Summer Program Guide 2017
May 2, 2017
Check out the 2017 Summer Programs Guide for summer learning opportunities for your child in Springfield! Printed copies of the guide will be available starting the week of May 8 at the Springfield Public Schools Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) Center, 91 School Street, Springfield, and branches of the Springfield City Library.
Springfield, Massachusetts Honored as a 2016 National Pacesetter for Early Literacy Work
March 31, 2017
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Recognizes Springfield as Exemplary
Springfield’s 3rd graders make gains on reading proficiency in 2016
March 23, 2017
Contributing to the overall success of the school district are the gains made by third grade students who took the PARCC assessment.
Sign Up for Texts from 413Families
January 5, 2017
Make a New Year’s Resolution to join the 413families (or 413familias) text messaging campaign to get messages with cool things to do with your family, literacy and health tips and more. And you will have the opportunity to win some great prizes, too!
Gerena School 'Family Literacy Night' gives parents tips on reading with their children
December 9, 2016
The event was an effort to get parents to read to their children on a regular basis, particularly before the third grade.
Springfield Cooperative Preschool is Now Enrolling!
August 10, 2016
There is a wonderful opportunity for 4-year-old Springfield children who have not had a formal early childhood education experience to enroll in a free, full-day, full-year, high quality preschool.
'Seussian Soiree' launches public portion of campaign to open new Dr. Seuss museum at the Quadrangle
June 9, 2016
Mary Walachy, executive director of the Davis Foundation, explained that the museum is aligned with the goals of the Davis Foundation, whose mission has always revolved around reading and building early literacy skills, along with increasing the economic vitality of the city.
Talk/Read/Succeed! success story at Sullivan Apartments
March 7, 2016
It didn’t take long for the Hernandez family to connect with Talk/Read/Succeed! once they heard about it. That was in 2010, shortly after they moved to Springfield Housing Authority’s Sullivan Apartments, when Daniel and Natasha Hernandez and their five young children attended the annual ‘Back to School’ outdoor extravaganza sponsored by T/R/S!
SHA mural captures concept of family literacy
March 1, 2016
For Ludlow artist Rachel Saloio, the mural-sized painting ‘Community’ is nothing short of a labor of love. Saloio was commissioned by the Springfield Housing Authority this summer to paint a four-by-eight feet work of art to illustrate Talk/Read/Succeed!, the collaborative, family-based literacy initiative that has made strides in boosting and retaining reading levels among children at two family developments.
Siblings are teachers too!
November 13, 2015
It's not only parents and grandparents who experience the joy of reading to a young child. Older siblings can play a vital role too. Heather Anderson shares that her son Christian Anderson PFC in the United States Marine Corps and Heather's 7 year old daughter Milanna Stieranka share the love of reading together.
State officials, members of Western Mass legislative delegation and local early childhood leaders officially opened the early childhood center at 15 Catherine Street this week
September 23, 2015
Mass. Dept. Of Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber lauds the partners in this important effort for working together and getting it done for Springfield's youngest children.
Springfield Receives a Truckload of Books! Thank you FirstBook!
September 17, 2015
Over 215 schools, civic groups, community organizations and faith groups answered our call and joined us in our mission to bring 40,000 free brand new books to the children of Springfield. After 2,000 individuals registered for First Book, we got word that Disney Publications had donated the books and that they were on the way.
Commissioner Thomas L. Weber Testimony Before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education
September 17, 2015
Department of Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber testifies at hearing of Joint Committee on Education...emphasizing the urgency to fund high quality early childhood education experiences for the Commonwealth's youngest citizens.
New website designed for parents in Massachusetts
September 17, 2015
The Department of Early Education and Care is excited to share the launch of a new website designed for parents in Massachusetts. One Tough Job provides parents with information and resources to help moms and dads be the best parents they can be.
First day of kindergarten: A key transition
September 11, 2015
The first day of school is always a little nerve-racking, but the first day of kindergarten is particularly fraught. In this blog, Laura Bornfreund and Lisa Guernsey of New America (think tank in Washington DC) explain how policymakers can reshape the primary years and re-envision the elementary school.
Highlights from WGBY’s Summer of Fun & Learning
September 8, 2015
This photomontage shows moments from many of our summer activities in the Community Engagement and Education Department. Among them are preK classroom visits to Springfield’s Head Start on Carew Street and the YMCA of Greater Springfield.
State Senator Eric Lesser wrote a Guest Viewpoint for The Republican.. and here’s how it begins:
August 31, 2015
"As summer winds down and families gear up for back-to-school season, it's a good time to remember the vital importance of early education."
Back in the Habit: New Routines to Kick Off the School Year from Too Small to Fail
August 30, 2015
Summer is almost over, and that means one very important thing: back to school season has begun!
Literacy Songs for Little Ones
August 21, 2015
Retired Springfield educator Jo-Anne Wilson-Keenan and her husband have written and recorded a CD - Literacy Songs for Little Ones. Creative Child Magazine has given it the CD of the Year Award. Wilson-Keenan continues to consult in Springfield on the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative.
We think it’s cool, too! #413reads
July 24, 2015
Scholastic posted this on YouTube to ask kids why they read...and their answers are magical.
Free Little Libraries, #413reads Bring Books into the Community
July 3, 2015
Many families in the 413 area code don’t have easy access to books to read to their children. Jackie Neiman and I, two parents of graduating seniors at the Sinai Temple, saw an opportunity to come up with a way to get more books into the homes of Springfield families.
Springfield City Library Summer Reading Program
July 3, 2015
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Springfield School Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick love to read, and as honorary Co-Chairmen of Springfield City Library's Summer Reading Club, they challenge all city children (teens too!) to read this summer, for the fun of it!
Healthy attendance habits promoted through walking programs at Springfield elementary schools
May 12, 2015
A Problem hidden in Plain Sight, a key ingredient for ensuring success in school is helping children at the beginning of their academic careers get into the habit of attending school every day.
Home City Families is offering many activities for Springfield families in April/May
April 16, 2015
Check out the calendar for Ready! for Kindergarten, a free series of parent and caregiver workshops that informs - through play and instruction - about children's developmental stages by age level for three domains - literacy, math and reasoning, and social emotional.
Loving Literacy - Zero to Three Magic of Everyday Moments on Vimeo
February 27, 2015