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Family and Community Engagement
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.
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.
May 4, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Thursday
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 our schools and how SPS volunteers serve, inspire and support student learning. For more information, contact your school-based Volunteer Coordinator or Jen Capuano at 617-629-5475 or email@example.com.
May 8, 2017, 7:00 - 8:15pm, Monday
Raising Caring Children in Somerville
East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street
How can a focus on happiness and achievement undermine a child’s capacity to empathize and care for others? How can focusing on happiness and achievement actually make kids less happy? In his talk, Dr. Richard Weissbourd, author of The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development, Harvard Lecturer, and Faculty Director of the Making Caring Common Project, will share research-based strategies for parents and educators in the Somerville community to help children learn empathy and to care for others, including those different from them in background and character.
May 13, 12:00 - 6:00 pm, Saturday
Take a walk in Somerville and enjoy musicians and bands playing on porches throughout the City. For more information about this popular annual event, visit www.somervilleartscouncil.org/porchfest.
May 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday
SFLC End-of-Year Playgroup Celebration
Cumming School, 42 Prescott Street, Indoors and Outdoors
SFLC invites all Somerville families with children (birth to 5 years old) for an end-of-year celebration. Blow bubbles, plant a seed, hear a story, receive a free book and meet Ellen Mayer, author of Red Socks/Medias Rojas, Rosa’s Very Big Job and more!
May 22, 6:00 - 8:00pm, Monday
Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Kennedy School, 5 Cherry Street
Join the Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SSEPAC) for their end-of-year business meeting. Elections for SSEPAC officers will take place. SSEPAC engages parents/guardians in learning about the special education process and understanding IEP’s, networking with those who share similar experiences, and helping the Somerville education community to better understand, respect and include special needs children.
May 31, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Wednesday
SFLC Community Resource and Legal Services Clinic
Room 12, Cummings School, 42 Prescott Street
Questions about community resources? Need legal consultation around immigration issues? Looking for childcare? Meet representatives from the SFLC, City of Somerville Health and Human Services, and SomerViva for information and resources, or make an appointment for a free legal consultation with representatives from the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC). For a legal consultation appointment, please call Maura Mendoza at 617-615-6600 x6958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The SFLC Community Clothing Closet, a resource for free clothing for families in need, will be open.
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.