Families at an SFLC event

Welcome Somerville Families

We Moved Locations!

The SFLC and Enrollment Office have moved to the Edgerly Building at 8 Bonair Street, Somerville, MA 02145. Please contact us at: 617-629-5670.

More resources and information can be found on the July 2021 Resources for 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. 

 

SFLC Calendar

Coming Soon: Download the May/June SFLC Calendar

SFLC Parent/Guardian Support Groups

April 5 - June 18, 2021
Talking with others who are going through similar experiences can help. Parents/Guardians are invited to join an SFLC Support Group, supported and/or facilitated by Amy Bamforth, MS (ED.), LICSW, Early Childhood Specialist at the SFLC. Please email sfn@k12.somerville.ma.us with questions or for the Zoom link to join. Please email fapolaya@k12.somerville.ma.us for the Vamos a Crecer Juntos group.
  • Somerville Dads Together (All Ages) Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • In This Together (All Ages) Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Year-Round
  • Vamos a Crecer Juntos Spanish-Language Support Group (Expectant - 15 mos.) Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, 5/13, 5/27, 6/10
  • New Parents Group (Expectant - 15 mos.) Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, Year-Round
  • Sleep Strategies for Families (Birth - 5 years) Thursdays 7:00 - 8:00 pm, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27

Summer 2021 Camps and Activities: Programs and Partners!

Visit somerville.k12.ma.us/Summer for information about engaging, fun summer activities for any age student. The Somerville Public Schools, City of Somerville, and partner organizations offer summer program opportunities and both fee-based and free programs for targeted populations. Please contact programs directly with questions.

 

MORE RESOURCES

TRANSITION TO IN-PERSON LEARNING INFORMATION AND RESOURCES 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 the 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 receive 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 Monday, April 26, Grab-and-Go Meals will be available for pick up at the main entrance of the new Somerville High School from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. No ID is required for Grab-and-Go Meals, and families are encouraged to take as many as they need. All breakfast and lunch meals served at school continue to be free. For Somerville families eligible for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) funds, if a child has transitioned to a hybrid schedule and then to fully in person, please expect a decrease in P-EBT funds for the months of May and June. The federal government has extended P-EBT funds through the summer months. Stay tuned for more details about summer P-EBT or visit www.map-ebt.org. For information about community food resources, please visit www.somervillefoodsecurity.org.

 

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 clothing, 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.

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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.
8 Bonair Street, Somerville, MA 02145. 
 
Supported in part by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant recipient.