Massachusetts Parenting Support Groups and Playgroups by Region

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Berkshires

Parents Helping Parents

In-person parent support groups:

Pittsfield (temporarily virtual) – Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm. Contact Melia H. at 413-464-5280.

Great Barrington (temporarily virtual) – Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm


18 Degrees - Family Services for Western Massachusetts

See their event calendar for family support groups in English and Spanish happening weekly.


Springfield


Parents Helping Parents

In-person parent support groups:

Springfield – 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month 10:00am-11:00am. Contact Lisa R. at 413-733-3316.


Home.City.Families

Outdoor playground meet-ups this summer:

Mondays 10:30-11:30am from July 12-August 16 at Glickman School Playground

Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am from July 14-August 18 at Ells School Back Play Area

Registration requested by called 787-6959 x 8.


Pathways for Parents

Series of programming preparing for kids entering Kindergarten and other events. Check their Facebook page to stay updated on programming.


Central


Parents Helping Parents

In-person parent support groups:

Worcester – Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm. Call 617-926-5008 x 108 to register.


PPAL Support Groups

Hispanic Family Support Social – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays every month from 10:00am-12:00pm

-Zoom link

-Email Irelsa and Joel at Parentsupportgroup@ppal.net with questions

Winchendon Family Network Social – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays every month from 3:30-5:00pm

-Zoom link

-Email Kathy and Ann at Parentsupportgroup@ppal.net with questions

Family Network Social – 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm

-Zoom link

-Email Kathy and Ann at Parentsupportgroup@ppal.net with questions


Clinton Community Partnerships CFCE

Virtual Parent Support Group every Thursday at 6:30 pm, contact Ms. Pat at hammondp@clinton.k12.ma.us for details. Visit their Facebook group for other updates.


Fitchburg Family Resource Center

All programs are still remote. See their website for the weekly programs happening each month. Programs are offered in English and Spanish.


Milford Family and Community Network CFCE

Outdoor summer playgroups Tuesdays and Wednesday 9:30-10:30am from July 13-August 11 at the Hopedale Playcenter. See here for more details and the registration link.


MOC CFCE

Virtual and in-person playgroups are being offered this summer. Check their Facebook page for monthly calendars and updates on these events.


Worcester Family Partnership

Virtual Playgroups

-Mondays at 10:00am

-Mondays at 11:00am in Spanish

-Tuesdays at 10:00am

-Wednesdays at 10:00am, 11:00am (baby group), and 7:00pm

-Thursdays at 10:00am

-Fridays at 10:00am

-Alternating Saturdays at 10:00am

Find the Zoom link to the playgroups on their Facebook page and call Beth at 508-799-3136 or email vietze@worcesterschools.net for more information.


YMCA Family & Community Partnership

Check their Facebook page for weekly programs. There will be some in-person programming.


Northeast


Lynn Family Forward Resource Center

See their Facebook page for monthly newsletters and other events.


Parents Helping Parents

In-person parent support groups:

Gloucester (childcare and transportation available) – Tuesdays 5:15-6:30pm. Contact Tanya at 978-281-2400 x 5382.

Lawrence (in Spanish) – Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm [contact Richie at 617-926-5008 x 108] and Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm [contact Grace at 978-332-8250]


CFCE of the North Shore

Check their Facebook page for information about parenting workshops and events for kids of all ages. There are both some outside, in-person and virtual events.


Early Childhood Partners CFCE

Play is essential to child development and well-being. Join them for “Summer of Play” to help your child recover from the stress of COVID-19. Learn more about the “Summer of Play” at their website and follow them on Facebook for other information.


Family and Community Connection (Haverhill)

Outdoor event opportunities posted regularly on their Facebook page.


Family and Community Resource Center of Lawrence

Please email licid@fsmv.org or call (978)975-8800 for more information.


The Family Partnership Center (Ayer)

Music and Movement in-person playgroups

-Tuesdays at 9:30am

-Thursdays at 10:00am

-Registration link

Check their Facebook page for updated information.


Metrowest


First Connections CFCE Concord

Virtual live circle time every Wednesday at 10:00 am on Facebook.

In-person, outdoor playgroups all summer. See the summer newsletter for more details.


Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham

See the schedules of events and register here for in-person and virtual offerings.


Boston metro


JF&CS New Parent Support Groups:

Arlington New Parents Group: Fridays, 10:00-11:30am

Brookline New Parents Group: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am
Cambridge New Parents Group: Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am

Dorchester New Parents Support Group: Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am
Jamaica Plain New Parents Group: Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00pm
Medford New Parents Group: Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00pm
Melrose New Parents Group: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm

Watertown New Parents Group: Fridays, 9:15-10:45am

Nuestro grupo en español se reúne los martes. Contact Cynthia Barzelatto: cbarzelatto@jfcsboston.org

For questions about JF&CS's New Parent Support Groups, contact Diane Gardner, Support Group Coordinator, at dgardner@jfcsboston.org.


North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network

Virtual parent groups and playgroups as well as upcoming in-person events. Visit their website here to see all the offerings.


Eliot Family Resource Center

Virtual playgroups every Tuesday at 11:00 am, call (781) 581-4750 or see Facebook page to register.


Parents Helping Parents

In-person parent support groups:

Roxbury - Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm. Contact Chris at 617-299-0614.

Dedham (temporarily virtual) – Mondays 6:30-8:00pm. Contact Richie at 617-926-5008 x 108.

Newton (childcare available) – Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm. Contact Bei at 617-396-7565.

Quincy – Thursday 6:30-8:00pm. Contact Nancy at 781-331-3125.

Waltham – Tuesdays at 7:15-9:00pm. Contact Marcia at 617-926-5008 x 108.


Somerville Family Learning Collaborative

Outdoor Playgroup Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am – register here

New Parents Support Group Fridays 1:00-2:30pm via Zoom – register by emailing sfn@k12.somerville.ma.us

In This Together Support Group Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm via Zoom – register by emailing sfn@k12.somerville.ma.us

Check their Facebook page for more details.


Southeast


Westwood Early Childhood

Summer Outdoor Playgroups for children ages 2-5 every Tuesday at 9:00am. Email Janet Lucey for more information, jlucey@westwood.k12.ma.us.


Parents Helping Parents

In-person parent support groups:

Fall River – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month 6:00-7:00pm. Contact Jaime at 617-926-5008 x 108.


Brockton CFCE

Check their Facebook page for upcoming events. Contact Joni at brocktonfce@bpsma.org or call (508) 580-7491 for more information.


Community Partnerships for Children and Families: Newton, Wayland, Weston

In-person and Zoom programming. Use this link to register for the in-person programs and email ramshawn@newton.k12.ma.us to reserve a spot on the Zoom programs.

Strollerwalks for ages 0-2 every other Monday at 10:00am (locations in Metrowest)

Nature and Nurture Playgroup for ages 2-6 every other Monday at 10:00am (Weston Public Library outdoor area)

Inclusive playgroup for ages 1-5 every Wednesday at 10:00am (Hyde Playground in Newton)

Infant group for ages 0-1 every Thursday at 9:30am (Zoom)

Inclusive playgroup for ages 1-5 every Thursday at 10:30am (Zoom)

Bilingual English/Spanish playgroup for ages 0-6 every Friday at 11:00am (Zoom)


Plymouth Family Network

Offering outdoor programming. See the calendar to stay updated on upcoming events.


Quincy Family Resource Center

Check their Facebook group to see monthly calendars of groups and events.


Self Help Inc. CFCE

Offering virtual and outside programming. Check the calendar here and stay up to date through their Facebook page.


Triumph, Inc. Community Programming

Check their Facebook page for upcoming events and registration information.


Cape and the islands


Cape Cod Healthcare Childbirth & Parenting Education and Support

Mom’s Café – Virtual class every Friday to discuss topics related to being a new mom.

Baby Breakfast Club – Virtual class every Monday for breastfeeding mothers.


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 508-317-0467for more information and access to Facebook group and class. Will resume in-person classes in Yarmouth Port when possible.


Cape Cod Family Resource Center

Visit their Facebook page to see the monthly event calendars. Call 508-815-5100 to get more details or register for any of our activities.


Parents Helping Parents

In-person parent support group:

Nantucket – Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm. Contact Suzanne F. at 508-332-9823.


PPAL Support Groups

Friday Family Support Group for Lynn Families – Fridays 6:30pm

-Zoom link

-Email Dalene at ptahsw@verizon.net with questions


Coalition for Children

See their website for information on drop-in outdoor and virtual programs. These include storywalks, virtual playgroups, and field-trip Fridays.


Virtual from anywhere


Parents of Multiples Support Group for parents with multiples under one year old, Thursdays 10:00-11:30am

Parents of Toddlers Support Group for parents with toddlers, ages 1-3, on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30pm

Fragile Beginnings Zoom Support Group, for parents whose babies have spent time in the NICU, Tuesdays from noon-1:00pm


Parents Helping Parents

Parenting Group for Parents Working with DCF – Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm and Fridays 7:00-8:00pm.

Lunch and Learn Online Parenting Group – Fridays 12:00-1:00pm

Single Parents Support Group – Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm

Meetup Monday Parenting Connection – Mondays 6:00-7:00pm

Informal Social Parenting Group – Mondays 6:30-7:30pm


PPAL Support Groups

Getting Connected Parents of Transition Age Youth – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm

-Zoom link

-Email Dawn at dchristie@ppal.net with questions

State Approved Parent Education Programs


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Support groups on Zoom 1st and 3rd Monday evenings every month from 7:30-8:30pm and 1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings every month from 9:30-10:30am. See the newsletter here with the Summer schedule and registration link.

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