Supporting Somerville Families
Supporting Somerville Educators in Engaging Families
Read the Educator's Guide for engaging Families.
Family and Community Engagement
SFLC By the Numbers
Take a look at this snapshot of the families and people we've reached through SFLC programming!
Who We Are
The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC) is the department of family and community engagement of the Somerville Public Schools. The SFLC provides a variety of resources, support services, and programs to help meet the needs of Somerville families in supporting their children's learning and well-being, birth to adulthood.
What we do
- Playgroups for Birth to 5 years. Learn about registering
- Parent Support Groups. Join a group
- Developmental Screenings for children 1 month to 5 years old. Learn more
- School-Based Family and Community Liaisons. Find your liaison
- Information, Referral and Resources. Find out more
- Parent / Guardian English Classes. Learn how to register
- Home Visiting Program. Learn more about the program
- Somerbaby: Welcome Baby Bags. Learn more about the program
Watch a video about our programming.
February, 2018 Calendar. SFLC calendars of monthly activities and events will be available October through June. Multilingual flyers will be distributed two weeks before all SFLC events. Please see below for upcoming events and activities.
February 8 & 9, 2018 Somerville High School Open House and Tours
Get an inside look at this great educational community. During your visit, you will meet members of the staff, learn about the curriculum, and tour the building.
February 8, 2018 The Bilingual Brain: Benefits of Bilingualism
The SFLC invites you to a community forum on bilingual education. Calvin (Chip)Gidney, Professor, Tufts University Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development will give the keynote. A Panel of Educators, Parents, and Community members will discuss the recently passed Act for Language Opportunity for Our Kids, known as the “LOOK Bill”. The event is co-sponsored by: Educators for One Somerville/Sanctuary Schools, English Learner Education Task Force, Parent English Class Program (SFLC/The Welcome Project), Unidos Program, World Language Department of the Somerville Public Schools.
February 8, 2018 Sharing Our Stories Support Group
Cummings School, 42 Prescott Street
Join SFLC staff and fellow Somerville parents for a support group for families with young children who have special needs. Raising a child who does not always fit in can be challenging. This free, open-ended group will offer adults the opportunity to share joys, concerns, frustrations, questions and resources about their experiences. Facilitated by Amy Bamforth, LICSW.
February 15, 2018 Serve and Inspire: Volunteer Orientation
East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street
New to volunteering with the Somerville Public Schools? Join us for a volunteer orientation to learn about district schools and how SPS volunteers serve, inspire and support student learning in our schools. For more information, please contact your school-based Volunteer Coordinator or Jen Capuano at 617-629-5475 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 26, 2018 Behavior Management in the Home Setting
Kennedy School Library, 5 Cherry Street
Join the Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council for a presentation from Nicole Simon, Behavior Management in the Home Setting: The Art of Setting Limits. Learn strategies for setting limits in your home and meet and connect with parents/guardians and others involved with the special education process.
Introducing the Family Engagement Educator Guide
The SFLC Family Engagement Educator Guide, a resource for Somerville educators, shares tips and tools for home-school partnerships that focus on student learning and well-being. The guide is available here or in print from your school-based Family and Community Liaison.
SomerBaby is a program to welcome Somerville’s youngest residents and connect families to the many resources that Somerville has to offer, strengthening social and community connections and starting babies on a path of lifelong health and learning. Each Welcome Baby bag includes a Somerville Community Resource Guide, an informational booklet on child development, a stacking cups toy, the board book Babies/Los Bebes by Susan Caniszres and Pamela Chanko, and a handmade blanket. For more information: 617-625-6600 x6966 or email@example.com
Visit the Somerville Hub, a place to find what children, teens and their families need to play, learn, and thrive in Somerville. For more information and referrals on how to access Somerville programs, family services, and family-friendly places in the city visit the newly revised website. www.SomervilleHub.org
Amy Bamforth, LICSW, Early Childhood Specialist: 617-625-6600 ext. 6990
The weekly drop-in New Parents Group is open to all Somerville parents with babies from birth - 12 months old. Wondering Together is open to all Somerville parents and toddlers from 12-24 months (registration is rquired). Sharing Our Stories is a monthly support group for families with young children with special needs.
Fernanda Villar, PCHP Director: 617-625-6600 ext. 6992
PCHP is a school readiness and family support program for parents and their children. Multilingual Early Literacy Home Visitors work with families with children between 18 months and 4 years old, and focus on developing language, literacy and school readiness skills.
Michelle Laskey, Playgroup Coordinator: 617-625-6600 ext. 6990
Parents and caregivers with infants, toddlers and preschool children in Somerville meet and play in age and language-based groups that gather weekly at the Cummings School. Drop-in groups are also available. Playgroups begin the first week of October.
Meghan Bouchard, SFLC Program Liaison: 617-625-6600 ext. 6969
Liaisons are school-based and also work as a multilingual team to improve communication and outreach to all Somerville Public Schools community members. Liaisons work to strengthen home-school and community connections by focusing on parent leadership development, family engagement opportunities linked to student learning, and resource and referral for high needs families.
Maura Mendoza, Language and Leadership Liaison: 617-625-6600 ext. 6958
Parents/guardians of Somerville students can practice and strengthen their English language skills while learning about and becoming more involved with their child's education. SFLC works in collaboration with The Welcome Project to provide classes held in the morning, afternoon and evening. *Parents/Guardians can register by calling 625-6600 x6702.
Jen Capuano, Volunteer Coordinator: 617-629-5475
Volunteers matter in the Somerville Public Schools. Potential volunteers can apply online or call for more information about meaningful opportunities to support student learning in our schools. To request a volunteer, staff should contact their school-based volunteer coordinator.
42 Prescott Street, Room 11; 617-625-6600 x6965; www.somervillehub.org
Information and referrals on how to access Somerville programs, family services, community resources, and family-friendly places in the city.
SFLC Family Talk Campaign
The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative is developing a FamilyTalk Somerville campaign to raise awareness with families about the importance of back-and-forth conversation in developing expressive language, engaging with children about what they are learning at school, and supporting student aspirations for the future. Stay tuned for more information and materials for families with children, birth through adulthood.
Nomi Davidson, Director, Somerville Family Learning Collaborative. (617) 625-6600 x6966.
Supported in part by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.