father helping son and daughter with homework*Currently all programming is happening virtually, please contact us for more information*

Home City Families offers a wide variety of programs throughout the city of Springfield. Our programs are designed to support parents in becoming their child’s first teacher. We serve families with young children from birth to 8 years old. Check out the programs below and call us for more information at 413-787-6959 x8.

Ready for Kindergarten

It is never too early to start preparing your child for success in school and that is exactly what the READY! for Kindergarten program will do.  Parents of children birth to five years old will attend three workshops a year where they will receive FREE materials and toys and learn how to use them at home with their child, all in preparation for Kindergarten. The workshops are facilitated by Springfield Public School teachers and are held at various schools and community centers throughout the city.

Playgroups and Story Hours

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age. Playgroups and story hours are held at various locations throughout the city including many Springfield libraries.

Current Playgroup Offerings:

Virtual Playgroup

Outdoor Playgroups

Small Group Indoor

Active Parenting

Parenting isn’t always easy! The Active Parent workshops provide parents with basic tools and skills to help navigate the world of parenting. Topics to include:

  • Stages of development
  • How will you parent?
  • Building the bond with your child
  • Tips on avoiding accidents and problems


Do you want to learn more about your child’s development? We invite you to complete an Ages & Stages Questionnaires, which is an online tool that can help you keep track of your child’s development. Activities discussed in each questionnaire reflect developmental milestones for each age group. Parents can learn more about what to expect their child to be able to do at each stage of development. Parents can use the results of the ASQ to help talk with pediatricians, teachers or other professionals if they have concerns about their child’s development. To participate in this screening study, click here for English or click here for Spanish 

Information and Referral

Trying to figure out how enroll in an Early Education program? Looking for activities to do with your child? Need to know what to bring to register for Springfield Public Schools? Home City Families staff are always available to assist families in connecting to resources throughout the community. Call us anytime!

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