Even though we know you are all hugging your little ones a little closer right now, the day-to-day pressures of keeping it all together and the kids occupied are real. Here are some ways to keep your children busy and to cope during this challenging time.
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
Story time with Maggie - Mondays at 10:00 am
Family Coffee Chat - Mondays at 10:00 am
School Q&A - Mondays at 1:00 pm
Baby’s First Year Playgroup - Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Baby/Toddler Yoga with Daniela - Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Tykes and Toddler Yoga and Movement - Thursdays at 9:00 am
Circle Time with Daniela - Fridays at 9:00 am
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
Dad's Group with Matt Daniels, LMHC: Support for dads and father figures, on May 28 and June 25 at 3:00 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (508) 240-3310 to preregister.
For Grandparents raising Grandchildren: Every third Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm, call 508-815-5100 for more information.
Family Center of Northern Berkshire County: see Facebook page for all virtual offerings
For Preschoolers - Monday at 10:30 am
Toddlers - Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Babies - Wednesday at 10:30 am
Music and Movement - Thursdays at 10:30 am
Classic Storytime - Fridays at 10:30 am
Pajama Storytime - 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 posted on their Facebook page every day at 11:00 am.
Martha's Vineyard Family Center: Weekdays on Zoom and Facebook Live.
Medford Family Network: New Moms and Dads Group - Tuesday at 12:30 pm. 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 post-partum 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.
For questions about JF&CS's New Parent Support Groups, contact Diane Gardner, Support Group Coordinator, at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 June 9 & 23 at 3:30 pm, and Free Breastfeeding Class on June 2, 16, and 30 at 3:30 pm. You do not need to be a WIC participant to attend. Call 508-771-7896 or email email@example.com.
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 Parent 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)
- Every Monday and Friday from 9:00-11:00 am
- Family Support Drop-In (need a resource, have a question or just feel like chatting)
- Phone Number: 1(574) 807-6224 PIN: 481 219 769#
Hispanic Family Support Group
- Every Tuesday from 9:00-11:00 am
- Phone Number: 1(401) 542-3257 PIN:438 858 848
playgroups and parent support groups
Bourne for Children: Story time posted regularly and Good Morning Circle Time on Wednesdays at 9:00 am
Caregiver Connections: Tuesdays at 8:30 pm
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
Fitchburg Family Resource Center - starting May 13th Parenting Wisely Wednesdays at 10:00 am. RSVP to Kristin Cole at (978) 751-4164.
North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network - Parents of infants up to 6 months - Mondays at 10:30 am. Drop-in for families with kids up to age 5 - Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 am and Thursdays at 3:30 pm. Support group for Grandparents raising Grandchildren - Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and Thursdays at 4:00 pm. Email email@example.com for the Zoom link.
Pathways for Parents: Grow, Play, and Learn Group for children birth to age 4 every Friday at 10:00 am.
Tuesdays at 10:00 am, Wednesdays at 4:00 pm, Thursdays at 10:00 am, and Fridays at 4:00 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
- 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
Watertown Family Network: New Parent Support Group for families with children displaying challenging behavior on June 1, June 8, and June 15 at 7:00 pm.
storytime and activities for kids
Acton-Boxborough Family Network: storytimes and activities posted daily
Agawam CFCE: crafts for kids and virtual coffee hours for parents
Ashburnham-Westminster RSD CFCE: play groups, story times, crafts posted daily
Bourne for Children: new storytime posted weekly
CFCE of Fall River: daily activities, story times. Also en Español.
CFCE of the North Shore: activities and story times posted daily, also available in Portuguese.
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
Newton Community Partnerships for Children and Families: Sing alongs on Mondays, Nature and Nurture on Wednesdays, and Adventure Club on Fridays
Nantucket Community Network for Children: Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 am
Pathways For Parents: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am and Fridays at 10:30 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