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
Cambridge Center for Families: Infant Playgroup - Tuesdays at 12:30 pm, View their calendar for sign-up information. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 349-6385.
Parent and Child Activities:
Nature Crafts - Mondays at 10:30 am and Fridays at 2:00 pm
Imagination Time for 2-5 year olds - Tuesdays at 11:30 am and Fridays at 9:30 am
Baby's First Year Group with Ali - Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Circle Time with Daniela - Fridays at 9:00 am
School Q&A Series: Mondays at 1:00 pm
Mindfulness Techniques for Self Care with Dan Schwartzman - Tuesdays at 8:30 am
Resource Table Talk on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
After School Line - Wednesdays at 5:00pm
Nurturing Fathers - Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Family Cafe - Thursdays at 11:00 am
Saturday Morning Chat - Saturdays at 9:00 am
Dad's Squad on November 7 to learn how to make a paper mache pumpkin center piece. Also offering Dad's Talk every second Tuesday of the month, designed for dads and father figures at a time when stress can be high, life is unpredictable, and there is less social time in our lives. Registration is required.
Self-Care Workshop on November 12 to discuss ways to care for yourself, how it varies from person to person, and ways to explore what works best for you.Registration is required.
Holiday Resource Table Talks on November 3 and November 5 at 4:00 pm to discuss all upcoming holiday resources - food, shelter, gift resources, mental health, and clothing.
Parent and Child Activities:
Tuesday Bilingual Read Aloud on Facebook
Weekly Playgroup Activity Kit Grab Bags
Family Center of Northern Berkshire County: see Facebook page or click here for all virtual offerings. Email email@example.com or call (413) 664-4821 for more information. Now offering story walks and outdoor activities.
Parent and Child Activities:
Daily Virtual Playgroups posted on Facebook at 11:00 am
Zoom Baby Group - Mondays at 10:00 am (registration required)
Williamstown Walking Group - Thursdays at 10:00 am (registration required)
Baby Walking Group, Wednesdays at 10:00 am (registration required)
1 2 3 Learn with Me Playgroup for Preschoolers - Fridays at 11:15 am (registration required)
Pajama Story Time - Saturdays at 6:30 pm
Facebook Story Times: Preschool on Thursdays at 10:30 am, Toddler on Fridays at 10:30 am, Act it Out on Sundays at 2:00 pm
Dad and Family Bingo via Zoom on November 9 at 5:00 pm. For Northern Berkshire dad and father figures and their children ages 8 years and under. Call 413-664-4821 to register.
Mom's Night In (Snowy Mason Jar craft) on November 16 at 4:00 pm via Zoom, to register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-664-4821.
Thanks for Thanksgiving Book & Craft Kits available for pickup on November 19 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Registration is required, call 413-664-4821.
No Worksheet Approach to Math: Counting, Sorting, Fun! on December 6 at 10:00 am. Call 413-664-4821 or email email@example.com to register.
Parent Support Zoom Chat - Thursdays at 2:00 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up.
Positive Discipline Series from October 13 to December 1 at 5:30 pm. Email email@example.com or call (413) 664-4821 ext.18 for more information.
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.
Activity Bag Pick-up at the Family Center - Mondays
Baby's First Year Zoom - Tuesdays at 3:30 pm
Tuesday Tales read by celebrities on Facebook - Wednesdays at 5:30 pm
Virtual Bilingual Bedtime Stories and Songs on Facebook - Wednesdays at 7:00/7:15 pm
Baby's First Year - Thursdays at 10:30 am (registration required)
Chalk Walk on Your Own & Outdoor Story Walk - Fridays
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.
Parent and Child Activities:
Nature Walks with Miss Andrea - Monday through Thursday - 9:00 am and/or 10:30 am (registration required)
Parent Education and Support:
How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk - Thursdays at 8:00 pm
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting - Tuesdays at 8:00 pm (registration required)
New Moms and Dads Group - Tuesdays at 12:30 pm
Valuing Our Children: Parent support groups, including grandparents and dads. View their calendar for more details. Check out their Facebook page for daily story walks, activities, and more! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (978) 249-8467 for more information.
Parent and Child Activities:
Daily Story Walks at Silver Lake - 9:00 am
Virtual Baby Time - Mondays at 1:00 pm
Lego STEM Club - Tuesdays at 10:00 am, register here
STEM Fun with Miss Aimee - Wednesdays at 10:00 am, register here
VOC Virtual Playgroup - Thursday at 10:00 am, register here
Parent Education and Support:
Virtual Grandparents' Group - Thursdays at 11:00 am, register here
Virtual Moms' Connection on Zoom - Fridays at 11:30 am
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.
For questions about JF&CS's New Parent Support Groups, contact Diane Gardner, Support Group Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Creative Coping Online: A great way for new first-time moms and moms- to- be to connect with other moms and to get some helpful advice/information to help navigate motherhood during these times. Starting on September 23, every Wednesday at 10:30 am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (781) 338-7607 for more information.
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
Westwood Early Childhood: Baby Knead, a virtual program for parents and babies birth to 6 months. Themes include infant growth and development, baby massage, sign language, and more! Mondays at 10:30 am, register here.
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 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.
Parents 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.
Monday Parenting Group - Mondays at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm
Grupo de apoyo en línea para padres de habla hispana on Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Group for Parents with Teens with Special Needs on Wednesdays at 4:00 pm
Group for Parents working w/ Department of Children and Family Services on Thursdays at 12:00 pm
Informal Social Parenting Group - Thursdays at 8:30 pm
Lunch and Learn Parenting Group - Fridays 12:00 pm
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 +1 646-558-8656.
- Fun Friday Family Support 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 1st and 3rd Tuesday on Zoom from 10:00 - 12:00 am
- Meeting ID: 958 6633 3379 / Password: 246553 / +16465588656
Email Irelsa and Joel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Clinton Community Partnerships (CFCE): Virtual Parent Support Group every Thursday at 6:30 pm, contact Ms. Pat at email@example.com for details.
Play, Learn, and Grow Together - Tuesdays at 3:45 pm
Let's Go to Kindergarten! - Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
PJ Story Time - Thursdays at 6:00 pm
Baby Talk/Parent Chat - Fridays at 1:00 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
Summertime Adventure Series every Wednesday at 3:00 pm
Pre-K Hooray Story Time - Mondays at 10:00 am
First Friends Virtual Story Time - Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Little Learners Interactive Story Time - Thursdays at 10:00 am
Stories and Songs Interactive Story Time - Fridays at 10:00 am
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 Connection (Haverhill): Schedule posted weekly, includes story times, virtual playgroups, outdoor activities, and story walks. 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 3-5 Year Olds - Tuesdays at 10:00 am
6-11 Month Old Parent/Child Group - Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Military Families Multi-Age Playgroup - Wednesdays at 11:00 am
2 Year Olds Playgroup - Thursdays at 10:00 am
1 Year Olds Playgroup - Fridays at 10:00 am
STEAM Playgroup for Ages 3-5 - 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.
Home. City. Families: Playgroups on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am.
Milford Family and Community Network: Circle Time with Miss Harmony on Tuesdays at 9:30 am for children birth to 5 years and My First Book Club on Thursdays at 10:00 am. Email email@example.com for more information. Now offering nature walks, and outdoor activities.
Newton Community Partnerships for Children and Families: Playgroup for children ages 1-5 years on Mondays and Infant playgroup on Thursdays. See here for more details and registration.
Stories and Songs - Mondays at 9:00 am
Hello Baby! Now What? Support Group - Mondays at 10:00 am
Itsy Bitsy Stories & Songs for 6mo - 2 year olds - Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Stories, Songs, and Show & Tell for 2-5 year olds - Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Mystery Reader - Thursdays at 9:00 am
Shake Your Sillies Out - Fridays at 9:00 am
Music and Movement - Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Nature Time with Jen & Gina - Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Ms. Marsha's Story & Crafts - Fridays at 11:00 am
Literacy Playgroup with Meg - Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Toddler Playgroup with Meg - Wednesdays at 11:00 am
Preschool Playgroup with Marla - Wednesdays at 11:00 am
STEM Playgroup with Becca - Thursdays at 3:00 pm
The Family Partnership Center (Ayer): Zoom meetings posted on Facebook as well as prerecorded activities and baby sign language.
ABC-123 Group for ages 2.9 to 5 years - Mondays at 9:30 am on Facebook
Story Time and Craft - Wednesdays at 9:30 am on Facebook
Music and Movement for ages 15 month to 5 years - Fridays at 10:00 am on Zoom
ASQ's - Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
Remote Story Time - Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Virtual Playgroups on Mondays at 4:00 pm, Tuesdays at 10:00 am, Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Thursdays at 5:00 pm (cooking), and Fridays at 10:00 am.
YMCA Family and Community Partnership (Sutton): Playgroups and story times offered daily. Sign-up for their email newsletter to access the Zoom links and more information: www.theyfcp.org. If you do not live in the YMCA service area, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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#
PPAL Statewide Meetings for parents/caregivers of children with behavioral health needs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- 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: story times, resources, and activities posted daily
Agawam CFCE: crafts for kids posted daily, now also offering story walks, craft bags, and outdoor activities
Bourne for Children: new story time posted weekly, now also offering story walks and outdoor activities
Brockton CFCE: Activities and story times posted daily
CFCE of Fall River: daily activities and story times. Also en Español. Now also offering outdoor activities.
Clinton Community Partnerships (CFCE): activities and resources posted daily, now offering outdoor activities every Tuesday and Thursday starting on September 29. See Facebook for details.
Community Network for Children (Erving): new story time posted on Mondays along with activities and resources, now offering story walks.
Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham: bilingual activities and story times posted daily
Early Childhood Partners CFCE (Wenham): story times, sing alongs, and activities posted daily
Falmouth Coalition for Children: new activities and story times added every weekday. Hola Spanish for Kids on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am starting September 23. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Family and Community Connection (Haverhill): new content posted daily
The Family Partnership Center (Ayer): activities posted every Tuesday and Friday
First Connections Concord Area CFCE: Story times on Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start: activities and resources posted daily, now offering story walks.
Home.City.Families (Springfield): activities, story times, and prerecorded play groups posted weekly *in English/Spanish
Hull Family Network: activities, story times, and resources posted daily, now offering story walks
School Linked Services CFCE (Lunenburg): Facebook group
Milford Family and Community Network: new recordings posted weekly
MOC CFCE (Bare): story times, activities, and resources posted weekly
Newton Community Partnerships for Children and Families: Sing alongs on Mondays, Nature and Nurture on Wednesdays, and Adventure Club on Fridays. Now offering story walks and activity bags.
Nantucket Community Network for Children: posts resources and activities weekly.
ORR Early Childhood Office: activities and resources posted weekly.
Pathways For Parents: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am and Fridays at 10:30 am. Now offering story walks.
Sandwich Partnership for Families: story times and activities, also now offering story walks, nature walks, and outdoor activities.
Saugus CFCE: activities and resources posted daily.
Shelburne Falls FB Group: story time and activities posted daily
Somerville Family Learning Collaborative: activities and multilingual story times posted daily.
South Berkshire Kids: Baby Zoom every Monday at 10:00am, Zoom Brain Builders every Tuesday at 10:30 am, story times weekly, email email@example.com to reserve your zoom number. Now also offering story walks and outdoor activities.
South County Community Partnership: activities and story times posted daily
South Hadley CFCE: activities and resources posted weekly. More programming coming soon.
Triumph, Inc.: videos and activities posted weekly, story times with Miss Nicole on Mondays at 10:00 am
Wareham Family CFCE: Beyond School Time read alongs, crafts, and activities posted on Facebook and website
Watertown Public School Early Childhood Partners: Story times, resources, and activities, now offering story walks.
Westwood Early Childhood: Now offering story walks and outdoor activities.
Parenting Advice During Coronavirus
Child's Mind Institute: Parenting During Coronavirus: Live daily at 10:00 am and 4:30 pm