• Freedman Center

    Support Groups for New Babies, New Moms and New Dads. (Photo by Jenny Devereaux, www.jennydev.com)

  • Freedman Center Teens

    Groups for parents of adolescents and teens

  • Freedman Center

    Support Groups for New Babies, New Moms and New Dads. (Photos by Jenny Devereaux, www.jennydev.com)

  • Freedman Center

    Supporting Adolescents

  • Freedman Center

    Support Groups for New Babies, New Moms and New Dads.

Get Connected

For Parents of Young and Elementary School Children

Children’s  Trust Fund    www.onetoughjob.org
A 2010 National Parenting  Publication Award (NAPPA) winner, this site offers access to reliable, current, and practical  parenting resources on an easy-to-navigate site.  It includes information on raising children  from infancy through adolescence and is available in Spanish.

Child Care
For  free assistance in locating childcare in Massachusetts, check the MA Dept of  Early Education and Care website.   For Newton resources, contact Newton Community Partnerships for Children and  Families, Beverly_mobilia@newton.k12.ma.us

Boston  Central    www.bostoncentral.com
Review an extensive, diverse calendar of events  for children and parents in the greater Boston  area, a free email newsletter and a searchable list of local parenting  resources. Sort activities by date, type, or region.

Boston.com  Moms   www.boston.com/life/moms
Visit this special section of the Boston Globe’s  site containing an events calendar, discussion boards, blogs, articles, parent  resource guides and photos.

Boston  Mamas    www.bostonmamas.com
Read a blog by Boston Mama, Christine Koh, plus articles  by several regular contributors and a list of local parent groups.

Boston  Parents Paper    boston.parenthood.com
Find a digital edition of the popular and award  winning Boston Parents Paper, plus blogs, pregnancy and parenting tips, expert  advice, and video testimonials. 

Baby  Center   www.babycenter.com
Access development calendars, cost calculators,  growth charts, a recall finder and an online community plus retail coupons and  freebies. Customize your account to receive weekly emails about your child’s development.

Zero to Three   zerotothree.org
A national,  nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals,  and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. Website information includes articles on early  development, behavior, care and education, public policy, and many other  topics.    

The Bump   www.thebump.com
Enjoy a resource from birth to preschool for  local parents by local parents.  Find  ratings and reviews for retail stores, activities, restaurants, services,  events and more - all contributed by parents in your city or town.      

Mom’s & Dad’s  Guide    www.momsanddadsguide.com
A Boston area online guide developed by two  local moms includes information on activities and events for the Metro West,  Metro South, and the South Shore areas.   Sections include birthdays, camps, childcare & education, community,  special sections, sports, articles, blogs, and coupons. 

MA Dept of Early  Education and Care    www.mass.gov
List of MA Early Childhood Resource Centers,  offering materials and resources to the early childhood community.

Common Sense Media   www.commonsensemedia.org  
Recommended by MA Children’s Trust Fund, this  site has reviews of movies, games, TV shows and more so parents can be informed  about choices.  Also offered are advice  about media’s impact on Children, education tools and curricula, and policy to  improve the media landscape.

Boston Youth Zone   www.bostonyouthzone.com
An interactive site run  by the City of Boston that lists activities and opportunities for both kids and  teens.  It is a great resource for  parents and is a great way for young people to connect all over the city of Boston.  Sections include schools, sports, culture,  after-school, resources, and health. 

City of NewtonYouth Services   www.newtonma.gov
A government-run website for the town of Newton  that highlights the resources available to youths and their families.   A  Youth Interagency Task Force (YITF) comprised of youth services providers from  across the City, the YITF meets on a quarterly basis to share information and  address issues of concern and importance related to youth. All known youth  services providers, their contact information, and an overview of their  programs are now listed in the City’s annual Youth Services Resource Booklet,  available on the site.     

Newton Cares  www.newtonma.gov
Coalition for Suicide Prevention  and Mental Health. The mission of Newton Cares is to raise awareness and  identify strategies to assist in creating a healthy, empowered community that  promotes emotional wellbeing across the lifespan. 

List of MA Family  Networks  www.bostoncentral.com
Massachusetts Family Networks,  state-funded education and support program for  families with children up to age three,   are places to find free or very low cost playgroups, support groups, and  age-appropriate play spaces. Programs also provide home visits, developmental  screening,  adult education, family  education, and family literacy activities. MFN is a creative collaboration of resources including public schools,  Community Services, health professionals, social services providers, the local  business community, and civic organizations.

MA Assistance Programs   massresources.org/education
Resource information for various types of  assistance in MA including child care, education, health, food and housing,  legal, transportation and many others. 

Baby Basics, INC.  babybasicsinc.org
Baby Basics, INC. is  a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that provides and distributes free  diapers to babies of the working/near poor in the communities of South Boston,  MA and Needham/Dedham, MA. We have provided well over 1,000,000 diapers to over   1,000 children in South Boston and are now serving Needham and Dedham. To find a diaper bank  near you, visit: nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org

Centre Street Food Pantry  centrestfoodpantry.org
Supplies food items to families and individuals  in need from Newton and surrounding communities. They consistently provide access to nutritious food in a dignified and sensitive environment. The Centre Street Food Pantry is a non-profit organization and a member of the Greater  Boston Food Bank

Newton Mother’s Forum   www.newtonmoms.com
A non-profit organization created to help  mothers in Newton and the surrounding areas meet and get to know each other,  share ideas and information, and build a community for themselves and their  families. Our local outreach programs are focused on raising various donations  to help children and families in the community. If you have any questions about  the Newton Mothers' Forum, please email us at newtonmothers@gmail.com

Fit Mamas
A coached running group for moms who want to be  fit, meet new people and have fun! Our goal is to inspire moms in Newton and the surrounding areas to enhance their fitness through running. We offer  something for everyone, regardless of fitness level, because we believe that  every mama can be a Fit Mama! For more information email us at fitmamasnewton@gmail.com

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