Families at an SFLC event

Winter 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.

Welcome Somerville Families

COVID-19 Resources for Somerville Families: English, Spanish, Portuguese
Free meals and other food resources www.somerville.k12.ma.us/ReliefForFamilies

Ideas for starting a conversation with your toddler, child, or teen about our current health crisis www.somerville.k12.ma.us/TalkingAboutCoronavirus

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.

NEW: Read about the SFLC COVID-19 Response

Please email the Director of the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Nomi Davidson with any urgent basic needs questions. 

 


February Calendar

Download the February Calendar

Parenting in a Pandemic Support Group

February 3, 2021. Thursday, 7:00–8:30pm

Talking with others who are going through similar experiences can help. Parents/guardians are invited to join the Parenting in a Pandemic Support Group facilitated by Amy Bamforth, MS (ED.), LICSW, Early Childhood Specialist at the SFLC. To register for Zoom information, please email sfn@k12.somerville.ma.us and visit the Playgroup and Support Group webpage for more support group information.

 

Friday Family Fun Night

February 5, 2021. Friday, 6:30–7:30pm
 
Familes are invited to enjoy a multilingual storytime and musical performance from Rejane DeMusis and Ebinho Carsdoso. Fun for the whole family! Watch live on YouTube at http://bit.ly/SFLCfamilyfun or on EdTV Channel 15. For multilingual flyers and more information about the Playgroup and Parent Support Groups offered by the Early Chilodhood team at the SFLC, visit the SFLC and Playgroup and Support Group webpages.
 

Legal Services Clinic

February 25, 2021. Thursday, 1:00–3:00pm

Connect with representatives from the City of Somerville’s SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs for information, resources, and to make an appointment to speak
with a law student and immigration attorney team from the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinic. The team will work to answer any immigration questions a resident may have. To register for a free immigration consultation, please call:
• Portuguese: Adriana Fernandes, 617-429-5990
• Spanish: Irma Flores, 617-429-5842
• English: Maria Muti, 617-625-6600 x2619
• Nepali: Parashu Ram Phual, 617-429-6012
• Haitian Creole: Jhenny Saint-Surin, 617-429-5911

 

Food Resources for Families in Somerville

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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

Ongoing, Remote
 
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.

 

The Somerville Community Growing Center

Tuesdays in February, 3:00–4:30pm
Fridays in February, 10:00am–12:00pm
Saturdays in February, 12:00–2:00pm

Did you know you can visit the Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) during Open Hours? Volunteer hosts will open the garden on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, unless there is severe weather. Everyone is welcome to stroll the paths, explore the garden, and take a moment to enjoy this little green oasis tucked right next to Union Square. Dress to stay warm and dry, and get some outdoor exercise! Safety precautions include: masks and social distancing, and limited number of guests at one time. To learn more, visit www.thegrowingcenter.org.

 

SFLC Community Clothing Closet

Ongoing

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)

Ongoing, Remote

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

Ongoing

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.

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Somerville Family Learning Collaborative

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.