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Massachusetts Virtual Parenting Support Groups and Playgroups During COVID-19
Now more than ever, all parents need support. We are committed to providing moms and dads with resources as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a list of virtual parenting support groups and playgroups across Massachusetts:
our family centers
Active Parenting First Five Years - Mondays at 10:00 am & Tuesdays at 1:00 pm
Family Coffee Chat - Thursdays at 10:00 am
School Q&A - Mondays at 1:00 pm
Multicultural Story Time - Tuesdays at 11:30 am & Fridays at 10:30 am
Nature Crafts - Wednesdays at 11:30 am & Fridays at 2:00 pm
Self-Care Saturday on August 15 at 9:30 am addressing ways to care for yourself, how it varies from person to person, and ways to explore what works best for you. Call (508) 815-5100 to register.
Single Parenting Support Group on August 18 at 5:30 pm for single moms and dads to share successes, challenges, and resources. Call (508) 815-5100 to register.
For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: On August 19 at 5:00 pm, call (508) 771-4336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Virtual Parenting Classes begin Wednesday, July 22 at 10:00 am. For more information and to register, call (413) 475-1555.
Preschooler Story Time - Thursdays at 10:30 am
Toddler Story Time - Fridays at 10:30 am
Pajama Story Time - Saturdays at 6:30 pm
Parent Support Zoom Chat - Thursdays at 2:00 pm. Email email@example.com to sign-up.
Zoom Playgroup - Fridays at 11:15 am. firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up. And Virtual Playgroups are posted on their Facebook page every day at 11:00 am.
Do you need diapers, formula, or children's clothes? The Family Center is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Please call 413-664-4821, leave a message for Jenn or Bethany.
The Parent Cafe will be offered every Thursday at 5:00 pm starting August 13. A weekly one-hour virtual discussion group for parents, by parents, of children & teens dealing with anxiety. Registration is required.
Medford Family Network: New Moms and Dads Group - Tuesday at 12:30 pm and other parenting support. View their calendar to sign-up. From Stress to Strength: Resilient Parenting in Challenging Times, see link for times and sign-up.
Virtual Raising a Thinking Child on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm beginning on June 2. See here for more information.
for new moms and dads
Starting on 3/24/2020, JF&CS will offer the New Parent Support Groups for parents with babies under 1 will be meeting via Zoom video conferencing, as always at no cost. JF&CS looks forward to connecting with regular group participants, as well as welcoming new ones into these communities, which offer a space for parents to find connection and support from one another with the guidance of a group facilitator. Their group for parents experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety, "This Isn't What I Expected", will also meet via Zoom.
Arlington New Parents Group: Fridays, 10:00-11:30 am
Brookline New Parents Group: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 am
Cambridge New Parents Group: Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am
Dorchester New Parents Support Group: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 am
Jamaica Plain New Parents Group: Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm
Medford New Parents Group: Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00 pm
Melrose New Parents Group: Wednesdays, 10:30 am - noon
Sharon New Parents Group: Fridays, 10:00-11:30 am
Watertown New Parents Group: Fridays, 9:15-10:45 am
New Adoptive Parents Support Group: Fridays, 10:00-11:30 am **Meeting weekly
Postpartum Depression Support Group: "This Isn't What I Expected": Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 pm. For mothers suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety.
JF&CS is now offering a Circle of Security Parenting Group to help parents better understand their child's needs during moments of frustration, sadness or embarrassment. This group will meet once a week, on Wednesday, from August 19 to October 7 at 10:00 am. RSVP is required. Contact Tiffany Clark at email@example.com or at (781) 693-1342 for more details.
For questions about JF&CS's New Parent Support Groups, contact Diane Gardner, Support Group Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Falmouth Breastfeeding Support: Breastfeeding Support Group on Thursdays at 10:00 am and Postpartum Support Group on Mondays at 4:00 pm. For more information, email email@example.com.
First Connections CFCE Concord is now offering an Emotional Wellbeing after Baby Group for moms and dads experiencing anxiety or depression, or who are feeling overwhelmed in the postpartum year can come together for this supportive, nonjudgmental, confidential group to share stories and learn from each other. Thursdays at 10:00 am, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Heal Like A Mother: A Postpartum Depression Support Group – Becoming a mother presents with a lot of challenges and for many woman this time can be very overwhelming and intense. Whether you are a new mom, or a mom well on her journey, we welcome you to join us in a cozy, calming, open, and loving environment. Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00PM. Visit website or text Erin 508-317-0467 for more information and access to Facebook group and class.
Postpartum Support Group: Being a Mom can be overwhelming and stressful. You are not
alone! Join us for a weekly support group. We provide a welcoming, safe, and judgement free
environment. This virtual meeting of supporting new mothers is held on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information, please email
for parents with babies (under age 1)
Single Parents Support Group for parents with babies under one year old, Mondays from 10:00-11:30 am
Parents of Multiples Support Group for parents with multiples under one year old, Thursdays 10:00-11:30 am
Parents of Toddlers Support Group for parents with toddlers, ages 1-3, on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30 pm
Fragile Beginnings Zoom Support Group, for parents whose babies have spent time in the NICU, Tuesdays from noon-1:00 pm
Hello Baby, Now What? Virtual Group for parents of babies ages birth to 6 months on Mondays at 10:00 am. Email email@example.com to register, please write "Hello Baby" in the subject line with your name and your child's date of birth.
Baby's First Year: For parents & caregivers with their infants, ages birth – 1 year. Free virtual playgroup (until further notice) is offered Tuesdays (June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th) at 11:00 AM.
Baby Breakfast Club: Free breastfeeding group to answer breastfeeding questions, and discuss breastfeeding topics at different stages of development. Zoom meetings will be held on Mondays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (except holidays).
Mom’s Café: Free group for all new moms. We discuss all topics that relate to being a new
Mom! Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
WIC: Breastfeeding Moms Support Group on Thursdays at 1:30 pm, Exploring Baby Behavior and Infant Care Class on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm, and Free Breastfeeding Class on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm. You do not need to be a WIC participant to attend. Call 508-771-7896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entre Nosotras/Among Us, will be held Mondays - Fridays from 10:00-11:00 am. "Entre Nosotras" es nuestro grupo de apoyo GRATUITO para mamás con niños pequeños. Lunes - viernes, 10:00-11:00 am.
Pre-registration is not required. Phone: 929-205-6099, Meeting ID: 927-3312-4897.
for all parents
Meet with other parents & caregivers to create a support system that will provide opportunities to learn new skills, connect with peers, and receive information, mini webinars, and resources.
Active Parenting First Five Years: This class provides guidance and support regarding raising a child from the ages of 0-5, exploring physical development, bonding with your child, and more. The program is designed to serve all parents of children age 5 and under. For more information, call 508-815-5100.
Single Parenting Support Group: Join our monthly group, in a supportive environment for single moms and dads to share successes, challenges, and resources. All single parents are welcome at this non-therapeutic gathering, regardless of child(ren)’s age(s) and parenting situation. Every third Tuesday of the month, at 5:30 pm. For more information, call 508-815-5100.
Parenting Helping Parents
Parent Support Groups are free, confidential, and anonymous. These groups serve as a safe place for parents to express frustrations and concerns about their children and families and get advice from other parents who understand.
Mondays 9:00 am & 6:00 pm
Tuesdays 9:00 am & 3:00 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 am & 6:00 pm
Thursdays 9:00 am & 3:00 pm
Fridays 8:30 am & Noon
Use this link to join the meeting by computer or smartphone: https://zoom.us/j/6607380697
No Computer? Dial in by phone: +1 1646-558-8656 then input the meeting id 6607380697#
Parental Stress Line: You don’t have to keep doing it alone. Parents Helping Parents can help. Confidential and anonymous 24 hours/day, 7 days/week across Massachusetts. Call 1-800-632-8188.
Virtual Support Group (Worcester/North Central Area)
- Parent/Caregiver Support Group via Zoom on every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 6:00 pm. Meeting ID is 987 9897 8222 and password is 708467.
- Fun Family Drop-in Support via Phone every Friday at 9:00 am, phone number: 1(574) 807-6224 PIN: 481 219 769#
- Friday Family Support Group for Lynn Families via Zoom every Fridays at 6:30 pm. Meeting ID is 88427032709, password is FFSG 2020. For more information join group here or email Dalene at email@example.com
Hispanic Family Support Group
- Every Tuesday from 9:00-11:00 am
- Phone Number: 1(401) 542-3257 PIN:438 858 848
Set a Good Example (SAGE): Divorce has a profound impact on children; lessen the impact on yours. This class meets the court’s mandate for education for divorcing parents. For more information and registration, call Jessica at (774) 487-5386.
playgroups and parent support groups
Caregiver Connections: Tuesdays at 8:30 pm
Coalition for Children: Dads & Littles is a support group for new and seasoned dads to connect, ask questions, and learn about resources available to their families. Meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm. For more information, email CapeDadsGroups@gmail.com.
Community Action Family Center: Story times every Tuesday
Live Digital Storytime/Baby Lapsit with Joanne - Tuesdays at 10:00 am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom ID.
PJ Family Story Time - Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Baby Talk with Jane - Fridays at 9:30 am
Baby Yoga with Daniela - Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Summertime Adventure Series every Wednesday at 3:00 pm
Eliot Family Resource Center: Virtual playgroups every Tuesday at 11:00 am, call (781) 581-4750 or see Facebook page to register.
Family and Community Connections (Haverhill): Play group schedule posted weekly, see Facebook page for more details.
Grandparents Group - Every other Monday at 3:00 pm
Virtual ESL Group - Tuesdays at 5:00 pm & Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Wellness and Nutrition Virtual Class - Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Parents Helping Parents - Thursdays at 10:00 am
All Babies Cry One on One Group - Fridays at 10:00 am
Multilingual Playgroup - Mondays at 10:00 am
Multilingual 4 & 5 Year Olds - Tuesdays at 10:00 am
3 & 4 Year Olds Playgroup - Wednesdays at 11:00 am
2 Year Olds Playgroup - Thursdays at 10:00 am
1 Year Olds Playgroup - Fridays at 10:00 am
Pre-K Playgroup - Fridays at 11:00 am
Fitchburg Family Resource Center - starting May 13th Parenting Wisely Wednesdays at 10:00 am. RSVP to Kristin Cole at (978) 751-4164.
Tuesday, August 11 at 9:30 am - Circle Time & STEM Activities
MOC CFCE: Playgroups every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 am on Zoom. Now also offering activity kits. See page for dates and availability.
Stories and Songs - Mondays at 9:00 am
Virtual Play Group - Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Let's Get STEAM-ing - Tuesdays at 1:30 am
Stories and Songs for 0-2 year olds - Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Show and Tell Lunch Bunch - Thursdays at 11:00 am
Shake Your Sillies Out - Fridays at 9:00 am
Tuesdays at 10:00 am, Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, Thursdays at 10:00 am, and Fridays at 4:00 pm. Email email@example.com for the Zoom link.
Science Discovery Time - Mondays at 10:30 am
Music and Movement - Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Circle Time with Miss Leslie - Wednesdays at 3:00 pm
Toddler Story, Song, and Activity - Thursdays at 10:30 am
The Family Partnership Center (Ayer): Playgroup on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. See Facebook page for more details.
Making Music - Mondays at 11:00 am
Mindful Movements - Tuesdays at 9:30 am
Story Time and Activity - Wednesdays at 10:00 am & Fridays at 12:30 pm
STEM Story and Activity - Thursdays at 10:00 am
Art with Heart - Saturdays at 10:00 am
Virtual Playgroups on Mondays at 10:00 am, Tuesdays at 3:00 pm, Wednesdays at 10:30 am (Family Yoga), Thursdays at 3:00 pm, and Fridays at 10:00 am.
for parents who are caring for children with behavioral and mental health needs
PIN and the Whitman Counseling Center: Thursdays at 4:00 pm
Cape Cod PIN Caregiver Support Group is a confidential support group for parents raising children with emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs. This is an opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers that understand the struggles and victories of raising challenged children. Held every Saturday at 10:00 am. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dadminion! This event is for dads and other men who are challenged by a child’s mental, emotional, or behavioral needs and exists to encourage and enable fathers to pursue the well-being of their children through positive leadership, provision, protection, and presence. Meets every 2nd Saturday of the month at 5:00 pm. For more information, call Chris Bean at (508) 947-8779.
PPAL Family Network & Social Support: Special Education Drop-in Support via Phone on Mondays at 9:00 am. Call 1(574) 807-6224 with PIN: 481 219 769#
- Parenting Journey
- grandparents raising grandchildren
- Raising children with Behavioral and Mental Health needs
- Navigating the Special Education system
Virtual Parenting Cafe: Mondays at 2:00 pm and Fridays at 10:00 am. Register here.
Zoom Parent Support Group opportunity offered for parents and caregivers of individuals with developmental delays, disabilities, and family challenges. Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm. For more information or to register contact: Juliane at 774-352-1325 or email email@example.com.
Grupo Virtuales de apoyo: Lunes a la 11:00 am and Miercoles a la 1:00 pm
storytime and activities for kids
Acton-Boxborough Family Network: storytimes and activities posted daily
Agawam CFCE: crafts for kids posted daily
Bourne for Children: new storytime posted weekly
CFCE of Fall River: daily activities, story times. Also en Español.
Community Action Programs Intercity: virtual storytimes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 am, also available in Spanish
Community Network for Children (Erving): new storytime posted on Mondays
Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham: content posted daily. English/Spanish
Early Childhood Partners CFCE (Wenham): story times, sing alongs, and activities posted daily
Family and Community Connection (Haverhill): new content posted daily
The Family Partnership Center (Ayer): daily at 9:30 am
First Connections Concord Area CFCE: Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Home.City.Families (Springfield): posted weekly *in English/Spanish
Ipswich Birth to Three Family Center: story time and music time posted every week day.
Milford Public Schools: new recordings posted weekly
MOC CFCE (Bare): story times weekly
Newton Community Partnerships for Children and Families: Sing alongs on Mondays, Nature and Nurture on Wednesdays, and Adventure Club on Fridays
Pathways For Parents: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am and Fridays at 10:30 am
Sandwich Partnership for Families: Story times on Thursdays and Fridays at 10:00 am.
Shelburne Falls FB Group: story time and activities posted daily
Somerville Family Learning Collaborative: Tuesdays at 10:00 am, Wednesdays at 10:00 am, and Thursdays at 3:00 pm
South County Community Partnership: activities and story times posted daily
South Hadley CFCE: weekly story time and playgroup yoga
Triumph, Inc.: videos and activities posted weekly
Wareham Family CFCE: Beyond School Time read alongs, crafts, and activities posted on Facebook and website
Westwood Early Childhood: videos and activities posted weekly
Parenting Advice During Coronavirus
Child's Mind Institute: Parenting During Coronavirus: Live daily at 10:00 am and 4:30 pm