It has long been said that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Teachers, parents, grandparents, neighbors, coaches, doctors and many others all play a role in raising happy, well-adjusted children.

Similarly, promoting good health takes the effort of many. As Square One joins its partners in Springfield to celebrate Public Health Month, I am reminded of how many people it takes to ensure that our children have the health resources they need to learn and grow, despite the daunting challenges that many of them face at home.

Whether we are providing our children and families with a nutritious meal, visiting their homes to ensure that their environment is safe and clean, teaching them the importance of keeping fit, or working with our partners to provide occupational therapy and behavioral health services, Square One is fully committed to building a foundation for our children to thrive now and throughout their lifetime!

We are extremely proud to be partnering with Trinity Health in the Transforming Communities Initiative. Through this grant, our efforts are helping to promote breast feeding, and minimize the incidents of childhood obesity through research-based nutrition and exercise programs. And, we are giving our children opportunities to make exercise and character building a daily part of their routines through our LAUNCH program.

None of this would be possible without the support of our community partners. Thank you to all of the individuals, businesses and community organizations who share in our commitment to ensuring a bright future for all children – academically, socially, emotionally and physically. 

Joan Kagan
President & CEO