News & Event
Offered by the Center for Early Relationship Support®. Do you have a new baby under one? Would you like to meet other parents? Parents are invited to come with their infants. Our groups are free. Registration is not necessary, please come when you can.
(Portuguese and Spanish speaking group)
Fridays, 10:30 a.m. - noon
St. Anthony's Church
43 Holton Street
For more information, call Jacqueline Caceres at 781-693-5022.
Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Calvary United Methodist Church
300 Massachusetts Avenue
There are 3 floors in the building. If you use the elevator, push the button for the first floor, not the second. If you are not using the elevator, enter the door facing Linwood Street and proceed straight down the hall and through the double doors. We are in the large room on the right.
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
18 Phillips Street
This program is presented in collaboration with the Vilna Shul.
Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Temple Ohabei Shalom
1187 Beacon Street
Temple Ohabei Shalom has two entrances (office entrance on Beacon Street and the preschool entrance on Marshall Street). Please enter via the office entrance on Beacon Street. Ring the bell, announce that you are coming to the New Moms group, and you will be buzzed into the building. The group is held in the library.
Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Congregation Eitz Chayim
134-136 Magazine Street
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Curtis Hall Third Floor Dance Studio
20 South Street
Curtis Hall is located right next to the main branch of the library. The group meets on the third floor and there is elevator access.
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Temple Beth Shalom
21 E. Foster Street
Tuesdays, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Medford Family Network (at Medford High School)
489 Winthrop Street
Come straight up the driveway toward Medford High School. At the left hand corner of the building is a fenced-in children's play area. The Medford Family Network is right there (the only purple door in the building) with a large round sign with the MFN logo and name. You can park anywhere across the street (one long row of parking spaces). There is a ramp up to the door for strollers, and a doorbell to gain entrance.
Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Grace Church, 385 Essex Street
Starting on January 4
Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Temple Israel of Sharon
125 Pond Street
(Portuguese and Spanish speaking group)
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Temple Beth Israel (Behind Hannaford Supermarket)
25 Harvard Street
Fridays, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Watertown Family Network
30 Common Street
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Congregation B'nai Shalom
117 East Main Street
Separation and divorce, custody, visitation, and litigation are stressful for children, putting them at high risk for depression or behavioral issues. Most children, with the help of their parents, will adjust to living in a two-household family.
This five-hour educational program for parents is required by the state of Massachusetts for all divorcing parents with minor children. It is completed by attending two 2½ hour sessions and is conducted by JF&CS clinicians. The focus of the program is on the varied needs of children during the challenging time of disruption and transition that often accompanies divorce.
September 13 & 14
October 11 & 12
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
September 26 & 27
October 24 & 25
646 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Cost: $80 per person
Pre-registration is required. To register, please call 508-755-3101. State regulations prohibit joint attendance by divorcing couples at the same session. Childcare is not provided.
The JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support® is offering parents whose babies or young children spent time in the NICU an opportunity to share their experiences, listen to each other, and join in community. Parents will have the chance to hear each other's voices about expectations, loss, surprises, and challenges of the journey of parenting a child born prematurely or under special circumstances. This parent-centered group will be led by a clinician from the JF&CS Oliver, Ian, and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program.
Who: Parents whose babies and young children had a NICU experience
Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
When: Thursday, December 7
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Babies in arms welcome
This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
To register or for more information, please contact Wendy Hurwitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-693-5623.
This evening is offered by the Fragile Beginnings Preemie Parent Alliance of the JF&CS Oliver, Ian and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program.
This support group for parents of multiples is offered by the Center for Early Relationship Support®. Come share the unique experiences of parenting more than one baby.
There will be no group on Tuesday, December 26. Meetings will resume their normal time, date, and location the following week.
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Eliot Church
474 Centre Street, Newton
FREE. Registration is not necessary, walk-ins welcome. For more information, please contact Diane Gardner at email@example.com or 781-693-1351.
The Center for Early Relationship no longer provides a weekly breastfeeding support group in partnership with the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). CHA will continue to offer a drop-in breastfeeding support group on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10:00 am to noon at Cambridge Health Alliance, 8 Camelia Avenue, Cambridge.
Presented by Don Meyer, Director, Sibling Support Project
Sibshops reflect a belief that our communities need to acknowledge the difficulties faced by brothers and sisters of children with special needs and provide them with the opportunity to connect with each other in the same way that many parents of children with special needs have benefited from sharing their experiences.
Open to interested participants across New England including adult siblings, parents, grandparents, and family members of children/teens as well as professionals, organizational staff who wish to facilitate a Sibshop in their local community, and social workers who work with families that have siblings as part of the family.
A Sibling's Perspective: Interviews with Don Meyer and Seven Young Siblings
If you are interested in your typically developing sibling participating in the demonstration sibshop, coordinated by Don Meyer during the conference, we are looking for children ages 8-13 year old to participate in Friday's Demonstration Workshop. During the Demonstration Sibshop, adult participants will put on their jeans, tee-shirts, and sneakers to join Don Meyer as he conducts a Sibshop for a group of 8-to-13 year old local brothers and sisters. This workshop provides participants with the materials and a first hand account of what they will need to start, plan, and conduct the activities for their own Sibshop group in their community. The Demonstration Sibshop can also be the “kick-off” for an on-going program in the host community. Following the Sibshop, trainees will debrief and finalize plans for creating Sibshops in their own communities. Email Doreen Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to participate.
The primary goal of this workshop is to train new Sibshops facilitators and administrators as well as adult siblings, service providers, and parents. During the two days of the Sibshop training, these participants will learn about sibs’ lifelong concerns, find out how to organize a local Sibshop, and experience what a Sibshop is as they join Don and local young brothers and sisters for a four-hour demonstration sibshop. Trainees who would like to become a Sibshops facilitator must attend both days of the Sibshops training. Upon completion of the two-day training, they may (upon registration) start their own local Sibshop.
The secondary goal of this workshop is to educate parents, service providers, and others about sibs’ ever-changing issues across the lifespan. This is an audience interested in sibling issues but not necessarily interested in how to run a Sibshop. This audience attends the first day of the two-day training.
View a typical two-day Sibshops training schedule.
When: Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Leventhal-Sidman JCC
333 Nahanton Street, Newton
Day 1 Only: Parents/Students - $110, Professionals - $160
Days 1 & 2: Parents/Students - $160, Professionals - $210
Please contact Doreen Cummings at email@example.com with questions.
Offered by Jewish Family & Children's Service in collaboration with the Massachusetts Sibling Support Network and thanks to generous funding from the Ruderman Family Foundation.
This telephone support group for parents whose babies have spent time in the NICU provides an opportunity to connect with other parents who have shared similar experiences and concerns:
This group, facilitated by a Fragile Beginnings Clinician, meets weekly and parents are invited to register for one month at a time. By participating for a full month, parents are given the opportunity to get to know one another. The group is offered at no charge to participants.
noon - 1:00 p.m.
Where: A call-in number will be provided upon registration.
RSVP: Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and name and age of your child. We will reply with the call-in information and confirm the dates for the month's sessions.
Next Session: Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27
This group is offered by the Oliver, Ian, and Serenity Wolk Fragile Beginnings program of the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support®. JF&CS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human service agency.
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451