Champions for Children

Huge thanks to our newest “Adopt-A-Classroom” sponsors: Alekman & DiTusa Attorneys at Law; and John & Kathleen Gormally!

Food for Thought

Did you know that more than 223,000 people in Western Massachusetts struggle with food insecurity? Hunger and lack of nutritious food have long-term consequences for children, including increased rates of impaired cognitive and brain development, lowered immune response, short stature, and obesity. Similarly, studies show that malnourished elders experience more frequent and prolonged hospital stays, with a higher rate of complications.

Celebrating Black History Month

Through music, art and literature our children, families and staff celebrated the heritage, accomplishments and culture of African Americans throughout our history. Our Square One Learn & Earn students recently visited the Pan African Historical Museum USA in Springfield as part of their studies, while our early learning and pre-school children shared experiences in African music, dance and artwork.  

Icky, Sticky, Gooey

What fun our Square One families had getting icky, sticky and gooey at our recent Family Fun Night. If this looks like fun, be sure to join us for our other events this month.

What fun our Square One families had getting icky, sticky and gooey at our recent Family Fun Night. If this looks like fun, be sure to join us for our other events this month. 

 

Making Headlines

Advocacy for Preschool Teachers

Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Share your love with a Square One child this Valentine's Day. Help us help more children overcome the daunting challenges that many of them are burdened with -- poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, abuse and neglect, to name just a few. Please consider supporting the important work they we are doing to build a brighter future for all. http://startatsquareone.org/content/donate

It Takes a Village to Teach a Child

Our success in helping our children learn is only as strong as the partners who support our work. Huge thanks to Susan Kaplan and all of our dear friends at Link to Libraries, who provide our children with books of all genres for our children to enjoy both in our classrooms and in their homes. We are so grateful to Drs. Lou and Mary Adler, who generously sponsor books for the children who attend our Holyoke Early Learning Center.   

Learning and Earning

Square One Learn & Earn participant Alisha Wilson had the opportunity to complete her 1-day job shadow exercise in our very own commercial kitchen, as part of our comprehensive HiSET (formally GED) workforce development initiative. Alisha is one of many young parents participating in this program made possible by the Regional Employment Board, the Community Foundation, and most recently, Fallon Health. We are excited to welcome Fallon Health to celebrate our partnership on our King Street Center on March 9, 2017. Please join us at 9:00 a.m. 

Horses, Hats, Hogs and Helmets!

From horse races to horsepower, Square One has special event for you!

Join our friends from the Gaudreau Group and Northeast IT for Square One’s 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 6 at the Colony Club. Hundreds of Square One community supporters will don hats and seersucker suits and join us at the Colony Club for an evening of awareness, fundraising and fun.

Readers of Today Building Readers of Tomorrow

We know that children grow up to become better educated and more productive when they have high-quality early education, nurturing adults to care for them, and a safe and healthy community in which to live. We also know that developing an early appreciation for literacy can make a tremendous difference in every child’s long-term academic and creative success.

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