Friday Morning Parent/Child Series in the Hilltowns

Free Parent/Child Support Series in Huntington
Friday Mornings Beginning March 12th

Through a grant from the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund, the Huntington Health Center is teaming up with the Gateway Family Center to offer a free series for parents and their young children (ages 0-5 years). The series will run at the Gateway Family Center (9 Russell Road in Huntington, MA) on Friday mornings, 10:30 to noon, from March 12th to May 14th, 2010. Families are welcome to come for as many sessions as they’d like. Scheduled topics include Music with Your Child, Stress Reduction, Chat with a Pediatrician, and Budgeting for Families. Assistance with transportation is available. To register, call Lee at the Worthington Health Center, 238-5511 x155, for more information.


  • March 12thSurviving Siblings, Led by Lee MacKinnon, Parent Educator
  • March 19thMusic with Young Children, Led by Carolyn Mazel, Movement Together teacher.
  • March 26thCooking with (and for) Children, Led by Killeen Perras, WIC coordinator and “chef extraordinaire.”
  • April 9thStress Reduction , Led by Therese Herrick, RN and massage therapist.
  • April 30thBudgeting for Your Family, Led by Ed Sayer, Executive Director, Hilltown Community Health Centers.
  • May 7thHow Children Develop: What to Look for at Different Ages, Led by Naomi Rosenberg, Pediatrician, Hilltown Community Health Centers.
  • May 14th“And to All A Good Night:” Sleep Tips for Children and Adults, Led by Lee MacKinnon, Parent Educator

Free Parenting Workshops with Jeanine Fitzgerald (Huntington & Amherst)

Jeanine Fitzgerald is offering a series of free parenting workshops
for parents of children birth to age 8.

Workshop:   Tips for Handling Children's Violent Play and Aggression (03/25/09)

Workshop:  Tips for Handling Children’s Violent Play and Aggression

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2009
  • 6-8pm at Huntington Middle/High School
  • Free

Should we ban or facilitate these types of play? This has been the great debate for years. This workshop will discuss the differences in these types of play, the pros and cons associated with them and the current research trends. Participants will learn effective techniques to combat aggression and violence.

Free on-site childcare for children 2 and over on a first-come, first-served basis with advance registration. Babies are welcome to remain with parents. Early registration recommended. Deadline: March 18th. To register, call Gateway Family Center Coordinator, Kim Savery at 413.667.2203 x3.

Mark your calendars now to save the date for this remaining workshop:

  • Monday, April 27th: Raising Better Problem Solvers
  • 6-8pm at the Amherst Family Center
  • Free

Open House: Area Family Centers

Open House at 8 Area Family Centers
Bring your children, birth to age 5!

Click to discover more!

Corky Klimczak, HCFN Coordinator writes:

Please help the Hampshire County Family Network [HFCN] publicize our Fall Open House. Each of the 8 family centers – Amherst, Belchertown, Cummington, Easthampton, Gateway, Northampton, South Hadley, and Ware – will host its own open house celebration sometime between October 3rd and October 10th. The dates and listing of special events at each Open House is on [this] flyer. Please print, post, and circulate this flyer … so that we can get the word out to as many people as possible.

Discover more about our area Family Centers.

Family Centers Offer More Than Drop-In Playgroups

Area Family Centers Offer Refuge for Parents with Babies & Toddlers

CCL (c)When my daughter was a baby I found sanctuary in our area family center. I was able to meet other sleep deprived mothers in a safe environment where we could breastfeed freely and compare notes while our children took their first steps. I formed everlasting bonds with these mothers as we discussed teething and potty training, while reassuring one another that we weren’t alone in our sleepless world of spit-up and dirty diapers.

According to Hampshire County Family Network, “Family Centers are places where parents meet other parents, children socialize, and parents and children play together. A family center is a drop-in place for parents to spend time with their young children. Children can play, learn, explore, and make new friends. Parents can meet local families and talk about their children. Family centers have toys, books, and activities that young children enjoy.”

To follow is a list of Family Centers in Hampshire County. All centers receive funding from the Hampshire Educational Collaborative and support families with children up through the age of four:

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Updates from the Gateway Family Center in Huntington



The Gateway Family Center (GFC) is now registering families for our School Readiness program. This year, the group will meet on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 to 10:30, beginning on September 18. This program is designed to help preschool-aged children and their families prepare for school. It is limited to 10 families, with priority given to those who are not enrolled in other programs. The curriculum includes preliteracy, premath, science, language and social skills (along with a little bit of Spanish!) that are approached through a variety of art projects, games, music, etc.


GFC is also sponsoring a workshop entitled Keeping Our Children Safe, on Friday, September 14th from 10 – 12 at the GFC. This workshop will focus on recognizing and dealing with child sexual abuse.

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