Information

Medford Family Network Family Center

Medford High School, 489 Winthrop St., Medford, MA 02155

Marie Cassidy, family support coordinater

Heather Fuller, program aide

Office Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only

Phone: 781-393-2106

Fax: 781-393-2123

Email: mcassidy@medford.k12.ma.us

Website: medford.k12.ma.us; http://medfordfamilies.org

Find us on Facebook: Medford Family Network

Announcements

Dads Are Great! Workshop: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturdays March 14, 21 and 28 and April 4, 11 and 18, MFN Family Center, 489 Winthrop St. Facilitated by Rob Lublin, MFN Parent Leader. Join Rob in a 6-part series discussion of the important role that dads and those in a fathering role have in the lives of their children. Need to attend all dates. Registration is required. Call 781-393-2106. Child care available upon request.

Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Would you like to learn more about your child’s development? Get a developmental snapshot of your child using an ASQ:SE-2. ASQs help families reflect upon and review their child’s strengths, interests, attributes and areas that may need support.

We offer three ways to do this:

• Online: Parent completes ASQ online

• Hard Copy: Parent completes the ASQ paper form

• With ASQ Staff: Parent completes the ASQ paper form with staff

Call 781-393-2106 for more complete 2106 for more complete details, questions you may have or to make an appointment.

Community Events

Circle Time Story Time: Facilitated by “Miss Andrea” Breen. Storytelling; sing-a-long and music and movement. Circle time story time for ages birth-2 will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and circle time story time for ages 2-5 will be held 11 a.m. to noon Fridays Jan. 3 through March 27 at MFN Family Center.

Indoor Play — Miss Cindy’s Way: 11 a.m.-noon Thursdays March 5, 12 and 19, Medford Youth Center, Chevalier Auditorium, Forest Street. Facilitated by “Miss Cindy” Sabbag. Active play using gymnastic and other play equipment. Ages birth to 4.

Courtyard Kids Play & Learn Group: Dates and times TBD at Courtyard Nursing Care Center. Intergenerational play and learn group with residents including songs, dances, storytime and snack.

Parenting Today Workshops

Registration is required for all workshops. Call 781-393-2106. Child care available upon request for all workshops.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen...And Listen So Kids Will Talk: 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays March 9, 16 or 6-7 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 27 and March 5, 12 and 19, MFN Family Center. Facilitated by Nicole Martinez, MFN Parent Educator. Learn strategies on how to make relationships between parents and children more rewarding through listening skills. Come explore the alternatives to yelling, nagging, and threatening. Feel good about “how” you talk to each other.

Helping Children Cope — Putting Humpty Back Together Again: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays March 31 and April 7, Medford High School Library. Presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald, Certified Human Behavior Consultant Specialist. Explore resiliency in children to help them develop strategies to navigate stormy waters and create safe harbors.

Parenting Support Groups

Registration is requested but not required. Call 781-393-2106.

Welcome to Parenting Group for New Moms & Dads: 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays, MFN Family Center. Drop-in format. Facilitated by Aine O’Malley, JF&CS Parent Leader. Are you a first-time new parent? This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends for yourself and your child.

Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays March 25, MFN Family Center. Facilitated by Lyndsay Dixon, Marissa Isbill, Heather McKinnon Glennon, MFN Parent Leaders. Come chat about you, your family, your triumphs and your struggles. Questions? Email parentsofasdmedford@gmail.com

S.T.E.A.M. Play & Learn Groups

Facilitated by Linda Selinger, Director, Kids’ Corner Child Care Center. Location: Kids’ Corner, 489 Winthrop St., Medford. For ages 3, 4, 5 and 6. Registration is required. Call 781-393-2106. Register for up to three. You will be waitlisted for any additional.

Goldilocks & the Three Bears: 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 6. We will read a story, have circle time, compare sizes (small, medium, large) and make masks.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff: 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 13. We will read the story, have circletime, make a bridge and explore goats.

The Three Little Pigs: 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 20. We will read a story, have circle time, explore different materials to build houses and create masks.

Little Red Riding Hood: 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 27. We will read the story, have circle time, create a map to Grandma’s house and build a basket to hold our apples.

Drop-in Playtime Schedule at the MFN Family Center

Drop-in playtime is a wonderful opportunity to play and interact with your child(ren). Enjoy the company of other families with young children while playing in our play space. You are requested to make every effort to clean up “as you go” and before you leave. Outside toys are not welcome, as this is a sharing toys’ space. Clean up activities help children sort, organize and have a sense of responsibility and community.

These times are accurate at the time of publication but are subject to change.

March 2020

Mondays: 3-5 p.m. March 2 and 9 and 1:30-5 p.m. March 16, 23 and 30.

Tuesdays: 2-5 p.m. March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Wednesdays: 3-5 p.m. March 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Thursdays: 3-5 p.m. March 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Fridays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-noon March 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Winter 2020 Play and Learn Groups

New Families must apply in person and will be prioritized. Returning Families may apply using the online link to the registration form and dedicated email address that will be available beginning Jan. 6. Families will be contacted by telephone by Jan. 17. One Play and Learn Group per family. Schedule is subject to change pending enrollment.

Creepin’ Crawlers: 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays March 11, 18 and 25 and April 1, 8, 15 and 29. For ages 8-15 months. Babies only; no siblings, please.

Waddlin’ & Toddlin’: 2-3 p.m. Thursdays March 5, 12, 19 and 26 and April 2, 9, 16 and 30. For ages 16-21 months.

Yahoo Crew: For ages 22-33 months.

• 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays March 10, 17, 24 and 31 and April 7, 14 and 28

• 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesdays March 10, 17, 24 and 31 and April 7, 14 and 28

• 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesdasy March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8, 15 and 29

• 9-10:30 a.m. March 12, 19 and 26 and April 2, 9, 16 and 30.

Kiddie Glee: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays March 11, 18 and 25 and April 1, 8, 15 and 29. For age 34-45 months.

Fun Galore: For ages 46-60 months.

• 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays March 9, 16, 23 and 30 and April 6, 13 and 27.

• 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays March 5, 12, 19 and 26 and April 2, 9, 16 and 30.

MFN Special Events

Character Breakfast with Curious George: 9:30-11 a.m. March 14, McGlynn Elementary Café, 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway. Sponsored by Greater Boston Reading Council. Activities will include art activities, book mark making, face painting and storytelling with Mother Goose. Refreshements will include breakfast bagels, bananas, fruit cocktail, juice and yogurt. Have your picture taken with Curious George, get free books for children and literacy packets for caregivers. Registration is required. Call 781-393-2106.

Grandparents Play and Learn Group: 2-3 p.m. Mondays March 2 and 9, MFN Family Center, 489 Winthrop St., Medford. Facilitated by “Miss Andrea” Breen, Play & Learn Group Leader. Special playgroup for Grandparents and other relatives and caregivers who are the “Grand”parents in the life of a young child. Also included are handouts and discussion time devoted to that unique relationship. Registration is required. Call 781-393-2106.

SWAP Day: 3-4:30 p.m. March 22, Temple Shalom, 475 Winthrop St. Help others and help yourself! You do not need to donate in order to take items. Donations must be small enough to carry. Drop off at the MFN Family Center at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 13. Contact Tamar Siegel at tsiegel@comcast.net with questions.

Friday Night with Families, Friends & Knucklebones: 4:30-7:30 p.m. March 13 and April 3, Medford High School Gym, Cages 1 & 2, 489 Winthrop St. Enter through Community Schools Door and follow the signs.Family activities will include balance beam hula hoops balls, balls, balls giant connect four toddler play area scooters and spinning bilibos. Pizza and water from Lisa’s Pizza will be available for purchase. Join us any time between 4:30 and 7 p.m. and enjoy as long as you can! Registration is requested but not required. Call (81-393-2106. For families with children birth to age 8.

Parent Leadership Opportunities

Medford Family Network (MFN) Advisory Board

We are seeking new board and committee members.

Committees are as follows:

• Parent Ambassador Committee: Build on the Parent Ambassador Program by recruiting, enrolling and training MFN parents, present and past, to ensure an MFN presence at citywide events.

• Marketing Committee: Focus on communication, including brochures, press, newsletters and social media to ensure that MFN information is available in a variety of formats to families.

• Program Committee: Advise on program development and implementation; assist in the planning and promotion of the Early Education & Care Fair, as well as specialized programming such as Parent Café, Peer Review, Financial Literacy and Family Literacy. Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the MFN Family Center (includes dinner, child care and transportation options).

For information, contact Marie Cassidy, family support coordinator, at 781-393-2106 or mcassidy@medford.k12.ma.us.

Friends of the Medford Family Network (FMFN) Board

The FMFN is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to raise and administer funds to support the programs offered by the MFN (e.g., Teddy Bear Picnics, Playgroups in the Park, Family Concerts).

The FMFN host annual fundraisers each year:

• Valentine Family Festival

• Night of 10,000 Lights Gala

• Trivia Nights

• Yoki Golf Tournament

For information, contact Marie Cassidy at 781-393-2106 or mcassidy@medford.k12.ma.us.

What is the Medford Family Network (MFN)?

The MFN of the Medford Public Schools is a free universal parenting education and family support program since 1994. We focus on the positive impact on the developmental process of children prenatal to age 8, supporting the families that care for them. All adults who live or work in Medford caring for young children are welcome. This is accomplished through parenting education workshops with child care; age-specific play and learn groups including S.T.E.A.M. and Intergenerational; new parents group; home visitations; family events; a parent lending library; drop-in play space; information and referral services; ASQ Questionnaire; family and financial literacy activities; individual consultations. Unique support programs also include, but not limited to, Dads (and those in a fathering role), Grandparents, parents who speak languages other than English; parents of children with autism. Programs are held at a variety of sites around the city — weekdays, evenings, and weekends.

Check the calendar for program details and updates at http://calendarwiz.com/mfnschedule.

Medford Family Network (MFN) is funded in part by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant, the Children’s Trust (CT) Massachusetts Family Center Grant, the Friends of the Medford Family Network (FMFN), Corp., and the generous donations from our families and friends.