• Parents Helping Parents

    Weekly support for anyone parenting a child including grandparents, mothers, fathers or foster parents. This group provides a safe confidential environment where parents are able to express their successes and challenges of being a parent. This is a great opportunity to gather with other parents who may share similar experiences.

  • Summertime Care

    The summer months often present extra challenges for parents who need quality child care in order to work.

Mission Moments

  • Children are inside the classroom having fun and playing games. Throw in some singing, too. What you hear is the sound of young children learning early literacy skills.

  • The children at Square One in Springfield are breaking healthier bread these days. Fresh-baked and whole wheat, in fact. You'll never guess who the bakers are …

  • Image of woman helping woman

    Julie Gagne sits in her light-filled, no-frills office at Square One in downtown Springfield where she is a Transitional Support Specialist

President Signs CCDBG

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to families, as well as funding to support quality initiatives for child care settings. CCDBG is administered to states and the states then use these grants to subsidize, in-part, agencies like Square One which provide child care for low-income working families. Most of this assistance is administered through vouchers which can be used by parents for the provider or program of their choice. 

Parent Power

As a parent, you have a huge influence on your child's decisions. It's a fact—children whose parents talk to them about the risks of alcohol and other drugs are much less likely to use them. Your kids may not let you know you have Parent Power, but you do.

Laundry detergent pods 'delicious looking' to kids, but toxic when eaten

Ingested by an unsuspecting child, the caustic chemicals in single-load laundry packs, marketed under such names as "pods" and "flings," burn the esophagus and stomach, as well as the windpipe, and cause vomiting, and breathing problems.

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Link to Libraries Donates to Square One

Kimberley Lee, Vice President of Square One happily accepts a check from Susan Jaye Kaplan, President and Founder of Link to Libraries. Funding from Link to Libraries, made possible through a grant, will allow Square One to purchase additional books, learning materials and improve technology for its summertime out of school programming. Currently, Square One, through its summer program, serves 64 elementary school age children who are homeless or living in the state’s foster care system.

Letter to the Editor from Steve Grande, President, Meridian Industrial Group LLC

To the Editor:

There’s a perception that manufacturing is a dying industry in western Massachusetts, but the reality is quite different. In fact, a fundamental challenge faced by manufacturing companies in the region is finding enough qualified employees who can apply math and science and critical thinking to do technical jobs that are the backbone of manufacturing operations today.

Early Literacy Programming At Square One Shows Measurable Results

Children are inside the classroom having fun and playing games. Throw in some singing, too. What you hear is the sound of young children learning early literacy skills.

A new literacy program in progress at Square One, a multi-service agency for families and children located in Springfield and Holyoke, is based on a successful literacy intervention program, the Massachusetts Reading Corps, a replication of the Minnesota Reading Corps.

Something's Brewing!

It’s Square One’s Tea and we’re hoping you’ll save the date! We know October 2nd is still a few months away, but just like giving children access to a quality early education, we know the earlier the better works!

Square One’s annual Tea is a fun way for you to hear more about the impact of our work while networking with professional men and women from throughout our community, doing a little shopping, and enjoying, you guessed it, tea and refreshments.

Why Counting Sheep Is Important For Young Children

Sleep, we all love it, especially when we wake up from having had a great night's sleep. As adults, we know the important role sleep plays in helping us to “recharge our batteries.” But did you know that a growing body of scientific research supports the crucial role of naps in effective learning for preschoolers?

Why Early Education and Care?

The brain builds 700 neural connections every second the first several years of a child’s life. By age 3, on average, the vocabulary of low-income children is about 500 words, roughly half the size of the 1100-word vocabulary of children whose parents hold professional jobs. Children’s vocabulary at age 3 is strongly correlated with their language skills in third grade.