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Great Falls Creative Movement Classes

posted Oct 4, 2012, 11:04 AM by Maria Geueke

Fall Classes at The Brick House

 Classes for children

Great Falls Creative Movement will offer two classes this fall running from October 4th - December 20th for young children.

Dance with your Toddler!
A class for 1 and 2 year-olds and their grown-ups.
This class will give you and your toddler the chance to breathe, stretch and move  in ways you’ve never imagined!

Thursdays, 10:30 -11:15 a.m.
The Twirling Tigers
Creative Movement for 3 and 4 year-olds.
An introduction to basic creative movement concepts taught in a nurturing, creative and fun environment. 

For more information or to register contact Anna Hendricks
phone: 413 863-2122

Parents Cafe announced first meeting!

posted Sep 25, 2012, 7:59 AM by Maria Geueke   [ updated Sep 25, 2012, 8:00 AM ]

The Roundtable Parent Cafes (also known as the Franklin County Early Childhood Mental Health Roundtable) has announced the first meeting times.

Meetings are Thursday Sep. 27th, Oct. 4th, and Oct. 4th from 5:30- 7:30pm.
Location: To Be Announced

Includes free childcare, transportation, and family dinner!

Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 6:00; followed by Café Talk from 6-7:30.  Assistance with transportation will be provided if needed.  Parents are urged to attend all 3 sessions to discuss the topics listed below and, more importantly, to build relationships with other parents of young children. The goal of the Cafes is to support parents of young children in the enhancement of the Protective Factors that will allow them to keep their families safe and strong. The topics of the 3 Cafes will focus on these factors under the headings of:  Taking Care of Yourself; Being a Strong Parent; Building Strong Relationships with Your Children.  The series is for parents with children up to 8 years old.

"...Together we can talk about difficult situations and build the resilience we need to be good parents.  We will create a community that supports us in keeping our children safe and our families strong!"

For more information, contact:

Judith Weinthaler, LICSW
774-6252 X110

Parent Cafes hosted by the Early Childhood Mental Health Roundtable

posted Sep 13, 2012, 10:51 AM by Maria Geueke

The Roundtable will be offering a series of 3 Parent Cafes. The goal of the Cafes is to support parents of young children in the enhancement of the Protective Factors that will allow them to keep their families safe and strong. The topics of the 3 Cafes will focus on these factors under the headings of: Taking Care of Yourself; Being a Strong Parent; Building Strong Relationships with Your Children. The series is for parents with children up to 8 years old.

The Cafes are focused on parents talking to parents in a comfortable, safe environment; in an atmosphere that feels like a café; sitting at tables with a “host” and not a discussion leader. Questions are provided at each table to serve as conversation starters and the role of the host is to record the discussion. Prior to the discussion, dinner is served to families and then childcare is provided while parents visit the “Café” and share thoughts, feelings, experiences, they need to talk about. Cafes are about bringing up challenging situations, as well as emotions, and bearing witness to each other with the goal of building the Protective Factors
that will allow them to be strong parents.

This Parent Café project is supported by a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics focused on linking medical care to community resources. The grant was obtained by Dr. Bill Copeland at Greenfield Pediatrics in conjunction with the Early Childhood Mental Health Roundtable.

Dates that have been set for the Cafes are Thursday September 27, October 4, and October11. Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 6:00; followed by Café Talk from 6-7:30. Assistance with transportation will be provided if needed. Parents are urged to attend all 3 sessions to discuss the topics listed above and, more importantly, to build relationships with other parents of young children.

For further information contact:
Judith Weinthaler, LICSW
774-6252 X110

The Free Annual Easter Egg Hunt

posted Mar 9, 2012, 1:30 PM by Corey Haynes

The Rotary of Franklin County Presents: The Free Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Free! Lots of activities! 3 Age groups!

April 7, 11am at Beacon Field

Come join the fun!

Early Childhood Registration and Open House Dates

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:25 AM by Corey Haynes

Early Childhood registration and open house dates coming up!

Our Kindergarten registration is taking place on Wednesday, March 7th from 8:00-3:30 at both Gill and Hillcrest schools. All families should register for kindergarten in their town of residence.

The Gill Kindergarten Open House is on March 8th from 5-7 and the Hillcrest Open House for Preschool and Kindergarten will take place on March 14th from 5-7.

Kathleen Bailer Adams, Principal
Gill Elementary School
48 Boyle Road
Gill, MA 01354
Phone: 413-863-3255
Fax: 413-863-3268

Free Concert and PJ Party February 24th Ages 4 and Up

posted Feb 21, 2012, 8:30 AM by Corey Haynes

Pajama Party Animals at Northfield Mountain Recreation And Environmental Center

Millers Falls Rd (Rte 63) in Northfield
Friday, February 24
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For ages 4 and older

Roger Tincknell has been performing for children and adults throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe for over 30 years and is a two-time Parents' Choice Award-winning recording artist. Young families can wear their jammies and dance the cabin fever away while enjoying songs and stories about animals! Participants will imitate animals, sing lively songs, learn interesting facts about local wildlife and even go “Waltzing with Bears,” while Roger plays Irish drum, Incan flute, Russian balalaika, banjo, guitar, mandolin and harmonica. Program meets inside the cozy, pellet-stove heated yurt behind the Visitor Center. There is no registration required for this event.


Second Saturday Children’s’ Series at the Great Falls Discovery Center

posted Dec 15, 2011, 8:04 AM by Corey Haynes

Second Saturday Children’s’ Series at the Great Falls Discovery Center every month. Drop in between 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM for activities which could include: crafts, games, investigations, or outdoor adventures. 

The Center is located at 2 Avenue A., Turners Falls, MA 01376, 

For more information please call 413.863.3221 or go to the website.

New educational program reminds parents to keep medication “Up and Away and Out of Sight”

posted Dec 14, 2011, 12:03 PM by Corey Haynes   [ updated Dec 14, 2011, 12:05 PM ]

Each year, one of every 150 two–year–olds visits an emergency department in the United States for an unintentional medication overdose, most often after finding and eating or drinking medicines without adult supervision. To inform parents and caregivers about safe medication storage and what to do in case of an emergency, CDC, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Education Foundation and a coalition of partners are launching an educational program, Up and Away and Out of Sight, encouraging parents to follow a few simple steps to protect children.

“Parents may not be aware of the danger posed by leaving medications where young children can reach them. In recent years, the number of accidental overdoses in young children has increased by 20 percent,” said Dan Budnitz, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s Medication Safety Program. “A few simple steps – done every time – can protect our children.”

To protect children, parents and caregivers can:
  • Pick a place children cannot reach. 
  • Find a storage place too high for a child to reach or see. 
  • Any medicine or vitamin can cause harm if taken the wrong way, even medicine you buy without a prescription.
  • Put medicines and vitamins away every time you use them. 
  • Never leave medicines or vitamins out on a kitchen counter or at a sick child’s bedside, even if you have to give the medicine again in a few hours. 
  • Hear the click. 
  • Make sure the safety cap is locked. 
  • If the medicine has a locking cap that turns, twist it until the click is heard.
  • Teach children about medicine safety. 
  • Never tell children that medicine is candy to get them to take it, even if the child does not like to take his or her medicine.
  • Tell guests about medicine safety. 
  • Ask houseguests and visitors to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are visiting.
  • Be prepared in case of emergency. 
  • Program the poison control number into home and cell phones (1–800–222–1222)

For more information on the Up and Away educational program, visit or in Spanish

For more information about what CDC is doing to protect children from adverse drug events,

Celebrate Family Literacy Month

posted Dec 2, 2011, 9:46 AM by Jared Libby

For children ages 0-8. 
Saturday, November 19th
10-11:30 a.m.
Federal Street School in Greenfield

The Family Literacy Collaborative will sponsor An Author's Tea: A Celebration of Reading family event. 
Local author Marie Betts Bartlett will read her new children's book "The Little Yellow Trolley Car."

There will be many fun and educational activities for children, like book making, puppet making, music, storytelling, snacks and a FREE book for each child. Snack provided. 

One goal of the Family Literacy Collaborative is to focus on the importance of early literacy and encourage families to read together.

Limited transportation provided if needed. (See contact info below to request a ride, must reserve a spot by Thursday 11/17. First come, first serve, limited spots).

For Information Contact Karen, CFCE Coordinator (413)665-8928

Sponsors of this event include EEC's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grantees including: Community Action, Frontier, Gill-Montague, Greenfield, and Pioneer Public Schools, Montague Public Libraries, Queen of Cups and Clarksdale Orchards.

The New Hillcrest Elementary Monday Playgroup!

posted Dec 1, 2011, 9:23 AM by Jared Libby

Please join us for our new Monday playgroup!


Hillcrest Elementary School
Mondays 9:30-noon
30 Griswold Street, Turners Falls!

(Limited parking at main entrance, please do not park at circle).

Playgroup will not run on Monday holidays and during school vacations.

Funded by The Gill-Montague School District, Montague Catholic Social Ministries and the Department of Early Education & Care’s CFCE Grant

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