health and Human Services. For more information, please contact Jennifer Mancia, City of Somerville Community Services Manager at jmancia@somervillema.gov or (781) 490-3878. To register, please use https://forms.gle/sKE7wvb4Gp5n88wF8.


Did you know that you can find information about the Somerville Public Schools return to In-Person Learning all in one place? Visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/transition for latest district updates and videos about welcoming students back to school, daily wellness checks at home for students, and COVID-19 testing at school. The site also includes helpful
information for families opting to continue remote learning, contact information for all school nurses, and a COVID-19 data dashboard with information about Somerville Public Schools buildings and classrooms, community health metrics
charting new COVID cases by day in the larger community, and school-based testing and tracing data charting student and staff cases identified through the SPS COVID Testing Program.



SOMERVILLE CITY ALERTS AND COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION Do you live or work in Somerville? Do you support families in Somerville interested in Somerville, MA Community Alerts? Available in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Nepali and English, city alerts include information about snow emergencies, detours and construction, etc., and alerts now include COVID-19 Vaccine Information. To sign up up for calls, emails, or text notifications and to recieve COVID-19 Vaccine Information and City Alerts, click here or call 311. Visit the City of Somerville’s COVID-19 Information webpage for more information and resources.

Vaccine Info Lines are also available:
• English Vaccine Info Line: 617-591-3251
• Portuguese Vaccine Info Line: 617-591-3253
• Nepali Vaccine Info Line: 617-591-3255
• Spanish Vaccine Info Line: 617-591-3252
• Haitian Creole Vaccine Info Line: 617-591-3254


FOOD RESOURCES FOR SOMERVILLE FAMILIES Free Grab-And-Go Meals are distributed Mondays through Fridays, 11:30am–2:00pm at all PK/K-8 Somerville Public Schools. Grab-And-Go Meals are also available from 7:30–9:00am at the East Somerville, Healey, and Winter Hill Schools. The Food for Free/SFLC 2020–2021 “Backpack Program” is running in a modified format this school year with a distribution of monthly grocery gift cards to eligible families. Do you know a food insecure family with children in the Somerville Public Schools? Refer them to their school’s SFLC Family and Community Liaison to see if they qualify for enrollment. City of Somerville partners such as Shape Up Somerville and the Council on Aging are also working to address food security alongside our community partners in the Somerville Food Security Coalition. Visit http://somervillefoodsecurity.org/ for information about food pantries, free community meals, and more.


SOMERVILLE DIAPER PROJECT In collaboration with The Beautiful Stuff Project, Cradles to Crayons, and individual donors, free diapers are distributed every Wednesday to Somerville families, 11:30am–12:30pm, at the East Somerville Community School and West Somerville Neighborhood School. Volunteer to distribute or make home deliveries. It is safe, outdoor, contactless volunteering. Donations of diapers are accepted, or make a donation by purchasing diapers here. To volunteer, contact SPS/SFLC Volunteer Coordinator Jen Capuano at JCapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us.


SOMERBABY The SomerBaby program welcomes Somerville’s youngest residents and connects families to the many resources that Somerville has to offer, strengthening social and community connections and starting babies on a path of lifelong health and learning. SomerBaby will be offering contactless delivery of a SomerBaby Welcome Baby Bag and virtual visits through phone calls and video conferencing. Please call or email for more information:
English Contact: Rachel Wilensky 617-981-4382
Spanish Contact: Flor Apolaya 617-549-3455
Portuguese Contact: Maria Holz 617-549-1690
To sign up with a SomerBaby Home Visitor or to refer a family, please click here.


AGES AND STAGES DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING When should she start walking? He is so quiet- is that okay? Do you have questions about how your child is learning or developing skills? Ages and Stages offers a FREE online developmental screening tool for families with children between 1 month and 5 years old. An SFLC staff member will call or email you within two weeks after the completion of the ASQ with your child’s screening results and activities you can do to continue supporting their development. For more information or a paper copy of the screening tool for your child, please email or call (617) 625-6600 x6990. To complete the Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Questionnaire (ASQ) online, please click here.


SFLC COMMUNITY CLOTHING CLOSET The SFLC Community Clothing Closet, free clothing for families in need, is operating remotely and at a limited capacity. If you have concerns about a Somerville family’s need for warm clothing this winter, please contact your school-based SFLC Family and Community Liaisons or Francia Reyes.


SOMERVILLE SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (SSEPAC) The Somerville SEPAC works to support a network of families of children who have special learning needs, to advise the school district, and to provide a forum for families to share information. Join SSEPAC to help make positive change with the special education community. For more information, connect with SSEPAC Leadership, Co-Chairs Michele Lippens and Luciane DeToledo and Secretary Lianor Hillerstrom by email somervilleparentstogether@gmail.com, at Somerville Sepac on Facebook, or visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/ssepac.


SERVE AND INSPIRE: VOLUNTEER Expand and enrich student learning and support Somerville families. Volunteers new to SPS can get started by visiting www.somerville.k12.ma.us/volunteer for current opportunities (most are remote), and contact Jen Capuano, SPS/SFLC Volunteer Coordinator at jcapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us. Educators and staff interested in volunteer support may reach out to their School-Based Volunteer Coordinator or school Principal.


Learn about the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (sflc)

What We Do

1. Prenatal-Early Childhood Services and Supports: Somerbaby Welcome Baby BagsHome Visiting ProgramPlaygroups for Birth to 5 years, Developmental Screenings for Children 1 month to 5 years, 

2. Student Enrollment and Registration: Student RegistrationSchool Open HousesSchool Tours

3. Family Engagement and Empowerment Linked to Learning: Parent / Guardian English ClassesSchool-Based Family and Community LiaisonsParent Support Groups

4. Community Partnerships and Wraparound Services: Referrals and Resources, SPS Volunteers. Please note, the Clothing Closet is not currently open.

About Us

The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC) is the department of family and community engagement of the Somerville Public Schools. As a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant recipient, the Somerville Public Schools partners with the Department of Early Education and Care to provide a variety of resources, support services, and programs to help meet the needs of Somerville families in supporting their children's learning and well-being, birth to adulthood. SFLC By the Numbers. Take a look at this snapshot of the families and people we reached in 2018-2019 through SFLC programming. This report demonstrates the critical role of the SFLC team in supporting families between March and June 2020 during Covid-19. SFLC's role will continue to be central to supporting families throughout the pandemic. You can also read an overview of SFLC's work: SFLC Overview or watch a video overview of the SFLC and its services: https://vimeo.com/266775329

Email, Call, or Visit Us

Director of the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative: Nomi Davidson. (617) 625-6600 x6966.
42 Prescott Street, Somerville, MA 02143. Enter through the Red Door. 
Supported in part by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant recipient.