Resources for Families
Erving School Union #28 (for the towns of Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury, Wendell)
Click on the school names below to visit the individual websites:
Use the link above for the online search feature for EEC State licensed early educators (family child care, center based, and public programs.)
Programs, support, and connections for families & youth.
We are a Family Resource Center & Massachusetts Family Center
For more information, please call 413-475-1555
VISIT US FOR:
- Individualized Support
- Information & Referral/Connect to Resources
- Play & Learn Groups (Parents & Children 0-5)
- Support Groups: Grandparents, Young Parents, Teens
- Parenting Education Classes
- Life Skills Workshops
- Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) Services
- Nurturing Fathers Series & Fathers Support Group
- Donation Area for Free clothing, books, toys and other items
- Welcome Baby! Bags
- Specialized 1:1 & clinical services for families & youth
- Fun family events
Valuing Our Children’s Family Resource Center (FRC) program is located at the North Quabbin Patch office. Partnering with the Department of Children and Families and community providers through collaborative relationships, this program offers supportive services, strengthening families and the community. Families can find VOC staff available to help with, parenting education & support groups, individual family support, Information & Referral, leadership development, and basic needs support such as SNAP applications and a free clothing center. Teen support is also a part of the FRC programming through teen peer groups and on-site art and game activities.
The FRC offers a school liaison to support families with educational related concerns and has a Clinician and Family Partner on-site 8 hours a week to provide clinical support for families when needed. Please contact Bette at 978-249-5070 for more information.
Healthy Families: Support for Parents Age 20 & Under
Becoming a parent for the first time can be a challenge. It's even more of a challenge if you're age 20 and under.
Healthy Families is a free home visiting support program for first time parents, age 20 and under, living in the Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin regions, as well as Ludlow and Chester in Hampden County. Home Visitors provide parenting support and child development education at participant homes as well as in groups with other first time pregnant and parenting teens. Activities are geared toward young parents' interests, whether it be support groups on relationships or making special journals about their child's first years of life.
Home Visitors also model healthy parent-child interaction, facilitate age-appropriate activities with children and parents together, make referrals, and provide information about a range of topics in a non-threatening and supportive way. But most important of all, they listen. All services are voluntary and confidential. Spanish speaking home visitors are available.
Healthy Families offers:
- Weekly home visits that focus on you and your baby
- Parent support groups
- Advocacy for housing, food, health care, transportation, employment, and education
Submit an easy online referral at: www.healthyfamiliesreferral.wordpress.com
Franklin County residents call 413-475-1545 or 978-544-8205
Hampshire residents call 413-387-1270
Amherst WIC Office1200 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002Phone: 413-548-1285
Northampton WIC OfficeSilk Mill Building, 15 Straw Avenue, Suite 112, Florence, MA 01062Phone: 413-387-1244Orange WIC Office167 South Main Street, Orange, MA 01364Phone: 978-544-8093
WIC is a lifeline for millions of families across the country. Specifically geared to pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women and children up to age 5, WIC provides a debit card to buy nutritious foods like milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juice, peanut butter, and beans at local authorized grocery stores. In addition, it offers nutrition assessment and counseling, breastfeeding support and referrals to services that help keep families healthy and safe.
During the first 5 years of a child's life, WIC provides a safe, nurturing environment for education, healthcare and social service referrals, as well as free access to nutritious foods.
Community Action WIC serves:
- Infants and children up to age 5 years of age
- Women through all stages of their pregnancy, breastfeeding, and up to six months postpartum
- Franklin, Hampshire, and North Quabbin residents with nutritional needs
- A debit card to buy nutritious foods from the grocery store and local farmers markets
- Nutrition assessment and education
- Breastfeeding support and information
- Immunization screening and information
- Referrals to other social service programs
- Breast pumps and Infant Formula
To view the Massachusetts WIC Program income eligibility guidelines, please click here.
To access the Massachusetts WIC online application,
please click here.
To access the Massachusetts WIC nondiscrimination statement,
please click here.
For more information on Community Action's WIC services, please view our WIC Site Directory and contact the WIC office in your area.