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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.

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Happening Now

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 2017 SFLC Calendar


April 1, 2017, 9:00am - 12:30pm

College and Career Day

Somerville High School, 81 Highland Avenue

Join other Somerville families with students in grades 6 - 12 to learn about what students need to be successful in high school and beyond. Attend workshops led by college and career experts to help you plan for the future. Learn about financial aid, preparing for college, two-year college options, hear from a career panel, and more. Students and families are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information about workshop choices, please visit http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/collegecareerday.


April 5, 2017, 8:45 - 9:45am

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families

Capuano School, 150 Glen Street

Learn about healthy eating habits with experts from the UMass Extension Nutrition
Education Program. Hear about what your child is learning in school regarding
healthy eating, making healthy choices, and how you can support your child at home..


April 8, 12:30 - 5:00pm

11th Annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference

East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street

Views from the ‘Ville: Facts vs. Fiction. Enjoy speeches, music, theater, and more from Somerville Teens. The conference will include mental wellness workshops and a service fair. Small fee for entry. Hosted by the Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc.


April 13, 6:00 - 7:00pm

Parent Leadership: Nuestra Lucha

East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street

Research shows that a strong home-school relationship has a positive impact on
student learning. In this workshop for parents/guardians enrolled in SFLC English Classes, emerging bilingual parents will discuss partnering with their children’s schools to support student success and why being an advocate for their children’s education is important for everyone’s success.


April 27, 10:00 - 11:00am

Week of the Young Child: Celebrate Young Children

Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue

Join the Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville’s Early Education and Care community and the National Association for the Education of Young Children in celebration of Somerville’s youngest learners. This year’s theme: What does it mean to be kind and fair? To read the SFLC social story, Somerville, A Kind and Fair City, visit Resources for Parents/Guardians at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/families. For more information about the Week of the Young Child, please visit www.naeyc.org/woyc.


April 27, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Conozco sus Derechos (Know Your Rights)

East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street

Do you know your rights as an immigrant? Do you have immigration-related questions or concerns? Come and learn how you can advocate for yourself and your children. This workshop is presented in Spanish by Patricia Montes, Executive Director, Centro Presente. Interpretation will be available.


April 27, 2017, 5:45 - 8:00pm

Well Being of Somerville: Health Across the Life Stages

Winter Hill Community School, 115 Sycamore Street

Join CHA’s Somerville Community Health Agenda and the city’s Health and Human Services Department for a light meal followed by brief presentations of data gathered with the Institute of Community Health. Participants will provide input and insights into issues impacting the well being across the life stages and recommendations for
collective action to improve the health of all our residents. To volunteer or ask
questions, please contact lbrukilacchio@challiance.org or 617-591-4433.


Newly Expanded!

Somerville Hub: Early Childhood - Teenage Years

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


SFLC Parent/Guardian Support Groups

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.


Parent Child Home Visiting Program

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.


SFLC Playgroups

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.


SFLC Family and Community Liaisons

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.


SFLC Parent/Guardian English Classes

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.


SFLC Volunteer Program

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.


Resource and Referral for Somerville Families

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.


COMING SOON: 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.


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Nomi Davidson, Director, Somerville Family Learning Collaborative. (617) 625-6600 x6966.

Supported in part by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.