Families at an SFLC event

 

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

Watch a video about our programming.

 

Happening Now

December 2017 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.

Please note that because of severe weather conditions, the SFLC's drop-in New Parents Group scheduled for Friday, January 5th (1:00-2:30pm) has been cancelled.


January 2-25, 2018  SFLC January Drop-in Playgroups

Drop-in literacy playgroups for parents and children, birth to 5 years old:
  • Tuesdays (January 2, 9, 17, 23) 3:00-4:30pm - Discover & Learn at the Cummings School Building (42 Prescott St., Yellow Door)
  • Wednesdays (January 3, 10, 17, 24) 10:00 - 11:30am - Climb & Create at the Cummings School Building (42 Prescott St., Pink Door)
  • Thursdays (January 4, 11, 18, 25) 10:00-11:30am - Discover & Learn at the Cummings School Building (42 Prescott St., Yellow Door)
Session 2 playgroup registration begins January 9th. Call (617) 625-6600, x6990 or register online at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/playgroups.

January 11, 2018  SFLC Community Resource Clinic

Thursday 5:00 - 7:00pm, 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, resources and referrals. The SFLC Community Clothing Closet, a resource for free clothing for families in need, will be open.


January 11, 2018  Sharing Our Stories Support Group

Thursday 7:00 - 8:30pm, Cummings School, 42 Prescott Street
Join SFLC staff members 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.

January 15, 2018  Martin Luther King City-Wide Celebration

Monday 10:00 am - 11:30am, East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross St.
This year's theme is Growing Our Community. There will be various musical performances, essay reading, and the festivities will be emceed by Marcus Santos. The entire city is welcome to this very fun event!

January 22, 2018  Special Education Basic Rights Training

Monday 6:00 - 8:00pm, Kennedy School, 5 Cherry St.
Join the Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council for a workshop that introduces participants to the federal and state special education laws, the special education process, parent and student rights, and how to resolve differences with the school.

January 31, 2018  Course Planning Night for 8th Grade Families

Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00pm, Somerville High School Auditorium, 81 Highland Ave.
All 8th grade parents, guardians, and families are invited to Somerville High School to learn about the high school course selection process and to meet your student's future high school counselor. Food will be served!


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 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.