Free Fall Parent Workshops
To attend any parent education program, email: lmatthews@jri.org
Understanding Threenagers
Thursday, September 29, 7:00 pm
Presented by Ellie Springer, M.Ed.
Often, around 2 1/2-3, children's behavior becomes newly challenging and parents may wonder, "Who is this child?" Three year olds begin to fiercely assert their independence, while at other times cling to adults and want help with tasks they have been able to do on their own for months. They can have BIG emotions that change all the time, shifting from gleeful to devastated to furious within minutes. If your child is in or approaching this age range, come learn about this stage of development and what is going on with your child, as well as some ways of managing their behavior. Email to receive the connecting link.
Motor Development in Ages 0-12 Months
Wednesday, October 19, 10-11:00
Presented by Melissa Campbell, DPT
Supervisor of Pediatric Rehabilitation, Emerson Hospital
Join Dr. Campbell for a virtual presentation, with time for questions, focused on the motor development of babies during the first year of life. She has special interest in pediatric developmental coordination delay, gross motor delay, toe walking, autism, and cerebral palsy. Email us to receive the connecting link!
Healthy Sleep for Infants (& Parents!)
Presented by Mary Beilman of Baby Connections
We will discuss realistic expectations and how to support your baby's sleep - and yours too. Learn about what is developmentally appropriate for sleep by age. Be prepared for when and why baby's sleep may change.
Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 pm

Healthy Sleep for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Presented by Emma Jackson of Your Healthy Dreamer Pediatric Sleep Consulting
Learn about how to improve or maximize healthy sleep habits for your toddlers and preschool aged children, including how to manage the upcoming end of Daylight Saving Time with confidence and ease.
Wednesday, October 12, 8:00 pm
Email to register for either virtual program
Choosing a Preschool
or Child Care for your Family
Thursday, December 8, 7:00 pm
Presented by Ellie Springer, M.Ed.
If you are planning to enroll your child in preschool 2023, or are looking for child care, you may have questions about how to find a program that will be a good fit for you and for your child. In this virtual meeting, we will discuss what options are available in the area, and what questions to ask schools when visiting. Handouts and an up-to-date listing of local schools and licensed child care providers will be provided. Ellie's teaching degree is in Early Childhood Education, and she has worked in numerous types of preschools. Email to receive the link.
Fall Storywalks
September 17-25
The Boy Who Grew Flowers is a story geared toward ages 5 & up. It tells the story of Rink, a shy boy who has a unique talent, and a classmate, Angelina, who has one leg shorter than the other. The kindness they show each other makes both their lives happier. The author has a brother on the autism spectrum, and she teaches art to people who happen to have a disability. While you're there, come inside to visit the FREE interactive family-friendly exhibit for Barefoot Books' 30th Anniversary!
Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St, Concord
The Boy Who Grew Flowers is also a play! It will be presented by Treehouse Shakers, one of New York's only theater and dance companies creating original works for young audiences, at The Umbrella Stage from September 22-24.
October 8-14
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by taking a walk while reading Fry Bread, about a modern Native American family written by a member of the Seminole Nation. This multiple-award-winning book depicts generations of family and friends sharing their culture and traditional meals together. Take home the fry bread recipe and background historical information for parents.
GPS address: 22 Bedford Road
Gleason Library, Carlisle
November 5-13
Celebrate Family Stories Month with Under My Hijab, about a young girl who who sees the 6 women in her life wear their hijabs in unique ways. The book honors the diverse lives of contemporary Muslim women and girls, and highlights their love of each other and pride in their culture. GPS address: 138 Winter Street
Assabet River Rail Trail, Maynard
Fall Playgroup Schedule
Research shows that unstructured, self-directed play is essential for little ones' healthy development. Time spent playing make-believe actually helps children develop a critical cognitive skill - executive functioning, which includes self-regulation, a critical skill for school. (Full article here)

To register for any playgroup or storytime listed below,
please email lmatthews@jri.org. If this is the first time you are registering, please let us know what town you live in. We appreciate your respecting the minimum and maximum ages for groups

New! Working Parent Playgroup
For children aged 12-36 months and their working parents 
Saturdays 9:30-10:30am, September 17- November 12, except Oct. 1 and Oct. 29
First Connections Office, 179 Great Rd., Acton 
In this group, parents will have the opportunity to connect with other working parents, to talk about challenges of balancing parenthood and work, and to learn about resources in the community for them and their children. Much of the group time will be free play for the children, where they can explore age-appropriate toys and simple activities, interact with other children and investigate new toys and activities. Each meeting will end with a circle time with songs and a book. This group will be facilitated by Rachael Morris, First Connections volunteer, Concord Public Schools elementary school teacher, and experienced working parent. 
Masks required for adults, subject to change during the session. Younger siblings in carriers welcome. Group limited to 10 families or 20 people. One or both parents are welcome. Please let us know when registering who will be attending, so we can get an accurate count. 

2-year-olds Gross Motor Playgroup 
For children aged 24-36 months on 9/12/22
Mondays 10:00-11:00, September 12-December 12 (except October 10 and 24)
Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main St., Westford
This group will meet on a fenced-in playground while the weather is nice, and inside a classroom when it is raining and/or cold. Children will have a chance to explore the climbing structures, play with balls, and dig in the sand. Each week we will also have other activities designed to foster toddlers' gross motor development, as well as their social skills, confidence in taking appropriate risks, fine motor and language development. We will end each group with a circle time with songs and a book.
Infant siblings in carriers welcome.

Hanscom Little Learners Playgroup
For children aged 6 months through 5 years in families living on or with access to Hanscom Air Force Base 
Tuesdays 10:00-11:00, November 1-December 13
Youth Center Gym, 98 Marrett Street, Bldg. 1993
This group will provide opportunities for children to play with peers, learn or practice new skills, and explore different toys. Caregivers will have the chance to play with their children and to connect with other families on the base. Each group will include a circle time with songs and a book. Come see old friends and meet new ones!
Infant siblings in carriers welcome.

Literacy Playgroup
For children aged 2-4
Wednesdays 10:00-11:00, September 14-December 14 (except Oct 26)
Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Mass. Ave., Boxborough
In this group, we will focus on fostering a love of reading and books and on pre-reading skills like phonological (sound) awareness, awareness of print, and listening comprehension. Each week, families will get to borrow a bag of books to read together at home, and caregivers will receive tips on supporting their children's language development and pre-reading skills. Each week we will have a circle time with songs and a book, of course! We will meet outdoors while the weather allows, moving into the library's meeting room when it gets cold or is raining. Younger siblings welcome.

Nature Playgroup
For children aged 3-6
Wednesdays 1:30p-2:30p, September 14-November 16 (except October 26)
Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, Maynard entrance (65 Old Marlboro Rd)
​​In this group, we will​ explore the trails of the ARNWR, especially the wetland areas close to the Maynard entrance, and see what wildlife we can find. We will observe the changes in the natural world as we transition from summer to fall. We will read a book each week, but we will not always have the circle time we have in other playgroups.
Younger siblings in carriers or who can walk confidently in the woods welcome.

Preschool Social-Emotional Playgroup
For children aged 3-5
Thursdays 10:00-11:00, September 15-December 15 (except November 24)
First Connections office, 179 Great Rd., Acton
This group will meet indoors for the entire session, with masks required for everyone age 3 and up at the start, subject to change during the session. Social and emotional skills like identifying and beginning to manage feelings, waiting for a turn, recognizing others' feelings, and working with someone else to reach a goal are some of the most important skills for children to acquire in order to be successful in school and in life. In this group, we will work on these skills in fun ways, through play. We will also have a circle time each week with songs and books that will give us opportunities for conversation.
Group limited to 10 families. Younger siblings welcome, with the understanding that we will be playing with small parts that could pose a choking hazard to infants or toddlers.

1-year-olds Gross Motor Playgroup
For children aged 12-24 months on 9/12/22
Fridays 10:00-11:00, September 15-December 15 (except October 21 and November 25)
Village Nursery School, 40 Poor Farm Rd., Harvard
This group will meet on a fenced-in, grassy, toddler playground while the weather is nice, moving into a classroom when it is rainy or too cold. Children will have opportunities to run, play with balls, dig in the sand, and play with different toys each week to support their motor, language, and social development. Each group will have a circle time with songs and a book. Infant siblings in carriers welcome.
Mandarin Story Times
with Jasmine

Offered with special funding from the Concord Carlisle Community Chest Cornerstone Initiative Innovation grant.

Indoor Mandarin Story Times for Ages 2-5
Held at Fowler Library, West Concord
Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15, September 14-December 14 (except 11/23)
Children with a parent or caregiver are welcome to join us for this program of read aloud stories, introduction to Chinese characters, and language exercises. Jasmine Wang is a seasoned children's Mandarin language instructor and dynamic story teller. This is a Mandarin immersion experience. Siblings outside the 2-5 age group are welcome. Masks policy will follow host facility (currently mask optional).

Saturday Morning Virtual Mandarin Story Times for Ages 2-5
Held 9:00-9:30 via Zoom, September 10-December 17
Ms. Jasmine's popular program includes read aloud stories, language facial exercises, introduction to Chinese characters and pronunciations, and virtual activities. Jasmine Wang graduated from Communication University of China with a Master's Degree in Language Arts and a Certification of Mandarin Grade A. She has 4 years of experience teaching Mandarin, specializing in teaching vocalization, speech, recitation, and debate. This is a Mandarin immersion experience. One-time registration and weekly zoom sign-ins will be used to track attendance.
New Parent Programs - Newborn to 12 Months
New Mothers Group - Every Wednesday, 1:00-2:30
Anyone who identifies as a mother with a pre-crawling baby is welcome to attend this ongoing weekly virtual group facilitated by Early Childhood Educator Lactation Counselor, Infant Massage Teacher and Pediatric Sleep Consultant Mary Beilman. This open discussion group is a forum for you to share experiences and resources, connect with other new mothers, learn about your baby's developmentand seek guidance about any concerns you might have. Currently held virtually, with an in-person meeting on the 1st Wednesday of each month thru RSVP. Email mbeilman@jri.org for the zoom link. Email lmatthews@jri.org to attend the in-person group. This group will NOT meet on October 26, November 23, and December 14.
Meets in person on September 7 at Acton Memorial Library (approval from Rec. Dept. pending)
Meets in person on October 5 at Harvard Public Library.

New Dads Group - Held Monthly on Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00
Our New Dads Group is a peer-led group, facilitated by two experienced dads. This group allows dads to make connections, ask questions, learn about child development, and share their experiences of parenthood. Adjusting to a new identity as a parent along with the changes in relationships with friends, family and partners can sometimes be a challenge. Fathers are welcome to attend with/without babies and continue to attend the group for as long as it is helpful. This group is geared toward fathers with babies 0-12 months. We welcome any person who identifies as a father. Please email hobrien@jri.org before attending to receive the connecting link for this currently-virtual group. Meets September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13. On October 11th, this group will host our guest speaker for Healthy Infant Sleep and will be open to all parents who register for the workshop (see description above).

Older Babies Parent Group - Wednesdays, 10-11:00
This virtual group is for parents whose babies are moving out of the newborn stage, beginning to move independently and eat a wider variety of foods. You may have different questions than parents who are in the "4th trimester." Your baby should be a minimum of 5 months and a maximum of 11 months at the start of this group. Weekly attendance is expected unless you notify us that you are unable to make it in case we have a wait list. This group requires registration for the Fall semester by emailing lmatthews@jri.org. Meets September 14 thru December 7.
Emotional Wellbeing After Baby
Every Thursday, 9:30-11
Emotional challenges are the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, yet parents often feel isolated and ashamed if they are struggling. Parents experiencing anxiety or depression in the postpartum year can come together in this supportive, nonjudgmental, confidential group to share stories and learn from each other while receiving coping strategies and skills. Before participating for the first time, please contact the facilitator, Heather O'Brien, LICSW, so she can send you the connecting zoom link. Our office maintains an extensive list of mental health providers and support groups for postpartum depression and anxiety. For assistance in finding a counselor or a support group that fits your schedule, or to speak with Heather about specific concerns related to postpartum depression or anxiety, email Heather O'Brien
Funding for this group provided by Emerson Health and The Nordblum Family Foundation
Resources for Locating a Mental Health Provider & Support

Fall Community Parent Support & Education
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support
Come share the rewards and challenges of raising your grandchildren. Learn from and support others in similar circumstances. Discover ways to relieve stress. Benefit from the resources available from the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and hear about State agencies which can provide assistance. If you are interested in joining this group, which meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 11-12:00, at 30 Sudbury Road (Acton Senior Center), contact Joe O'Leary at 978-760-0360 or j.j.oleary@comcast.net. For additional statewide resources, workshops, & evening groups, contact colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us, 617-748-2454.or visit GRG Website. Upcoming programs:
Fall Resource Fair will be September 20, 10-12:00, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough
Grandparents, relatives and service providers welcome. Free. Meet with representatives from DTA, WIC, Family Resource Centers, Special Olympics and more. Find out about financial, legal, and family support.
Virtual "Raising a Child with Autism" will be held on October 4.
Virtual "Raising LGBTQ+ Youth" will be held October 18.
Virtual "Two-part Trauma Workshop" will be held October 19 & 26

McLean Hospital Free Webinars for Families this Fall
"Understanding ADHD in Kids & Teens" with Dr. Roberto Olivardia, Sept. 12 at 11:00 Register Here
"Addressing & Preventing Self-Harm in Kids & Teens" with Dr. Michael Hollander, Sept. 22 at 11:00 Register Here
"Navigating Autism thru the Childhood Years" with Laura Mead, MSEd, Nov. 29 at 11:00. Register Here

Discovery Museum Speaker Series Fall Events, held 7:00-8:30 pm Registration Required
"Playgrounds vs Playpens: Coding, Computational Thinking & Robotics in Early Childhood" will be presented by Tufts University Professor Marina Umaschi Bers, Ph.D. She will present an overview of her interdisciplinary DevTech research program by using the metaphor of playgrounds vs plays to understand the role of technology in children's lives. Held virtually on September 22.
"The Art of Storytelling" will be presented by Joseph Sarosy & Silke Rose West, authors of "How to Tell Stories to Children." Held virtually on November 16.

Nutrition Topics for Families presented by Lucy Hutchins, Registered Dietitian (FREE)
"Balancing Behavior & Energy with Healthy Lunches" on September 13
"Healthy Dinner Solutions for the Weeknight Hustle" on October 11
"Strategies for Surviving the Holiday Sugar Rush" on October 18
These topics will be presented through in-person seminars at 30 Sudbury Road, Acton from 6-7:00 p.m. Transportation is available for Acton residents. Register by calling 978-929-6650.

Virtual Parent Groups Held by the Center for Early Relationship Support (FREE)
If you have any questions, email dgardner@jfcsboston.org or Website Information
Fragile Beginnings for parents of babies who've spent time in the NICU, Tuesdays, 12-1:00, Register Here
Parents of Toddlers (1-3 yrs) meets from 1-2:30 on Wednesdays. Register Here

Parents Helping Parents Virtual Support Groups (FREE) Schedule/Sign-up Page
Facilitated virtual groups allow parents to get advice, give feedback, and find resources to help you manage day-to-day parenting challenges. Specialty groups include:
Single Parents Group on Wednesdays, 7-8:00 pm
Parent Connection Group on Mondays, 6-7:00
Lunch & Learn for all Parents on Fridays, 12-1:00
Men's Group on Mondays at 12:00
Families working with the Department of Children & Families, 4 group times

Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group (FREE)
This ongoing monthly group is for those who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy at any stage or infant loss shortly after birth and are looking for support from others with shared experiences. The group is facilitated by an advanced practice nurse with experience supporting families whose pregnancies have ended unexpectedly or whose infants have died. Individuals are encouraged to contact the facilitator, Katie Stockman, NP, at katie@kstockmannp.com, kstockman@emersonhosp.org or 617-299-1533 for the connecting zoom link. September 12, October 10, November 14 and December 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Information
Free & Low-Cost Community Parent & Child Programs
Sudbury Family Network holds their September Spectacular on September 10, 10-12:00
Stop by and see Debbie with our storywalk, Saturday
Family event with music by Wayne Potash, games, bubbles, face painting and tattoos! Held at Camp Sewataro, 1 Liberty Ledge, Sudbury. $10/family SFN members, $20/family non-members. Non-member
tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance at this link.

Community Day at the Discovery Museum is September 10, 9:00-4:30
You're invited to visit the museum with FREE admission—our Thank You to the community—as we celebrate our 40th anniversary! Festivities include classic Discovery Museum activities, a "Discovery Quest" scavenger hunt, and making noisemakers to use in a celebratory parade before our cake-cutting ceremony. Registration on the website is required to visit and can be made 10 days in advance.

Discovery Day Free Music Classes at Concord Conservatory of Music
This nonprofit community music school offers free trial classes for ages 0-7 on September 10, 1-3:00. Family Notes class (0-4 yrs) at 3:00, Music & Movement (3-6 yrs) at 1:30, and Group Keyboard (5-7 yrs) at 2:15 or 3:00. Register here to participate in a class or just drop in to explore the instruments.

Wheels on the Farm Storytime thru Gleason Library, Carlisle
Miss Jen of Clark Farm in Carlisle will host a storytime at the farm, and answer questions about the equipment and tools that farmers use every day. Geared to 3-6 year olds. September 13 or September 17, 10:00. Choose your date from the calendar then register. FREE

Steve Blunt Outdoor Preschool Concert at Westford Library
Join other kids under 5 for a special concert on September 14, 10:30-11:15. This is a drop-in program which will be held inside on the lower level if it rains Located at 50 Main Street in Westford Center. FREE

Concord Library's "Adopt a Reading Pal" Program Celebrates Adopt A Dog Month!
Concord Library has a unique program with activities throughout the month of October. Elementary-age kids can sign up beginning September 19 to "adopt" a reading pal stuffed dog, then bring it to special storytimes and activities, as well as read to your pal 5 times per week. Check registration information here FREE

Free Form Self-Led Exploration for Preschool-age Children at Fowler Library, Concord
Hands-on activities in the backyard available from 4:15-5:00. Held inside with masks when raining.
Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 17, 31, Nov. 7, 21, 28, Dec. 5, 19.
Saturday Studio for ages 5 & under will also provide hands-on activities in the backyard, along with stories and crafting. Held indoors with mask if rain. September 10-December 31 (except 10/15).
All activities held on a drop-in basis at 1322 Main Street, West Concord.

Monthly Creative Drama Workshop for Kids Age 6-8 at Concord Library
Little Spark Theater Class will use kids' senses, feelings, movement and imagination to build confidence, social awareness, empathy and problem solving skills through drama. Meets 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/28. Register here. Meets at the Main Library, 129 Main Street from 2-2:45. FREE

Diwali Fest at Boxborough Library - October 15 - Free family event from 12-4:30
Student-led, inclusive, community building Diwali Festival held on the library lawn (rain date 10/16). Activities include music, dance, henna, Indian food, Rangoli contest, Diya decorating and crafts. Everyone welcome. Any profits donated to Asha for Education, a nonprofit working towards providing access to education for underprivileged children in India. Library Website Info Facebook Info

Who's Watching You? Owls of the World at Gleason Library, Carlisle
This program will be held on the library lawn from 3:30-4:15 on November 10. Register on the library calendar beginning October 10th. Registration Link FREE

Live Online Gingerbread House Workshop thru Gleason Library, Carlisle
Register for one house kit per family, then zoom in on December 9, 4:30-5:30 or 6:00-7:00 for directions. Choose your time from the calendar then register beginning November 9. FREE

All-Access Discovery Museum Free Visits for Families with a child with special needs.
Registration Required for All-Access visits as space is limited. Dinner is provided at evening programs with a gluten-free option. Fall schedule:
Autism-Friendly Evenings - September 24, November 12 & December 10, 5-8:00 p.m.
Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants & Toddlers, or Infants & Toddlers of Deaf Adults will meet on October 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Families with a Child with a Disability is for any family who can benefit from a limited capacity visit - October 22, 5-8:00 p.m.
Resources in the Community
Moments, Milestones & More:
A Baby & Parent Program
A nearby CFCE is offering a FREE early evening program for parents & babies to connect, support and understand their babies age 0-18 months. Registration begins September 7. Each week will address a different area of baby development with time to ask questions, share a story and song. Bring a blanket and toys for baby. Meets in the large meeting room at Leominster Library, 30 West Street. Facilitated by our own Mary Beilman.
Register for each date on the Library Calendar.
Sept. 14: Sleep & Soothing Sept. 21: Motor & Movement
Sept. 28: Feeding & Fine Motor
Oct. 5: Communication & Connection
Local Childcare Subsidy Grant
American Rescue Plan Act funding is is available on a first-come, first-served basis for income-eligible families to assist them with the cost of childcare up to $3,000 between July 2022 and June 2023 . This program will cover licensed child care for ages 0-13, including after-school programs.

Information for Acton Residents:

978-929-6651
Saturday, August 27, 10:00–3:00
Sunday, August 28, 10:00–3:00
Come shop in Bessie’s Closet—a FREE collection of new and gently used clothing—open to all at the Discovery Museum! Infant through adult sizes for all genders will be available. Admission to the Museum is not required, but also not included.
Saturday, September 17, 9:00-1:00
Infants to elementary age clothing and toys. $2 cash or 1 can of food for pantry donation admission. Held at 180 Westford Rd., Chelmsford. No strollers, please leave kids at home, COVID protocols. 11:00-1:00 items are half price. Kids Tag Sale
Parenting While Raising a Child with Developmental Challenges
Registration is FREE and live Spanish translation is offered at all sessions. A Family-to-Family conversation facilitated by Brazelton Touchpoints Center staff. Webinar Dates & Topics:
9/26: The Whole Child
10/24: The Day We Found Out
11/7: Getting What You & Your Child Need from Professionals.
12/5: Siblings of kids with developmental differences
12/19: The Long View - What will happen to my child when.
This program is will be held at 3:00 p.m. Register for one or more virtual sessions Here

Únase a nosotros para esta serie de padres Latinx mientras creamos una comunidad de padres Latinx de aprendizaje y apoyo mutuo. Este es un programa gratuito! Retenida 3:00-4:30 pm.

Fechas de los seminarios web:
- Lunes, 19 de Septiembre - ¿Qué Significa Ser Latinx y Padre Latinx en el 2022?
- Lunes, 3 de Octubre - Aceptar Nuestra Identidad Latinx y Criar a Nuestros Hijos Para Que Sepan Quiénes Son
- Lunes, 17 de Octubre - Convertirse en Aliados de Nuestros Niños Latinx Que Se Identifican Como LGBTQIA+
- Lunes, 31 de Octubre - Paternidad Latinx: Nuestra Salud y Bienestar Emocional
- Lunes, 14 de Noviembre - Paternidad Latinx: La Salud Emocional y el Bienestar de Nuestros Hijos
- Lunes, 28 de Noviembre - Mirando Hacia el Futuro: Esperanzas y Sueños Para Nuestros Niños Latinx
In-person storytimes do not require pre-registration and are FREE.
Saturday Morning Author Visit Storytimes
at Silver Unicorn Books, 12 Spruce Street, West Acton, 11:00 to 12:00 Noon

September 10: Hurry, Little Tortoise, Time for School!
October 1: Hello Opportunity - The Story of Our Friend on Mars (virtual: register here for a Zoom link
October 15: Bioblitz! Counting Critters & Tree Hole Homes, and Mega-Predators of the Past (3 books,2 authors!)
October 29: The Animal Adventurer's Guide
November 5: Twinkle, Twinkle Winter Night & Show-How Guides (2 books & authors!)
Nov. 12: Love Birds & Whose Nest is Best (2 books & authors!)
Nov. 19: Knight Owl & Phenomenal AOC (2 books & authors!)
December 3: The Great Caper Caper & Super Pizza and Kid Kale (2 books & authors!)
Is my Child a Picky Eater or a Problem Feeder?
live webinar presented by
Lauren Zeitler, MOST, OTR/L
Lauren has extensive experience providing feeding and eating therapy with infants thru teens. This program is presented FREE of charge through Therapro of Framingham, which also has upcoming and archived webinars available on developmental milestones, sleep & sensory processing, self- regulation, apraxia, and social-emotional learning presented by occupational and speech therapists.
Tuesday, September 27, 7-8:30 pm

Is it Behavior or Sensory? Part 1
Presented by certified Sensory Integration specialists December 13, Info Here
If you would like to donate to First Connections' Diaper Pantry, we are most in need of sizes 4, 5, 6 & 7. You can ship to our office, or send a check for us to purchase needed diaper sizes tax-free.
National Diaper Bank Network Facts
  • 27% of Massachusetts children under age 3 qualify for a childcare subsidy. To be eligible, a family of 2 cannot make more than $44,626, family of 3 $55,126, family of 4 $65,626. Think of how far that would stretch with today's rent, gas, and grocery costs having increased this year.
  • Early Head Start provides diapers to children receiving care there, but non-federally-funded daycare does not and the closest Head Starts are in Framingham & Lowell
  • WIC, SNAP, Medicaid, and child care subsidies cannot be used to purchase diapers. TANF can be used for diapers, but also has to pay for rent, heat, electricity, water bills, clothing, transportation and other basic needs. The average cost of diapers is $80/month.
  • Cloth diapers are prohibited from being washed in a public laundromat or in an apartment complex washer.
Thank you to First Parish Church United of Westford for their donation of $445 this summer, which provided 50+ diapers for 22 children.
Local Support for Adoptive Families

Adoption Journeys has a free monthly support group for parents of adopted children that meets on the 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 virtually. They also provide parent-and-child activities, and home-based family sessions. To register for their newsletter or get more information about these programs, contact Kimberly Calvin, kcalvin@cfservices.org.
The Center for Early Relationship Support provides a weekly support group for parents of adopted babies under one year. You can register for this virtual meeting Here or call 617-332-2218.
Boston Post Adoption Resources is currently providing virtual support groups for children aged 8+, adoptive parents, and adult adoptees. Groups are $30-35/session. More Info Here
Federally Unapproved Car Seats
Identified in Massachusetts
The Mass. Dept. of Public Health has raised awareness around a concerning trend. Car seats not meeting Federal safety standards are being sold at affordable prices on Amazon and other on-line retailers. Several have been identified at fitting stations locally. Click here for a helpful flyer to double check your seat for safety standards. To find a car seat inspection location near you, Click here.
Autism 102: What's Next? A Workshop for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children

Families are often unsure what to do upon learning their child or teen has an Asperger/autism diagnosis. Whether handed a report with dozens of recommendations or leaving a clinician’s office with none, this workshop will give you tools and ideas for a path forward. Topics include crafting a vision for your child and your family to help with decision making, figuring out the “right” services, getting started with educational advocacy, public supports, respite, and more. This presentation builds on information presented in AANE’s AS101 workshop describing the Asperger/autism profile; participants can take the workshops as standalone or in either order. FREE. Held virtually September 29, 7-9:00 p.m. Register Here.
Other Topics this Fall: Autism & the IEP-October 17, Virtual Autism Conference-November 5