Family Sign Up: NPS' Early Childhood Center Presents

Please register below for the FREE workshops of your choosing. You are welcome at as many as you like!  Our offerings are geared towards families with children ranging in age from birth to 8 years old; please know families with children of all ages are welcome! A calendar note and virtual link will come to you prior to the workshop date.  Northampton Public Schools is grateful for the support of the EEC CPPI & CFCE grants that funds these workshops.
 
-The Team at the NPS Early Childhood Center
earlychildhood@northampton-k12.us
(413) 587-1471
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April 6-12th: Northampton/Hadley Family Connection's Week of the Young Child Celebration! 

New this year, a week long calendar of free family-friendly events. Check out the schedule and save the dates! For event details visit:
Monthly Family + Professionals Workshop with educational consultant, Chrissy D'Agostino. Join Chrissy for insight and tips on the development of young children. 

Thursday, April 11th from 8-9 pm:
Raising Kids Who Like Themselves: 
The Underpinnings of Self-Esteem, Self-Worth, and Authenticity in Young Children 

Meets most months on the second Thursday via Zoom from 8:00-9:00 pm.
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Monthly Family Game Time at Forbes Library
Drop in or RSVP to play games with Ashley and meet other families! Enjoy collaborative games like Snug as a Bug and Busy Town, as well as turn-taking games like Spot It!, Hiss, and Zingo. Games are a great way to build communication skills, problem-solving, and brain development. It's also an enjoyable way to promote family time. 

This Monthly Family Game Time is geared toward families with children ages 3-8 years old. We'll get together on the third Tuesday of each month from 4:00-5:00 pm at Forbes Children's Library in the Community Room. 
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Families in the Garden- with Grow Food Northampton!

Wake up the Garden! We will use our five senses to notice how the garden wakes up after a long winter, and help our farmers and gardeners get the land ready for spring.

For children birth-8 years old and their caregivers.

Thursdays: April 25 + May 23 [3:30-4:30 pm]

Grow Food Community Garden: 140 Meadow St., Florence

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A NEW MASSACHUSETTS IEP* FORM IS COMING IN 2025!

Caregivers are invited to join NPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), Student Services, and Laurel Peltier of the Collaborative for Educational Services to familiarize yourself with the new IEP components.

*IEP= Individualized Education Plan

Monday, April 28th from 6-7:30 pm on Zoom.

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New Date added! 
Kestrel Family Hike
Revive outside with your family, Kestrel Land Trust, and the Northampton/Hadley Family Connection at the NPS Early Childhood Center. Families are invited to meet us at the trailhead for a family-friendly stroll through nature. All family members are welcome!

Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and pack a snack if needed. We look forward to sharing the trail with you.
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Monthly Caregiver Cafés

Join early childhood educators, Mandy and Ashley, along with other caregivers/parents for an evening of casual conversation among caregivers as you help each other celebrate and navigate the ups and downs of parenting!

Childcare is provided and dinner is served for all in attendance. This is an IN-PERSON event at Bridge Street School and meets monthly on the first Tuesday (some date exceptions noted) from 5:30-7 pm.
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First Aid for Parents and Caregivers- In-person w/ Childcare!

Thursday, May 9 from 5:30-7 pm
Childcare and Snacks provided!

We will meet in the preschool classrooms of Bridge Street School. Please enter through the lower gated playground accessible near the bus loop on Parson St. 
 
RSVP directly with Wild Med here:
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Playdates at Smith College Museum of Art:

Artful adventures in and around the museum for 2-5 year olds and their caregivers!  Explore a different theme each session, offered on selected Fridays throughout the year, plus a Sensory-Inclusive Saturday session.

Registered families can join us in the Atrium of the Smith College Museum of Art for open play and art experiences from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Upon arrival, sign up for a museum tour slot for 9:45, 10:15, or 10:45 a.m. These interactive experiences in the galleries for up to ten children and their caregivers will be led by museum educator Gina Hall. Families can connect, play, and create in the Atrium with NPS early childhood educator, Ashley Miller, when not in the museum. 

Participation will be capped at 30 children.

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Don't forget about our free drop in playgroups for families!

Playgroups for children ages 0-5 years old and their caregivers:
   
     Northampton Parents Center (NPC): Mon/Wed/Th from 9:30-11:30 am
     Hadley Public Library: Tuesdays 10am-12pm
     YMCA Outdoor Playground w/ NPC: Tuesday 9:30-11:30 am
     Early Bird Infant Group at NPC: Thursdays 8:30am
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