Family Centers and Playgroups

Play, Learn, Connect

If you have a young child, you have a resource at your fingertips. If you’re new to your community or new to parenting, family centers are more than just a gathering place for children.

 

 

CES CFCE Family Centers and Playgroups

Family centers are a welcoming and convenient place for adults to meet other parents, grandparents, and care givers, and find support and information about important matters including preschools, public school, pediatricians, or parent support groups. Getting involved by volunteering time and talent helps family centers and local organizations thrive.

Family Centers are generally free, and you don’t need to be a resident of a town to visit the local family center. Each community’s family center provides unique programming and is open to residents as well as families from other communities. Play-and-learn groups are free and generally open on a drop-in basis (no preregistration required).

Calendar of Events

Please check the calendar to the right to learn about hours and scheduled events at our Family Centers and Playgroups!

Contacts, Location, and Hours

Most family centers follow the public school schedule of their home community for vacations and weather-related closings. 

Please contact the below individual centers for more specific information about hours and programming.

Amherst Playgroup

1200 N Pleasant Street, Amherst

Site Contact: Marti Wiechman; mwiechman@collaborative.org 

Amherst Spanish-Speaking Playgroups

ReNew Apartments; Picnic area, next to ReNew Apartments; 42 Southpoint Drive, Amherst

Olypmia Oaks; Community Area at Olympia Oaks; 85 Olympia Drive, Amherst

Site Contact: Rossana Salazar; rsalazar@collaborative.org

Belchertown Family Center

51 State Street, Belchertown

Site Contact: Lori Allen; lallen@collaborative.org

Chesterfield Playgroup

School Year: Chesterfield Community Center, 400 Main Road, Chesterfield

Summer: Russell Memorial Park, 15 South Street, Chesterfield

Site Contact:  Andy Goulet; agoulet@collaborative.org

Easthampton Family Center

School Year: Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 128 Main Street, Easthampton

Summer: Nonotuck Park Small Playground, 1 Daley Field Road, Easthampton

Site Contact: Andy Goulet; agoulet@collaborative.org

www.easthamptonfamilycenter.org

Goshen Playgroup

Goshen Town Hall, 42 Main Street, Goshen

Site Contact:  Andy Goulet; agoulet@collaborative.org

Granby Playgroup

Granby Free Public Library, 297 East State Street, Granby

Site Contact: Marti Wiechman; mwiechman@collaborative.org

413.467.3320

Hatfield Playgroup

Hatfield Library, 39 Main Street, Hatfield

Site Contact: Marti Wiechman; mwiechman@collaborative.org

Palmer/Monson Family Network

4 Springfield Street, Three Rivers (across from Hryniewicz Park)

Site Contact: Rosie Marquis; rmarquis@collaborative.org

413.283.6246

Pelham Library Playgroup

Pelham Public Library, 2 South Valley Road, Pelham

Site Contact: Dana Mengwasser; dmengwasser@collaborative.org

Librarian: Jodi Levine; 413.253.0657

Music and Movement Leader: Wendy

South Hadley Playgroup

South Hadley Public Library, Storytime Room, 2 Canal Street, South Hadley

Site Contact: Dana Mengwasser; dmengwasser@collaborative.org

413.247.4704

Southampton Playgroup

Edwards Public Library, 30 East Street, Southampton

Site Contact:  Andy Goulet; agoulet@collaborative.org

Ware Family Center

School Year: United Church of Ware building, 49 Church Street, Ware

Summer: Beauregard Park, Route 9, Ware

Site Contact: Laurie Desjardins, ldesjardins@collaborative.org

413.967.8127

Warren/West Brookfield Playgroup

School Year: Quaboag Regional Middle/High School, 284 Old West Brookfield Road, Warren

Summer: Cutter Park, 1226 Main Street, Warren

Site Contact: Laurie Desjardins, ldesjardins@collaborative.org

Westhampton Playgroup

Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton

Site Contact:  Andy Goulet; agoulet@collaborative.org

Williamsburg Playgroup

Anne T. Dunphy School, 1 Petticoat Hill Road, Williamsburg

Site Contact: Andy Goulet; agoulet@collaborative.org

For more information, contact:

Mary Schreiber

Mary Ellis Schreiber is the Coordinator of Early Childhood Professional Development and the Coordinator of the CFCE Program at CES. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College and her Master’s degree at Bank Street College of Education. Her career includes working directly with young children and their families, developing curriculum to support conflict resolution skills in young children, and college-level teaching. Mary has provided professional development training to early childhood professionals for many years, with a focus on supporting families and social-emotional learning.

Position: Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) and Professional Development Coordinator

Email: mschreiber@collaborative.org

Phone: 413.586.4900 x5569

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