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Parenting Education Workshops
The MFN’s Parenting Education Workshops are designed to challenge participants to try new strategies, build on personal strengths and values, and incorporate new learning into their parenting skills. See our news and events page for workshops that are currently available. Registration is required for all parenting education workshops.
The MFN offers weekly 12-week playgroups that are held at the Family Center and other sites in the city. These playgroups require registration in advance and are designed for parents and caregivers of children from 10 months to five years: Creepin’ Crawlers (age 10 – 14 months); Waddlin’ & Toddlin’ (age 15 – 20 months); Yahoo Crew (ages 21 -33 months); Kiddie Glee (age 34 – 47 months); and Fun Galore (age 47 – 60 months). These playgroups are facilitated by a playgroup leader and foster parent/child interaction through play, social connections for parents, and provide information on child development and community resources.
See our newsletter for playgroups that are currently available. Registration is required for all playgroups.
From September through June, MFN offers Drop-In Playtime at the Family Center at the Medford High School. See our news and events page for specific days and times. The Family Center is equipped with activity areas such as blocks, books/puzzles, open art, housekeeping, dramatic play, puppets with a puppet stage, and math manipulatives; pla-doh; a gated infant space; bathroom with changing table; lending library, parenting and family support information display areas; and welcoming staff to answer questions and/or take registrations for other programs. Registration is not required, but all participants must sign in and out at the Center.
In July and August the MFN offers Traveling Playgroups in the Park at the parks around Medford. Miss Andrea will be there with bubbles, balls, sidewalk chalk, art activities, parachute play, free books, songs, puzzles and more! See our news and events page for specific days and times.
The front foyer of the Family Center holds a variety of items such as children’s and adult’s clothing, books, formula, and baby equipment. Families are welcome to bring and/or take items as needed. A major Swap Day offering three rooms full of gently used items is held on a quarterly basis on a Saturday. Supermarket and other gift certificates are donated by families to distribute to families in need. There is an annual Thanksgiving Basket and Holiday Gift drive that MFN conducts with local schools, student organizations, churches and a synagogue to distribute food and gifts to local families. See our news and events page for the date of the Swap Day.
MFN hosts special events throughout the year that include: the International Family Festival, Curious George Literacy Breakfast, summer Family Concerts, Story Walk, Friday Night Fun with Families, Friends and Knucklebones and the Teddy Bear Picnic. MFN collaborates with local organizations and you will find us at citywide events such as Tufts Community Day, Hallmark Health Fair, Jingle Bell Festival, Victorian Stroll, and Harvest Your Energy Festival. See our news and events page for current special events.
Free Family Concerts are held at Wright’s Pond and the Condon Shell each Tuesday evening in July and August and feature children’s entertainers such as Ben Rudnick and Friends Band, Matt Heaton & the Outside Toys, Karen K & the Jitterbugs, Alastair Moock, Ethan Rossiter & the Jamberries and All Hands Drumming among others!
MFN has many parent leadership opportunities: MFN Advisory Board (AB); AB Committees: Program, Outreach, Legislative Action, Administrative, Publicity/Marketing; volunteer Playgroup Leaders; volunteer presenters/workshop leaders, volunteer parents who assist with newsletter distribution. See our newsletter for current parent leadership opportunities.