NEW! Fall 2021 Playgroups and Support Groups Schedule and Registration Information!
Mental Health Supports
NEW Social Story! "When Things Feel Terrible: A Social Story to Help during Hard Times."
Apple Podcast: What To Tell Kids When The News Is Scary
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):
If you have any questions, please feel free to email email@example.com or call us at (617) 684-5316.
Year-Round Support Groups
New Parent Support Group! Fridays 1:00-2:30pm via Zoom
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 via Zoom!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to join us!
In This Together: A free on-line support group for parents of young children
Who: People who have young children 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 email@example.com for the link to join us!
Anti-Bias / Anti-Racism
Early Learning is Crucial
Local musician Alastair Moock (https://moockmusic.com/schools/) is one of a few musicians who recently turned down their Grammy nominations for Best Children’s Album – because all of the nominees were white. After speaking with him, Fayerweather Street School 8th graders created a “Family Music Playlist” of songs by diverse artists. Listen here: https://www.fayerweather.org/unit-music-project?fbclid=IwAR3UhkaN3G3XEVPWaL5gqyFVru2Ex-gVeY1AqNsijmbW8jV8GqPAmIUYEHo
Boston-based @Kidogo Productions creates animated musical content that features and honors Black culture for preschool-age children. Check out their version of Wheels on the Bus, a Soulful Rendition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF8PGk8LBQs
Looking for children’s books with dynamic Black characters? Boston University’s Center on the Ecology of Early Development developed a list of Racially Affirming Books for Black Children -- “books featuring the full humanity of children of color, as main characters who show a wide range of emotions, ideas, and identities, who are learning about how their stories connect with others’, who are active agents in the fight toward justice.” See the list here:
- Looking for anti-bias books for your child/ren? Explore the extensive Children’s Peace Education & Anti-Bias Library and find books based on age, topic, and representation. http://www.childpeacebooks.org/cpb/Protect/search.php
- Help your child become more thoughtful, informed, and brave about race: www.embracerace.org/resources/16-ways-to-help-children-become-thoughtful-informed-and-brave-about-race
- Finding the words to talk about race with your child isn’t always easy. Here are 100 examples of explicit, proactive language around identity and difference, organized by topic: http://www.raceconscious.org/2016/06/100-race-conscious-things-to-say-to-your-child-to-advance-racial-justice/
- 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
- They're not too young to talk about race- infographic
- Somerville Public Schools Director of Early Education Lisa Kuh A message and resources
- Maestros y familias, comuníquense y construyan los puentes que nos ayudarán a sanar. Lisa Kuh, Directora de Educación Temprana 6/17
- Talking Race with Young Children. NPR Podcast
- We Are All Alike...We Are All Different by The Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergartners
- Starting the Conversation: Recorded Storytime and Follow-Up Questions/Activity
Books about difference can be a great way to start the conversation about race and inequality with your child. Follow your child’s lead and respond to the questions and thoughts they bring up. Depending on their age, here are some questions you might consider asking your child during or after the video:
- What makes you different from or the same as other people?
- What makes our family different from or the same as other families?
- Sometimes people are treated differently/badly because of their skin color/family structure/etc. [Discuss recent events as you deem appropriate.] Do you think that’s fair?
- What do you think we can do to help create a world that is fair?
In the context of your own family, share your own answers to these questions with your child (ex. “It makes me sad/angry/upset when people are treated differently/badly because of their skin color.”)
Emphasize what your family can do to help create a more fair world. (ex. “When we see people treating others unfairly, we can speak up” or “We will go to protests to use our voices and speak out for our/others’ rights.”)
Expect and encourage these conversations to continue beyond this one reading of the book.
Extended Activity: Provide materials for your child to create a self-portrait. Use “people colored” crayons or provide different colors of paint for your child to mix to create their skin color. Use yarn, colored tape, or other household items for the hair and face!
- Why resistance must be part of any discussion of oppression. Lift Up the Freedom Fighters
- WHCIS Students: We Shall Overcome
- Black Lives Matter: Instructional Library
- Beverly Daniel Tatum video (“Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk?”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_TFaS3KW6s& 7/1
- How To Talk About Race And Protests With Your Kids, Explained By A Child Psychologist | Here & Now 7/14
- Did you catch the live Panel Discussion on Structural Racism with Rep. Ayanna Pressley, DA Rachael Rollins, Mayor Joe Curtatone and other community leaders?
- You can watch it now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMlcU6IY1wM
- Looking for more resources on talking about racism and activism with kids of all ages? Visit https://somerville.k12.ma.us/talking-about-racism
At Home Activities
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)
Tibebe (Nesans - 15 mwa)
Timoun piti (15 mwa. - 3 zan)
Preskolè (3-5 an.)
शिशुहरू (जन्म - १५ महिना)
बच्चाहरु (१५ महिना- ३ वर्ष)
प्रिस्कूलर्स ( ३ वर्ष- ५ वर्ष)
- City Scavenger Hunt (Young Children)
- City Scavenger Hunt (Readers)
- Action for Healthy Kids: Game on Activity Library
- Gabi Says, “I’m Confused!” No School, No Friends! A Story about Social Distancing By Amy Bamforth ~ Illustrations by Janet Lane
- Gabi dice: "¡Estoy confundida!" ¡No Escuela, No Amigos! Una historia sobre distanciamiento social Por Amy Bamforth ~
- Ilustrado por Janet Lane Traducido en español por Flor Apolaya y Francia Reyes
- Gabi Disse, “Eu estou confusa!” Sem escola, sem amigos! Uma história sobre distanciamento social By Amy Bamforth ~
- Illustrations by Janet Lane Translation by Maria Holz & Fernanda Villar (Portuguese)
- 贝贝说,“我很苦恼!” 没有学校,没有朋友! 一个关于社交隔离的故事 作者 Amy Bamforth 绘者 JanetLane Chewlee Lim
- 貝貝說,“我很苦惱!” 沒有學校,沒有朋友! 一個關於社交隔離的故事 作者 Amy Bamforth 繪者 JanetLane Chewlee Lim
- Ronan is Confused By Amy Bamforth. Illustrated by Janet Lane
- Ronan está Confundido
- Ronan está confuso
- What Nathan & His Friends Can Do A Social Story about Staying Healthy By Amy Bamforth MS(ED.) LICSW
- Lo que Nathan y sus amigos Pueden hacer
- O que o Nathan & seus Amigos Podem Fazer
Corona Virus Story
- Mealtimes with Young Children
- Las comidas con niños pequeños
- Refeições com crianças pequenas
- स-साना बालबाललकाहरू संग खाना खानेसमय
- “Serve and Return” Interactions
- Interacciones "Servir y Devolver"
- Interações "Ação e Reação"
- "सेवा र फिर् अन्तफरा या
- The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation
- El Poder de la Conversación que Modifica el Cerebro
- O Poder da Conversa que Muda o Cérebro
- कु राकानीको मस्तिष्क-पररवर्तन गने शस्ति
Early Childhood Mental Health: Facts and Resources
- Responding to Challenging Behavior
- Respondiendo a comportamientos desafiantes
- Respondendo a comportamentos desafiadores
- चुनौतीपूर्णव्यवहार प्रततको प्रतततिया
- Responding to Children's Feelings
- Respondiendo a los Sentimientos de los Niños
- Respondendo aos sentimentos das crianças
- बालबाललकाहरूको भावनाहरूमा प्रलिलिया लदिंद
- Playing with Young Children
- Jugando con niños pequeños
- Brincando com crianças pequenas
- साना बालबाललकाहरूसँग खेल्दै
More resources to come! Please continue to check in!