Village Voices 
Network members' voices bring good news and share highlights from around our community.  

Vital Village February Blog 
Our Network Coordinator, Yusuf Ali, reflects on Black History Month and the Network's history of collaboration. Read the entire blog,  Black History Month: A Time to Continue Supporting, Loving and Collaborating with Each Other on our website.

Villager Featured in WBUR Article
In a recent WBUR article, Linda Brennan, Network member and a Boston Breastfeeding Coalition Peer Counselor, shared how affordable museum entry is helping foster excitement for science and art in her daughter. Read on to see how the EBT Card to Culture program is working towards universal participation from all Boston families.

ROSE Community Transformers Training 
The Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) team joined us in Boston once again to host a Community Transformer training for the 3rd year in a row. 17 community members completed the training, joining the 35 other Breastfeeding Coalition members who are certified ROSE transformers. The participants will now begin to provide peer support at our local support groups


Network Events
Connect with Vital Village Network at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more. 

5:30-6:00pmNew! Network Meet-Up, an intentional space for relationship building & networking
6:00-8:00pm Join Vital Village & co-hosts for a conversation about parent power! We're excited to bring back our parent panel, and also try something new with a fashion show, hosted by Dress for Success Boston. 

5:30-8:00pm  Join the SJMP community for an evening of connection, reflection, and brainstorming as we look forward to the rest of 2019. Alumni and new members welcome!

Email our Network Coordinator, Yusuf Ali at!
Community Events
Join Vital Village Network partners and other community organizations at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more.

10am-2pm @ Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St.
For the 23rd year in a row, immigrants, refugees, and allies are making their voices heard at the State House. Join in this year to fill the halls with new Americans and allies ready to share their stories and tell legislators why 2019-2020 is such a crucial session!

March 9:  Educator Wellness Day 
10am-2:30pm @ Boston Teachers Union, 180 Mt. Vernon St. 
Join Boston Teachers Union for a day of relaxation,  healing ,  and a celebration of self-care in  education! Choose from a variety of workshops from yoga to calligraphy, hear from an educator panel, and take part in a resilience-themed resource fair. Educators from all schools welcome,  register today!
March 21:  Youth Justice League Presents: Open Mic Night
6:00pm @ Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva Ave.
Come celebrate the last session of a six week series "Youth Justice Presents..." with pizza and an open mic night! Hosted by Dzidzor Azaglo; come share your latest lyrics or poems and meet representatives from local organizations including Year Up, ABCD, Planned Parenthood and more!

March 23:  JP Fixit Clinic
10am-1pm @ Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, 30 South St.
Building resilient communities through conveying troubleshooting skills and celebrating repair, Fixit Clinics are do-it-together, hands-on, fix-n-learn community-based exploration and discovery workshops. So bring your broken, non-functioning things for repair and an opportunity to learn about how it works!  Learn more about the event here.

Check out  more community events on our Website and Facebook
Check out job, volunteer, and grant opportunities available in our community.

Community Engagement Liaison at The Bost on Children's Museum
The Community Engagement Program Liaison is a key member of the Community Engagement Team working directly with the Senior Manager Community Engagement and is responsible for developing and implementing programs that take place inside and outside of the Museum and supporting Museum priorities.

Apply to become the Associate Director of Management with the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs, which seeks to improve the quality of care, minimize complications, and end the preventable deaths of women and newborns through effective implementation of evidence-based, scalable solutions at the front line of care. 

Parent Ambassador at The Boston Children's Museum
The Museum is looking for bilingual Parent Ambassadors to work with families at library branches in East Boston, South Boston, Mattapan, Brookline, Quincy, and Watertown for up to 21hrs/week. Download an application here!

Multiple Positions at Nurtury Boston
Make a positive career move while making a difference in a child's future! Nurtury has been providing high quality child care and education to children and families throughout the city of Boston for over 140 years and is recognized as a leading provider of high-quality early education and care. For job description details, click here.

Professional Development:
March 7 - 9am-12pm @ Northeastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont St.
The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) and Northeastern Crossing are partnering to offer a community-based training on the Boston Data Portal. The training will cover the Boston Data Portal, an online platform where visitors of all experience levels can browse, map, analyze, and download a variety of data describing the people, places, and neighborhoods of Boston.
Resource Connector
Learn more about resources relevant to children and families in our community
from our community.

Parents & caregivers are critical in developing literacy skills in early childhood. Join a Parent-Child Reading Group through BPS Parent University to read alongside your child and other families:

Elementary school students and an adult family member come together once a week to read and  discuss some wonderful books that speak to the experiences and concerns of the families. Children strengthen their skills, parents learn how to engage their children in deep thinking about books, and families experience the joy of sharing books together. The reading groups take place throughout the Spring.

We entered this month with Read Across America Day on March 1st, hosted by 
The National Education Association. Their website has an abundance of reading resources for families, including a reading calendar celebrating the diversity of young readers. Check out their selection for March! 

Scoop on the Stats
Explore data related to child and family well-being.

Family reading time is a great opportunity for toddlers & young kids to deepen their vocabulary, grow their creativity, and work on their listening skills -- and it's also a valuable time for older children as well! According to the Kids and Family Reading Report (Scholastic, 2016,) reading aloud time drastically decreases as children get older (see graphic below,) but this doesn't mean that older children dislike this shared reading time. Out of children in the 6-11 age range who did/do read aloud with their parents, 87% said that they loved it. For both the parents and the children surveyed in this report, the top reason they enjoyed reading loud was because it was/is a special time with each other. Dive more into the report to explore other trends in reading, and check out the reading  tips & resources Scholastic tailors to parents & caregivers!