Families at an SFLC event

 

Supporting Somerville Families 

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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

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Happening Now

April 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.


April 3, 2018 Celling Your Soul: Raising Kids in a Digital Age

Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm
Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford
 
Join the SFLC for a film screening and discussion event presented by Joni Siani, filmmaker, writer, professor and producer of “Celling Your Soul,” an examination of our love/hate relationship with our digital devices from the perspective of the first “digitally socialized” generation. For more information, visit noappforlife.com. This event is co-sponsored by the SFLC, Somerville Public Schools, Cambridge Health Alliance and the Tufts University School of Arts, Sciences and Community Health.

April 7, 2018 College and Career Day

Saturday, 9:00am-12:30pm
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 9, 2018 Equipo Maíz: Community Building for Justice

Monday, 3:30-6:30pm
Highlander Cafe, Somerville High School, 81 Highland Avenue

Join the SFLC and The Welcome Project for a workshop and community reception with National Organizers and Popular Educators from El Salvador. Co-sponsored by Educators for One Somerville/Sanctuary Schools, Enroot, and the Somerville Sanctuary City Steering Committee. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/a0Jm37x7w5drfYnG2.


April 12, 2018 SFLC Community Resource and Legal Services Clinic

Thursday, 5:00-7:00pm
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 617-615-6600 x6958 or email mmendoza@k12.somerville.ma.us. The SFLC Community Clothing Closet, a resource for free clothing for families in need, will be open.


April 25, 2018 Week of the Young Child: Celebrate Young Children

Wednesday 10:00-11:00am
Somerville City Hall, 91 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/sflcresources. For more information about the Week of the Young Child, please visit www.naeyc.org/woyc.


New and Improved! 2018 Somerville Summer Guide

Visit the SFLC Resources page and to check out the 2018 Somerville Summer Guide with activities for families and their children, ages birth through the teen years.

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 ndavidson@k12.somerville.ma.us


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.


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.