Family & Community Connection

Programs and services that are child centered and family focused for families with children 0–8 years.

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The Community Action, Inc. Family and Community Connection (CAI-FCC) offers the resources and support families need to be the best parents they can be by offering:

  • Playgroups and early learning activities for children 0–8 years old
  • Networking and leadership opportunities
  • Information about local education resources including public schools
  • Opportunities to connect with other families in your community
  • Information about and referrals to local services such as early intervention and early childhood special education services when needed.
  • Download FCC Newsletter (current program descriptions and calendar)
  • View Calendar - current program schedule
  • Register Your Child Online

CAI has obtained grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care to provide these services. There is no fee to participate in FCC.

The CAI Family and Community Connection is located at 346 Broadway in Haverhill, MA (at the First Presbyterian Church). 978-914-7893.  

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Mon Jul 24 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
STEAM
Tue Jul 25 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Infant/Toddler Playgroup (0-3 Years)
Wed Jul 26 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Parent/Child Open Playgroup (3-6 Years)
Wed Jul 26 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Learn and Move at FCC
Thu Jul 27 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Kindergarten Ready
Thu Jul 27 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Picnic Play
Fri Jul 28 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Merrimac Library
Tue Aug 01 @ 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Infant/Toddler Playgroup (0-3 Years)
Thu Aug 03 @10:00AM - 11:00AM
Kindergarten Ready
Thu Aug 03 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Picnic Play

 

Online Registration!

Interested in learning more about your child's development and to discover ways to support your child at home?

The Ages & Stages Questionnaire is a great way to support your child's development. FCC offers the Ages & Stages Questionnaires FREE of charge for all families in the communities we serve: Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, Newburyport and West Newbury.

The Ages & Stages parent-directed questionnaire is available to fill out on-line. Parents and caregivers can now complete the survey at home. The questionnaire is available for children ages newborn through age 5.

To receive a link to questionnaire or to setup a time to meet, simply contact:

Melanie Tamberino, FCC Director, 978-914-7893

(If you take the questionnaire online we will set up a time to speak in person to go over the results. )

Screenings begin as early as one month old and are appropriate for children up to 5 years old. Learn more at Why Screenings Matter.

 

The Kindergarten Ready program is for children 4 and 5 years old. Children who do not go to formal preschool benefit from this program by offering them the following experiences and also gives parents the opportunity to help and be involved in their child's learning process.  This program includes: 

  • Alphabet/letter and number recognition
  • Recognizing name in print
  • Social experiences
  • Following directions and
  • Communication skills

Class size is limited. Check our Community Calendar for current schedule

Free monthly Parent Support and Discussion Groups are offered in partnership with Thom Early Intervention. Classes are facilitated by an Early Intervention Professional and cover a wide range of topics. Please check our schedule for topics, time and location.

We have openings in our Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday integrated playgroups located at FCC in Haverhill. The groups are composed of six children in Early Intervention and three FCC community children. This is a wonderful opportunity for children between the ages 18-36 months to participate in a facilitated play group.

There is one teacher and two teacher assistants who lead a two hour session that includes music, movement, sensory activities, free play, books and snack. Age-appropriate activities to encourage turn taking, social interaction, physical development and language enrichment are provided. The classroom routine is similar from week to week so the children learn what to expect from their time in the group.

Once your child has comfortably transitioned into the class, you have the opportunity to attend a parent group facilitated by an Early Intervention staff member. Children really enjoy being involved with their peers and the parent support group makes it possible for parents to meet other parents with children of similar age.

There is no cost for the community children participating. Children must have had a physical within the last year and all immunizations should be up to date.

 

  • If your child is currently receiving EI services please contact your service coordinator or the EI office at 978-363-5553.

  • If your child is not currently receiving EI services, please contact Kaitlin Ehtesham, FCC Outreach & Program Coordinator 978-914-7893
Playgroups at FCC

Seacoast Open Play - Children 0–8 Years Old

Join us for free play, art and gross motor activities setup to encourage children's exploration. Activities are planned, however spontaneous play happens. Parents stay in the room to supervise and play with their children, but are encouraged to mingle with other parents. Group sizes will be limited. Registration is required.

Playgroup Location:
CAI Seacoast Center
447 Merrimac Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

 

Haverhill Play - Children 0–8 Years Old

Join us for free play, art and gross motor activities setup to encourage children's exploration. Activities are planned, however spontaneous play happens. Parents stay in the room to supervise and play with their children,but are encouraged to mingle with other parents. Registration is required.

Playgroup Location:
Family and Community Connection
346 Broadway
Haverhill, MA 01832

 

Check our Community Calendar for current playgroup schedule

 

Eligibility, service area and income guidelines

CAI-FCC programs are for families with children birth–8 years old. CAI-FCC serves the following cities and towns in Massachusetts: Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, Newburyport and West Newbury

There are no income requirements to participate. Most programs are free unless noted.

Register for FCC Programs

Pre-registration is required for all programs.

  1. View our Calendar for current schedule of upcoming activities, parenting classes and playgroups, or
  2. Download our Newsletter for current program descriptions and calendar
  3. Register Your Child Online
  4. Walk-in or Call Family and Community Connection. A certain number of slots will be reserved for walk-in registration, as well as phone registration.


    Family and Community Connection
    346 Broadway
    Haverhill, MA 01832  

    978-914-7893 
    978-914-7240
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In the event of bad weather, CAI-FCC programs will be canceled if Haverhill Public Schools are canceled.

If school opening is delayed, then ONLY the afternoon activities will take place.