Medford Family Network Newsletter

of the Medford Public Schools A Friend to Know….A Place to Grow! Fall 2013

Medford Early Education & Care Forum and Fair
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Medford High School Library 489 Winthrop Street, Medford

Join us for a panel discussion as well as a question and answer session about the many Department of Early Education and Care Licensed and Public and Private School Early Education and Care Programs in Medford.
* What are Early Education and Care options in Medford for infants, toddlers and preschoolers? * Financial assistance will be addressed.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

7:00 - 10:30 pm
Medford City Hall

Fundraiser benefiting the Medford Family Network!

Speak with representatives and/or take home brochures and materials that will inform you about Medford’s options. Sorry, child care will not be available. Call (781) 393-2106 with any questions. challenging topics related

The Friends of the Medford Family Network will be holding its annual fundraiser. This adults’ night out will once again feature tastings from all of the best restaurants in Medford; live music; a silent auction; fabulous raffle prizes; and gift bags filled with coupons and surprises for all attendees. Last year, we reached our goal of raising $12,000. We need your help to exceed our goal and host a successful event this year! Help support the Medford Family Network by:

Medford Family Network Family Center
Medford High School 489 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155 Phone: (781) 393-2106 Fax: (781) 393-2123 Email: mcassidy@medford.k12.ma.us Website: www.medfordfamilynetwork.org Http://www.medfordfamilies.org Find us on Facebook Medford Family Network Marie Cassidy, Family Support Coordinator Heather Fuller, Program Aide Candice Otudoh, Office Worker Office Hours: 9:00 am—5:00 pm (Monday—Friday)
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Attending the Event; Sponsoring the Event; Advertising in the Program Book; Making a Donation;

Tickets are $25.00 in advance; $30.00 at the door Get your tickets via www.medfordfamilies.org or at the MFN Family Center.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Page 2 Family Support Programs Page 3 Parent Education Programs Page 4 Drop-in Playtime/Traveling Playgroups in the Park Page 5 Community Resources Page 6 Join MFN with Special Events in the Community Page 7 Parent Leadership Opportunities Page 8 What is the MFN?

Family Support Programs
Call the Medford Family Network at (781) 393-2106 Please call for transportation options.

New Mom’s Group
Every Wednesday

* New Time & Day * Facilitated by Aine O’Malley, JF&CS Parent Leader
12:00 —1:30 pm

Drop-in Format
Location: MFN Family Center

Are you a new mom? Would you like to join a group of others who know exactly what you mean by the word “tired?” Welcome to a great supportive network and a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends for yourself and new playmates for your child!

Visiting Moms - Support for New Moms
Program is offered by Center for Early Relationship Support, a JF&CS Program
This is a FREE Home Visiting Program for new mothers. Sometimes a friendly face, adult conversation, a chance to tell someone that you feel overwhelmed and tired can make a world of difference. Visiting Moms is a nationally acclaimed program for mothers who are struggling with the adjustment to an expanding family. A trained Visiting Mom volunteer will come to your home for up to two hours a week for the first months of infancy or up until baby’s first birthday. The program is nonsectarian. For more information, contact Debbie Whitehill, Visiting Moms Director, at (781) 647-5327 or by email dwhitehill@jfcsboston.org

Grandparents Group Planning Meeting
Thursday, October 3 10:00—11:30 am

Drop-in Format
Location: 101 Riverside Avenue, Medford

Facilitated by Marie Cassidy, MFN Family Support Coordinator and Lee Luongo, MFN Parent Leader
Join in this important discussion about the future of the Grandparents group! The group is a support network that provides an avenue for grandparents to meet others who are caring for their grandchild(ren) either on a full or parttime basis and to offer support, ideas and resources. We are also seeking a leader to oversee this new version of the group that may include weekly meetings, specialized workshops and targeted events.

Parent Support Group
Program is offered by Parents Helping Parents
Every Tuesday 6:30—8:00 pm

Drop-in Format
Location: 55 Otis Street, Medford

Feel stressed, alone, or overwhelmed? Come join a parent support group that is FREE, confidential, and anonymous. These groups serve as a safe place for parents to express frustrations and concerns about their children and families and get advice from other parents who understand. For more information, call Lindsey at (781) 656-5437 or visit www.parentshelpingparents.org. Or, call a Parental Stress Line for support at (800) 632-8188, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are trained volunteer counselors who are sympathetic and nonjudgmental and available to help.

Babysitting Exchange Program
Hosted by Elise Boerjes, MFN Parent Leader

Registration Required

Monday, November 4 8:00—9:00 pm Location: Email Elise for location Barter for child care! We welcome new families who are interested in participating in this established, familyfriendly program. Please feel free to contact Elise at emw@boerjes.com with any questions, to join, and/or to learn more about the exchange. The program includes monthly adult-only “business” meetings and family playtime gatherings.

Dads are Great! Program - We Need Dads and Those in a Fathering Role!
MFN is looking for a “few good men” to help better serve Dads and Those in a Fathering Role. Can you “step up to
the plate” to lead this initiative and/or join a group to develop a plan for this year? We will begin with Family Fun on Friday Nights. If you are interested, please call (781) 393-2106.

Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun Play and Learn Groups - We Need Twins!
Recent demographics tell us that Massachusetts has the highest number of twins born in this country. A review of the MFN database confirms that there are many families with twins. We would like to serve these families with new programs such as Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun Play and Learn groups. Please call (781) 393-2106 if you are interested.
2 Medford Family Network * 489 Winthrop Street * Medford, MA 02155 * (781) 393-2106 * www.medford.k12.ma.us

Parent Education Programs
Call the Medford Family Network at (781) 393-2106 Please call for child care and transportation options.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Facilitated by Lisa Bealieu (Intermediate Class); Sara Stevens (Beginner Classes)
Tuesdays & Thursdays; September 24—June 10 3:30—6:00 pm

Registration Required Location: MFN Family Center

ESOL is a program for families who live or work in Medford who want to improve their English speaking, reading and writing skills. Both Beginner and Intermediate classes are offered. An Advanced class will be opening soon. Child care is available upon request. This program includes a facilitated language-based playtime after class from 5:30—6:00 pm for participating families. Call (781) 393-2106 to register.

STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting)
Facilitated by Valerie DeGeorge, MFN Parent Educator
6 Tuesdays; September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 7:00—8:30 pm

Registration Required Location: MFN Family Center

Principles and skills promoted in this workshop offer a consistent and positive approach to consider as you develop effective communication skills with your child(ren), birth to 8. Valerie will explore and discuss ways that result in confident, cooperative, and responsible parent/child interactions. Use of parent handbook is available.

Feeling Good: Discovering Your Strong & Healthy Self
Facilitated by Beth Yourgrau, Families First Parent Educator
6 Wednesdays; Sept 25; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 7:00—8:30 pm

Registration Required Location: MFN Family Center

Join us for this 6-week wellness program for women. Learn more effective ways to be happier, healthier, wiser and more productive. Enhance your friendships and social support. Healthy snack is provided. Call (781) 393-2106 to register.

Parenting Group—Learn the IEP Basics
Facilitated by Irene Olson (MSPCC) and Lisa Tonello (Medford Housing)
Thursday, September 26 6:00—7:30 pm

Drop-in Format Location: Exchange Street, Medford

This parent meeting is the first of our monthly discussion groups at Willis Avenue Community Center, Exchange Avenue. We welcome all parents/caregivers in Medford! This month’s topic will be Learning the IEP Process. This will include timelines from initial request for testing to team meeting regarding eligibility. A Medford Public Schools ETL (Evaluation Team Leader) has been invited to help parents understand the full process. Handouts and refreshments will be included. To register or have any questions, please call Irene Olsen at (978) 766-2088 or Lisa Tonello at (781) 396-7200 x130. Child care is not available.

Tools for Mindful Parenting through STEP & Self-Care Techniques
Facilitated by Judy Scribner-Moore, MFN Parent Educator
7 Wednesdays; Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6, 13 9:00—11:00 am

Registration Required Location: MFN Family Center

You are invited to join this combination parenting class, which focuses on stress reduction, nourishing the body and mind with tools such as yoga postures and relaxation, and sharing parenting experiences, ideas and strategies. Reading and discussion materials excerpted from the “Systematic Training for Effective Parenting,” and “Everyday Blessings, the Inner Work of Mindful Parenting,” are provided.

In the Middle (A Program for Parents of Middle School-Aged Youth)
Facilitated by Howard Wolfe , LMFT
Wednesday, November 6 7:00—8:30 pm 7:00—8:30 pm

Registration Required Location: MFN Family Center Location: MFN Family Center

“Part I: Teenage Obnoxiousness”
Wednesday; December 4

“Part II: Surviving and Avoiding Power Struggles with Teenagers”
Parenting middle school-aged youth is a challenging task. Join this two-part series of discussions about adolescent development, effective communication, encouraging responsibility and cooperation and problem solving. Handouts are included. More workshops will be scheduled beginning in January 2014. Let us know what topics you want on middle schoolers and teens! Child care is not available.
3 Medford Family Network * 489 Winthrop Street * Medford, MA 02155 * (781) 393-2106 * www.medford.k12.ma.us

Drop-in Playtime at the MFN Family Center!
Drop-in Playtime!
Parents, Caregivers, Guardians welcome! September
Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays 9:00 am— 5:00 pm 2:00 pm— 5:00 pm (9/30 only) 9:00 am— 5:00 pm (closed 9/17) 9:00 am—12:00 pm and 2:00 pm— 5:00 pm 9:00 am— 5:00 pm 9:00 am— 2:30 pm (9/19 only) 9:00 am—5:00 pm

Traveling Playgroups in the Park “Fall Fabulous Fourteen”
14 Fun-Filled Days at the Park!
Facilitated by “Miss Andrea” Breen, Playgroup Leader

October/November/December
2:00 pm—5:00 pm (closed 10/14; 11/11) No Drop-ins 2:00 pm—5:00 pm No Drop-ins 3:00 pm—5:00 pm (closed 11/29)

We will be closed for the holiday break from Friday, December 20 at noon through Wednesday, January 1 and will reopen on Thursday, January 2. Sign in all family members when you arrive each day!

SEPTEMBER 2013 9:30 - 11:30 AM Mondays Tuesdays September 16 (Barry) September 10 (Magoun) September 23 (Logan) September 17 (Harris) September 24 (Cummings) Wednesdays Thursdays September 11 (Hickey) September 12 (Logan) September 18 (Victory) September 19 (Magoun) September 25 (Barry) September 26 (Harris) Fridays September 13 (Cummings) September 20 (Hickey) September 27 (Victory)
Bubbles! Balls! Storytelling! Songs! FREE Books! Art Activities! Parachute Play! Children’s Play Structures! Sidewalk Chalk! Community Resource Information!

What is Drop-in Playtime?
Drop-in playtime at the Family Center is a wonderful opportunity to play and interact with your child(ren). Come down and enjoy the company of other families with young children while playing in our large playroom. Books, puzzles, toys, blocks, and more await you and your child(ren)! Please make every effort to clean up “as you go” and before you leave. Clean up activities help children sort, organize and have a sense of responsibility.

Call for a listing of directions and park locations. If it is NOT pouring, we are playing! If it IS raining,
please call the MFN at (781) 393-2106 to find out if we will be at the park! All Playgroups are FREE for families who live/work in Medford! Please register at the park each day you attend.

Swap Day at the Temple Shalom Auditorium!
Hosted by Tamar Siegel, MFN Parent Leader

Sunday, September 29, 2013 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Help Others and Help Yourself! Suggested donation of $1.00 per family at the door.
Come take what you need for your family and, if you can, donate the following: gently-used, clean toys and books for all ages; baby equipment; clothing for infants, toddlers, kids, tweens and teens; maternity wear (no other adult clothing, please!). Drop off items at the MFN Family Center on Friday, September 27 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, or anytime Monday, September 23 through Thursday, September 26 on the porch at 155 Forest Street, Medford. Contact Tamar Siegel at rtsiegel@comcast.net or call the MFN at (781) 393-2106 with questions; Donations must be small enough to carry; we do not accept stuffed animals, cribs, or car seats; You are NOT required to bring items in order to take items; Child care is NOT available during the Swap; At the end of the day, items not chosen will be taken to a local charity.

Please be thoughtful and only come if you live or work in Medford! Take what you need for your family and leave some for your neighbors.
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Community Resources
Call the Medford Family Network at (781) 393-2106

Freebie Foyer at the MFN Family Center
Please come by and check out our FREE gently-used items including books, maternity wear, infant and children’s clothing, and baby essentials. TO DONATE, BRING ITEMS TO THE MFN OFFICE. We will check each item for safety and appropriateness and then place them in the Freebie Foyer. Also, feel free to give us a call at (781) 393-2106 if you need a particular item.

EMARC
EMARC is a non-profit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the Metro North area. The Family Resource Center offers assistance to parents and other primary caregivers in their efforts to provide care in the home and community for a child or an adult. Contact Judy Santa Maria, Director, at (781) 942-4888 x4022 or visit www.theemarc.org.

Preschool Screenings 2013-14
5 Mondays; September 30; November 25; January 27; March 31; May 19 The Medford Public Schools Preschool Screenings is an opportunity to have your child’s development assessed by the Medford Early Education staff. Results will be discussed with parents on the day of the screening and recommendations will be provided. Please contact Suzanne MacEachern at (781) 393-2381.

MEEP (Medford Early Education Program) - Still have openings for 3-4 Year Olds!
An integrated preschool experience for children with and without disabilities. If interested, please contact Suzanne MacEachern at(781) 393-2381 or via email at smaceachern@medford.k12.ma.us

Onetoughjob.org—An Online Resource for Real-Live Parents
The Children’s Trust Fund has created an “Award-winning parenting website” OneToughJob.org to give parents immediate access to current, reliable and practical information about parenting and child development. For more information, contact Rayna Charles, Parenting Website Coordinator, at (617) 502-8753 or rayna.charles@state.ma.us

Knucklebones—for the love of play!
Inspires athletics for all ages...for the love of play! For more information or to register for any upcoming programs, please visit www.kuncklebones.us or call (617) 851-2928.

Bestsellers Café Coffeehouse—Sing-A-Longs with Matt Heaton
4 Wednesdays; September 18; October 23; November 20; December 11; 10:00 am
Matt Heaton is best known for his traditional Irish guitar playing, but he leads a funtabulous sing-a-long, too! Join Matt for songs, both silly and sublime, as he performs for the under 3-foot crowd—and the ones who love them! For more information about Matt, visit www.mattandshannonheaton.com

Babes in the Woods—Children of all ages are welcome!
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Tuesdays and Saturdays; 10:00—11:30 am
Tuesdays: Babes Classic and Saturdays: Family Babes: These hikes through the Fells are not suitable for strollers. Contact the Friends of the Middlesex Fells for more information by calling (781) 662-2340 or visit www.fells.org.

Sharewood Clinic—FREE Health Services
Tuesdays; 6:30—9:00 pm; First Church in Malden
Sharewood is a free health care organization with available services in diagnosis, treatment, and referrals; pregnancy testing; blood pressure screening; diabetes evaluation; and more. For more information, call (781) 324-8991 or visit www.sharewood.tufts.edu

Local Food Pantries in Medford
Unitarian Universalist Church, 147 High Street, Medford (781) 396-4549 #5, Thursdays; 6:00 to 7:30 pm Saint Francis Food Pantry, 441 Fellsway West, Medford (781) 396-3400, Thursdays; 3:00 to 4:30 pm Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline (800) 645-8333 Shiloh Baptist Church, Corner of Holton and Bower St, Medford (781) 483-8850; 2nd Tuesday; 6-7 pm; 3rd Saturday; 10-11 am First Evangelistic Church of Holiness, 55 Otis Street, Medford (781) 391-1443; Last Saturday of Each Month; 2:30-4:30 pm

Mobile Food Market Offered by North Suburban WIC Program/Hallmark Health System and in part with the Greater Boston Food Bank
Saturday, September 14; 1:00—2:00 pm; 239 Commercial Street, Malden
Pre-registration is required. Please call (781) 338-7568. Please bring a grocery cart or reusable shopping bag to transport food home. Donations will consist of fresh produce, meat and dairy products.

Mothers Helping Mothers Sponsored by North Suburban Family Network WIC and The Family Assistance Programs
If you, your family or friends are in need of clothing, please call (781) 338-7579 to set up an appointment to stop by the free clothing store. Store items include gently-used baby and children’s clothing (size newborn to 8), baby essentials such as baths , swings, blankets, strollers, bassinets. 5 Medford Family Network * 489 Winthrop Street * Medford, MA 02155 * (781) 393-2106 * www.medford.k12.ma.us

Join MFN with Special Events in the Community
Call the Medford Family Network at (781) 393-2106

Yoki’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Monday, September 23, 2013
9:00 am—3:00 pm Sagamore Spring Golf Club, 1287 Main Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940

Join Mayor McGlynn and the Medford Family Network at Yoki’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament! All proceeds will benefit the MFN. Come play the “scramble” format! Spots are limited to 120 players.
To register, visit www.yokirestaurant.com or call Nick Tran at (781) 606-2527 or Phong Nguyen at (781) 502-8836.

Farmers Market!
Thursdays; September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17 3:00 pm—7:00 pm Location: Medford Square Come on down and reap the benefits of the local fall harvest. Vendors include: produce, fresh breads, baked goods, wine, jewelry, free range meat, coffee and much more! Visit www.medfordfarmersmarket.org

11th Annual Community Day at Tufts University!
Co-sponsored with the cities of Medford and Somerville
Sunday, September 29 [Rain or Shine] Location: Academic Quad at 11:00 am—3:00 pm Medford and Somerville Campus Come Visit the MFN and FMFN Tables on the green at the top of the hill! Music & Dance Performances! Community Resources! Arts! Learning Across Tufts! Education and entertainment for all ages! All events, including lunch, are FREE. Free parking in garage at 419 Boston Avenue, Medford. For more information, visit: http://cday.tufts.edu

Harvest Your Energy Festival
Saturday, October 26 Location: Wind Turbine at McGlynn School Come for some fun, education, music, and more! Rain location: McGlynn School Building Cafeteria. For more details, please visit http://Medford.org/harvestyourenergy 11:00 am—2:00 pm

Sponsored by MassEnergy Consumers Alliance

3rd Annual Mystic River Celebration - Join the MFN for Gross Motor Play, and Kite Making!
Saturday, October 5 [Rain Date: Sunday, October 6] 12:00 pm—4:00 pm Location: Condon Shell/Rt.16

Hosted by the Arts Across Medford
Live Music! Local Food! Artisan Crafts! Art Exhibits! Interactive Art Installations! Crafts for Kids! Parking is available at the Condon Shell and along Winthrop Street. Consider walking or riding your bike to the event. Visit www.Medfordfestival.org

Halloween Business Trick or Treat
Friday, October 25 3:00 pm—5:00 pm Location: Medford Square

Hosted by the Medford Chamber of Commerce
Calling all ghosts and ghouls! Show off your costumes as you trick or treat at local businesses throughout Medford Square, West Medford Square and Haines Square. Visit the MFN table outside of Bestsellers Café for some special treats in Medford Square.

FREE Event for All Ages! Presented by CACHE (Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy) Thursday, September 19, 2013; 3:00—7:00 pm Medford Square International Family Festival International Displays by MFN—Outside City Hall International Performances—On the steps of City Hall Story Walk with the MFN!—“Handa’s Surprise” by Eileen Brown at 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm @ Citizens Bank Haines Square Fall Festival—Live music, children’s activities, painters and crafts! Medford Historical Society—Group walks with Mayor McGlynn at 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm! Medford Saves—Discount program that saves card-holders over $2000 at 50 local business for $15.00 For detailed information, visit www.circlethesquare.org
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Circle the Square

Help Me Grow Program - Ages & Stages
The Screening Questionnaire
Using the Ages and Stages questionnaires, parents are able to monitor their child’s growth and development - cognitively, physically, emotionally, and socially. Participating in the program allows a parent to be an active participant in his/her child’s development. Working together, we will be able to provide the most effective learning and resources to ensure your child has every opportunity for optimal growth and development. Call (781) 393-2106 for more information and/or an appointment today.

Parent Leadership Opportunities
Medford Family Network Advisory Board (MFN)
Become a Member of the Medford Family Network Advisory Board! We are seeking new Board Members who are welcome to join at any time. Current committees are... Marketing/Public Relations Committee
To focus on all communication, including brochures, press, newsletters and social media to ensure that MFN information is available in a variety of formats to all families.

Can You Help Us Grow?
The Pilot Program
We will be offering a pilot group to serve as a basis for a new Ages and Stages inspired play and learn group. We are seeking 10 families with children between the ages of birth and 5 to participate in a semi-structured setting that utilizes the learning activities of the Ages & Stages program. We would like to implement the pilot group in January 2014 and follow up with a full series in the Spring. Please call (781) 393-2106 if you are interested.

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

For more information, please contact Marie Cassidy, Family Support Coordinator at (781) 393-2106 or mcassidy@medford.k12.ma.us.

Medford Public Schools Early Childhood Office (781) 393-2102 The Early Childhood Office is a local point of entry to find out information about quality early education and care. The office can assist placing eligible families on the Department of Early Education and Care centralized wait list for child care—infant, toddler, preschool, and school age.

Friends of the Medford Family Network Board (FMFN)
The FMFN is a nonprofit corporation comprised of MFN parents who promote, support, and assist in raising funds for MFN programs. We are currently looking for interested individuals to serve on the Board for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 2013 to June 2014)! If you would like to get involved, at any time, please contact Debbie Steiner Hayes, President, at (781) 395-8624 or email at debbie@medfordfamilies.org

The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) (781) 393-2102 PCHP is a home-based early literacy and school readiness program that prepares children to succeed in school. The parent and child enroll when the child is approximately 2 years of age, an important time for early language development. The family continues in the program for two years. Trained Home Visitors come to a home for a halfhour visit twice a week. Selected toys and books are used so that parents can be effective teachers. The PCHP is a free program for families that meet certain eligibility guidelines. For additional information or to make a referral, please contact the Coordinator, Donna Foti-Scovell, at 781-393-2122 or email dscovell@medford.k12.ma.us

Medford Family Resource Coalition Council (MFRC)
The Council is an early childhood governing body. The next meeting is Thursday, September 26, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the MFN Family Center (includes dinner, child care and transportation options).

School Readiness and Early Childhood Curriculum Committee (SRECCC)
Seeking PreK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 parents. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 7 at 3:15 pm at the MFN Family Center.

For more information on the MFRC or the SRECCC, please contact Shelley Gross, Early Childhood/Afterschool Director at (781) 393-2211 or sgross@medford.k12.ma.us

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What is the Medford Family Network (MFN)? The Medford Family Network of the Medford Public Schools is a universal (everyone welcome) parenting education and family support program focusing on the positive impact on the developmental process of children prenatal to age 13, and 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; discussion groups; age-specific play and learn groups; new moms groups; home visitation; family events; a lending library; a family resource/drop-in center; information and referral services; family literacy initiatives; and individual consultation. There are programs for dads, grandparents, single parents, parents who speak languages other than English; working parents; at-home parents; and more. Programs are held at a variety of sites around the city – weekdays, evenings and weekends. Many activities are co-sponsored with other family-serving agencies. Parent advisory, governing and leadership roles are available and encouraged. Funding for the MFN is through the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant, the Children’s Trust Fund, the Friends of the Medford Family Network Corp., and the generous donations from our families and friends. Information & Referral Services If you have questions or concerns about your child(ren), family, or want to know about community resources, you can always call on the Medford Family Network. Our role is to listen and help you find the information you need. Stop by the MFN Family Center at the Medford High School or call us at (781) 393-2106. We can make appointments to meet with you at the Center, in another location, or just take some time to talk on the phone. Please let us know what is important for the healthy growth and development of you and your family. We are here to make a difference... and you are the one who can make that happen! FY14 CFCE (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement) Grant Priorities: These priorities are to: reach and meet the needs of children, especially those with multiple risk factors and/or are hard to reach, through universal and targeted outreach strategies; provide families with access to comprehensive services; provide evidence-based early literacy and family literacy opportunities; and provide families with support for continuity through early childhood transitions. FY14 CTF (Children’s Trust Fund) Grant Priorities: The grant priorities are based on the five protective factors that are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach: parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, social and emotional competence of children. MFN incorporates all of these factors into its programming throughout the year in a variety of methods and activities.

A FRIEND TO KNOW…A PLACE TO GROW!
MEDFORD FAMILY NETWORK MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL 489 WINTHROP STREET MEDFORD, MA 02155
Services include…. Ages & Stages Screening Brain Building in Progress Citywide Family Events E.S.O.L. (English of
Speakers of Other Languages)

Family Center Financial Literacy Information & Referral Parenting Workshops Play & Learn Groups
Medford Family Network is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant, the Children’s Trust Fund, the Friends of the Medford Family Network, Corp., and the generous donations from our families and friends.

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