Supporting Somerville Families
Supporting Somerville Educators in Engaging 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. Watch the video for an overview of the SFLC and its services: https://vimeo.com/266775329
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.
May 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.
May 1 SFLC Family Engagement Leadership
School-based leadership teams and community partners will gather to share best practices, learn, and plan for family engagement work in our schools. Karen Mapp, senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program will present.
May 10 SFLC Community Resource and Legal Clinic
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 617-625-6600 x6958 or email email@example.com . The SFLC Community Clothing Closet, a resource for free clothing for families in need, will be open.
May 10 Sharing Our Stories Support Group
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.
May 12 12th Annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference
Teen Empowerment presents A Tale of Two Cities: Voices Unheard, featuring original youth-led theater, music, speeches, spoken word and more from Somerville Teens. Small fee for entry.
May 12 Porchfest
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 21 IEPs and How to Read Them
Join the Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council for an open forum on understanding individualized education plans (IEPs) and how to read them. Meet and connect with other parent/guardians and others involved with the special education process.
May 31 SFLC End-of-Year Family Celebration
SFLC invites all Somerville families with young children for an end-of-year celebration. Pet small animals, blow bubbles, hear a story, receive a free book and meet Ellen Mayer, author of Banana para dos/Banana for Two and more! In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Thursday, June 7.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.