Playgroup

SFLC Playgroups, Parent Support Groups, Parent Education, and ASQ Developmental Screening are funded by the MA Department of Early Education and Care's CFCE Grant. Information on the CFCE ParentChild+ Program can be found here. SFLC Programs are available to Somerville residents only unless otherwise specified.

SFLC Playgroups Summer 2022

Click here for the Summer 2022 Playgroups Schedule & Registration Information! (in English, Spanish and Portuguese)

Please note:
- No registration is required for the drop-in Outdoor Playgroup.
- Registration for the indoor playgroup will take place June 21 and June 22 ONLY.

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Support Groups

VIRTUAL In This Together: A free on-line support group for parents of children birth to 10 years old

Who: People who have young children (birth-10 years old) and would like to connect with other parents, share ideas, frustrations, and resources! 
What: A 90 minute Zoom group meeting with facilitation by Amy Bamforth (from the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative)
When: Weekly on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m. 

Where: Online. Please email sfn@k12.somerville.ma.us for the link to join us!

IN-PERSON New Parent Support Group (resuming Fall 2022)
Fridays 1:00-2:30pm at the Edgerly Building (8 Bonair Street)

Connecting with other parents is important whenever people become parents. Talking with others who are going through similar experiences, and hearing specific ideas to solve problems can feel wonderful. 
As one participant said, "This group lets us enjoy parenting the way we always dreamed about!"

Join us for our New Parents Support Group every Friday, 1:00-2:30pm in person!
Open to all expectant parents and parents with babies from Birth - 15 months old.
Facilitated by Amy Bamforth, MS (ED.), LICSW, Early Childhood Specialist at the SFLC.

Please email sfn@k12.somerville.ma.us to register.

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ASQ Developmental Screening

Learn more about your child's development with the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)!
If your child is between 2 months and 5 years old, you can complete the ASQ-3 (general screening) and/or the ASQ:SE-2 (social-emotional screening).
Once completed, you will hear back from an SFLC staff member with the results, along with activities you can do to continue supporting your child's development.
Click below to complete the screening(s):

English: https://www.asqonline.com/family/4da2f1
Español: https://www.asqonline.com/family/4ba1af

If you have any questions, please feel free to email sfn@k12.somerville.ma.us or call us at (617) 625-6600 x6990.

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Choosing Child Care

Are you looking for child care for your birth-5 year old? Visit the SPS Early Education & Care webpage for information and resources.

View slides from the January 2022 Choosing Child Care Workshop here.

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Potty Training

Are you wondering if your child is ready to start potty training? These readiness checklists may help: EnglishSpanishPortugueseNepali

For more tips & information, check out these videos: EnglishSpanish

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Resource Sheets for Somerville Families

Including Somerville Public Schools, City of Somerville, and community supports.

EnglishSpanishPortugueseHaitian Creole

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Mental Health Supports

English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole

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Additional Resources

Anti-Bias / Anti-Racism  
Early Learning is Crucial

  • Thoughts on Very Young Children and Race by Amy Bamforth and Janet Lane    English
  • Thoughts on Very Young Children and Race by Amy Bamforth and Janet Lane   Spanish
  • Thoughts on Very Young Children and Race by Amy Bamforth and Janet Lane    Portuguese
  • Thoughts on Very Young Children and Race by Amy Bamforth and Janet Lane    Haitian Creole

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​Looking for more resources on talking about racism and activism with kids of all ages? Visit https://somerville.k12.ma.us/talking-about-racism 

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At Home Activities

Learning, Playing, and Helping at Home: A message to families 

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Infants (Birth - 15 months)
Toddlers (15 months - 3 years)
Preschoolers (3 - 5 years)

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Infantes (Recién nacidos - 15 meses)
Niños Pequeños (15 meses - 3 años)
Preescolares (3-5 años)

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Bebês (Do Nascimento aos 15 meses) 
Crianças de (15 meses a 3 anos de idade)
Crianças em idade (pré-escolar de 3 a 5 anos)

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Tibebe (Nesans - 15 mwa)   
Timoun piti (15 mwa. - 3 zan)
Preskolè (3-5 an.)

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शिशुहरू (जन्म - १५ महिना)   
बच्चाहरु (१५ महिना- ३ वर्ष) 
प्रिस्कूलर्स ( ३ वर्ष- ५ वर्ष)

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Social Stories 

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We are Wearing Masks Written by Meredith Polsky    

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Noah Henry by Deana Sobel Lederman 

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Coronavirus Story 

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"When Things Feel Terrible: A Social Story to Help during Hard Times." by Amy Bamforth

English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k0afb607GXtoWAAsZedkrhB1087oXcIC/view?usp=sharing

Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CbSnShlVwisFf6ti8D6VtWQmweLo_Zb6/view?usp=sharing

Portuguese: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1doZMA0NBuKlb9mW0UulREPK2t0PrrbFa/view?usp=sharing

Haitian Creole: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x5gIKbAocZYBukPf9zbzRpZRGIuFx3pE/view?usp=sharing

 

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Social/Emotional Spotlight 

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GUIDANCE FOR SUPPORTING YOUNG CHILDREN THROUGH COVID-19

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Follow SFLC Playgroups on Facebook! www.facebook.com/SFLCplaygroups