Playgroup

Playgroups and Parent Support Groups

Enrollment for Session 1 groups starts Tuesday, September 13 at 9:00a.m.

Enrollment Link

If you need language support to enroll, please call 617-625-6600 x6992

Session 1 Groups run from October 3-December 16, 2022. The Session 1 enrollment period starts September 13 at 9:00a.m. and lasts until end of day September 14. Families who enroll during that time will receive priority for placements registrations. Email questions to sfn@k12.somerville.ma.us.

Read the flyer in English, Spanish, or Portuguese

Session 1 Playgroups and Parent Support Calendar

Indoor playgroups: Registration Required

Location: Edgerly Building, 8 Bonair Street, Somerville, MA 02145

Mondays
A. Discover and Learn. 2 years. 9:00-10:30a.m. (Full)
F. Discover & Learn. 6-18 months. 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m.
J. Playgroup in Portuguese. Birth to 5 years. 3:00-4:30p.m. (Full)
 
Tuesdays
B. Preschool Playgroup. 2.9 years-5 years . 9:00-11:00a.m.
K. Discover and Learn. Birth to 5 years. 3:00-4:30p.m.
 
Wednesdays
C. Discover and Learn. Birth to 5 years. 9:00-10:30a.m. (Full)
G. Discover and Learn. Birth to 15 months. 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m.
L. Playgroup in Nepali. 3:00-4:30p.m.
 
Thursdays
D. Discover and Learn. Birth to 5 years. 8:30-10:00a.m.
H. Playgroup in Spanish. Birth to 5 years. 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m.
 
Fridays
E. Discover and Learn. Birth to 5 years. 9:00-10:30a.m.
I. Discover and Learn. Birth to 5 years. 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m.
 

Outdoor Playgroups: Drop in / Registration is not Required

Location: Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143

Thursdays
Discover and Learn. Birth to 5 years. 11:00a.m.-12:30p.m.
Playgroup in Nepali. Only on October 6, 13, 20, and 27. 3:00-4:30p.m.
 

Virtual Playgroups and Resources / Registration is not Required

Please visit facebook.com/SFLCplaygroups for information about multilingual playgroups, story times, and resources.

Parent Support Groups (Virtual or in-person): Registration Required

Mondays
Vamos a Crecer Juntos (In Spanish). For parents of children birth to 15 months. October 3 and 17, November 14 and 28, December 12, 2022. 1:00-2:00p.m. Location: Edgerly Building, 8 Bonair Street, Somerville, MA 02145.
 
Thursdays
New Parents Group (in English). For parents of children birth to 15 months. 1:00-2:30p.m. Location:  Edgerly Building, 8 Bonair Street, Somerville, MA 02145.
 
Thursdays
In This Together (in English). For parents of children birth to 10 years. 4:00-5:30p.m. Location: Virtual via Zoom.
 

More about playgroups

We welcome all Somerville families with children birth to five years old to enroll in one group per week. Playgroups are a place to meet other parents and caregivers with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Children have an opportunity to play together in an educationally-rich environment. All groups focus on a variety of experiences that support children's development in literacy, math, science, music, art, large motor, fine motor, and social-emotional skills.

 

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.

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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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Toilet Training

Are you wondering if your child is ready to start toilet 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