Celebrating Black History Month 2021
The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
Boston Public Library: Reading Lists and Book Discussions
The "Black Is..." booklist celebrates new and notable titles about the African American experience for 2021.

Join virtual book reading and discussion events throughout February to engage with Black authors.
Justice 4 All: A Celebration of the Contributions of Black America Series
Every Thursday evening, Justice 4 All will hold virtual conversations celebrating the incredible contributions made to this country's growth and development by African Americans in spite of the brutality, oppression and injustices suffered. Send an email here to RSVP.
Boston Parks: Learn about the Stories Behind the Names of your Favorite Parks
Curious about how your neighborhood park got its name? Learn more about the incredible legacy that Black figures like Tubman, Ramsay, Gourdin, and Jones left behind.
Boston Globe: Black History Month Film Festival
The Boston Globe honors films and filmmakers documenting the Black experience and the continued plight of systemic racism in the United States. Stream films throughout the month of February and discuss newly-released films alongside time-honored classics.
Village Voices
Network members' voices bring good news and share highlights from
around our community.
Unsung Hero Awardees 2020
We recognized and celebrated five outstanding, community-nominated, Unsung Hero Awardees at our January Network Connection Meeting. These Unsung Heroes have extended themselves beyond expectation in their community or organization as a leader in maximizing child health and well-being. We admire the way that they continually uplift their communities.
Desi Hartman- Unsung Hero Awardee 2020
"Our Village is full of unsung heroes. Day in and day out, this community shows up for each other because of our deep connection and care for each other and our children. To join a lineage of leaders in the network who've received this award, it is one of my greatest honors."
Haneefah Smith- Servant Leadership Award
"This award means so much to me especially coming from an organization that I believe in. Vital Village Network has put me in a space of knowing my vital signs! So, that I can guide you on knowing your vital signs! I truly believe together we can restore, rebuild, and heal our people one mediation at a time by knowing our Vital signs together!"
Altorice Frazier- National Partnership and Collaborative Leadership Award
"It Takes A Village of Parents Engaging Parents to create our Beloved Community. #tablebuilders #buildourown
Love for Community and the Gifts we are willing to share will create our Beloved Community. #skillsandtalentcanbelearned #willandskill"
Marisa Luse- Excellence in Mentorship Award
"For me, it is the highest honor to be recognized by the very village that mentored and guided me as a community champion. I will continued to pay it forward as a practice and principle, and foster pathways for others to do the same. I would like to dedicate this award in memory of my grandfather Thomas Alphonso Hutchison."
Myrca Augustine- Innovation Award
"It means the world to me to be recognized for helping out in my community, I normally do work in the background and take credit. I love helping others and giving back. My Mom always said helping others is always the right thing to do."
Network Events
Connect with Vital Village Network at these upcoming events. Click
event to RSVP or learn more.
Save the date for our February Network Connection Meeting: Families Making Real Connections in a Virtual World on February 12th at 12pm. Join our partners, Boston Public Library Neighborhood Children's Librarians and Boston Saves for family-friendly child enrichment activities while engaging in adult discussions on ways to continue connecting our families and partners during the pandemic and beyond.
February 23rd, 6pm-7:30pm

February 24th, 5pm- 7:30pm

Every Thursday at 3:30pm

March 4th, 12pm-1pm
Community Events
Join Vital Village Network partners and other community organizations at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more.
Check out more community events on our Website and Facebook.
Check out job, volunteer, and grant opportunities available in our
We have a new opportunities page! Please click the button below for a full list of job, volunteer, and grant opportunities with descriptions and links.
Resource Connector
Learn more about resources relevant to children and families in our community from our community.
VVN Wellness Bank Resource Guide
The Wellness Idea Bank is a comprehensive and community-driven guide for those in the Greater Boston Area that helps collect events, ideas, and resources for supporting wellness and social connections. Please check out the new February edition of our community-created Resource Guide, tailored to and focused on relevant and time-sensitive resources for residents of the Greater Boston Area.
Connections and Healing
Massachusetts's National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Peer Support and Education means getting information and support from another person who has been diagnosed with a mental health condition, received mental health services, or has had experiences that are typically labeled as mental health symptoms. Participating in peer support and education can be an important part of managing your wellness, and help you find comfort and community with people who have shared a similar journey. 
Youth Resources
Youth Engagement - Recovery Services CopeCode Challenge encourages youth to incorporate healthy and productive coping skills into their daily routine while alone at home or virtually with friends.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers prepared information about common questions and answers, tips for vaccine talks, and informational videos. Information soon to be available in Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Scoop on the Stats
Explore data related to early childhood education and network initiatives!
New Podcast Episode: "Using Data to Effect Change"
Our Vital Village staff and community leaders were recently guests on a new podcast series! Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) is an initiative of the Health Federation of Philadelphia that supports cross-sector, community networks using the science of ACEs and trauma to build a just, healthy and resilient world.
Learn About Licensed Early Education and Care Providers by Program Type and Capacity in MA
This map shows the licensed Early Education and Care (EEC) providers in 2020 and their program types and capacity.

Quick Facts:
  • The highest percentages of Family Child Care (FCC) providers appear in the neighborhoods of Dorchester (82.5%), Hyde Park (85%), and Roxbury (81.8%) in Boston.

  • Compared to the 0-5 capacity, the center-based preschool program capacity appears relatively high in the neighborhoods of Allston/Brighton (74%), West Roxbury (71.6%), and Charlestown (64.2%). The city's average is 55%. 
Learn about the History of Early Childhood Education Licensing in Boston
This map shows the change of Early Childhood Education (ECE) care providers by license issued year from 1980 to 2020.
Sharing Technology
Explore technology related to child and family well-being.
The Abundance App 3.0.1 is now available on iOS and Android devices, as well as on desktops. Abundance empowers Boston residents to easily access affordable, high-quality food resources. Download the FREE app today!
CONtexts aims to promote positive outcomes between caregivers and children by sharing weekly resources through a FREE text service and interactive resource sharing map. These resources are ideal for anyone working with or caregivers of children ages 0-5.

To subscribe, text KIDS to 8-8-5-8-8
Once you're subscribed you will receive 3 weekly FREE text messages:
  • Monday: Nearby community resources
  • Wednesday: Wellness tips
  • Friday: Family-fun events
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