Bourne For Children
October 2021


Fall Literacy Programs

Welcome back to in-person story times!! At this time all of our programs are full with the exception of Babies and Books. If you have a child birth-walking please join in the fun on Mondays at 9:30am, registration is required! You are welcome to join the waitlist of the toddler and preschool groups and if a space opens up you will be contacted. If you have registered and no longer can make it, please let the library know so that someone can take your spot!

Bourne For Children Council Meeting

The next Bourne For Children Council Meeting will be on October 21, 2021 from 5:30-6:30 pm. This meeting will be hosted by Marua Dankert. For additional details or to get the Zoom link, email Maura at:

Miss Jayne's Virtual
Story Times

Can't make it in for a group story time?? Check out Miss Jayne's virtual story times here! There are 13 short story times available to watch on YouTube so please watch and re-watch them!

Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

If you have ever had concerns about your child’s development, or you are just interested in getting a better idea on how your child is developing, you are not alone. With few in person programs over this last year you may be wondering just how your child is doing. The ASQ can help!

The ASQ is a questionnaire designed to be used with children from one month to 5 ½ years old and focuses on 5 areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal/Social. You’ll answer questions with “yes”, “sometimes”, or “not yet”. The ASQ should only take 10-15 minutes for you to fill out.

We support you in your parenting journey and we know that you are your child’s stongest advocate and first teacher! We look forward to working together to ensure that your child is off to the best possible start!
Click the link here to go directly to the ASQ.
For additional information contact Maura at
Recipe Corner
Make "No Knead" Bread at home!
This is a great recipe to get started making bread at home with your children. No kitchen stand mixer required! A few ingredients, your hands and some time and you will have delicious, warm bread on the table!
Click here to get the recipe.
Parenting Tips and Information

Six Ways to Deal with Parental Burnout
"As parents, we often put our needs at the bottom of a never-ending to-do list. But burnout creeps up when we stop checking in with ourselves. We say, “I’m fine!” until suddenly we’re not." Read the rest of the article here.
Resources For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

If you are a grandparent raising a grandchild on Cape Cod you are not alone! Local support groups and statewide resources are available. Check out these resources:

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Zero to Three is a great resource for parents and caregivers. They are a non- profit organization that plays a key role in ensuring babies and toddlers get a strong start in life. Strong connections build strong brains! Learn more here.

One Tough Job connects parents in Massachusetts and beyond with the latest and greatest parenting information, ideas, and on-the-ground resources. We also provide a bridge to help you find other moms and dads who have asked the same questions and faced similar challenges. To learn more about what they have to offer, visit there website here.
PHP's mission is helping parents to nurture children and build strong families. They offer a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL parental stress line. You can call them 24/7 at 1.800.632.8188 or checkout their website here.

The resource center offers evidence-based parent education programs, parent support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources and education for families from every community on Cape Cod. They offer lots of wonderful programs for parents, caregivers, teens and children. The resource center is located in Hyannis. Contact them at (508) 815-5100. To view the Monthly Calendar of Events visit their Facebook page here.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The DPH continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other Federal agencies and our local Boards of Health to share the most up to date information available. The DPH website is updated continuously with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages at
Information about coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website, by calling 2-1-1 or visiting where you are able to live chat. The CDC Coronvirus (Covid-19) website is here.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify. Contact WIC at (800) 942-1007. Or check out their website.

Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information website has great information on defending against identity theft and getting your free credit report. Click here to learn more!

Check out this link to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for some great information on car seats. How to choose the right one for your child and your car! Learn more here>>

First Steps Together is a free, grant-funded program that is offered to families living on Cape Cod. It's a peer coaching and parenting support program for moms recovering from opioid dependence.
You may qualify if: You are pregnant or a mom of at least one child under 5 (even if they don't live with you) AND you have used opioids. Contact Christine Russell at 508-240-3310 or email:
Additional information can be found on their website:

The Housing Assistance program located in Hyannis, helps low and mid income level households secure housing on Cape Cod and the Islands. They also offer many free educational programs to the community. Check out their offerings here>>. Programs include workshops for First Time Home Buyers as well as seminars to help you set financial goals.

Bourne For Children is Bourne's CFCE (Coordinated Family and Community Engagement) grant through the Department of Early Education and Care. We offer education and support programs for parents with children from birth to age 8. In an effort to create a strong foundation for children, families and our community, we offer workshops, parenting classes, play and learn groups, kindergarten transition programs and community events. All of our programs and services are free.

Bourne For Children is funded by Bourne's Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) grant. We provide FREE education and support programs for families with children from birth to school age.
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