Parent-Child Playgroups

Parent-Child Playgroups are designed for parents and caregivers to interact and build skills with their children through play, while allowing families to connect with one another and with valuable resources.

Playgroups are available in welcoming community spaces like libraries, schools, and community centers, and staffed by Early Childhood Specialists who know the community well and offer information and support to parents as they navigate the early years and the often daunting job of raising a young child.

Playgroup spaces contain toys, books, and other materials to help strengthen each child’s cognitive, physical, and creative selves, and to help promote social-emotional skill building. Through play, transitions, circle time songs and activities, as well as informal conversations, parents learn about developmental ages and stages, gain information to help understand their child’s behavior, and become empowered to prepare the family and child to enter school ‘ready to learn’.

Playgroups are available for children ages 11 months to 4 years, and Parent-Baby Groups are offered for families with infants.  During the summer months, some Playgroups are offered in community parks so families can play, connect, and explore with each other outdoors.

See the listing below for details about Playgroups offered near you; some may require advance registration.

Allston-Brighton Babies Playgroup

This Parent-Baby Group is for children who are recently born to crawlers and cruisers. With free play, circle time, and parent discussion, Parent-Baby groups are a wonderful place for you and your baby to connect with each other while you build friendships with other families, learn about early childhood development, and discover resources in the neighborhood.

This group is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) and is located off the bus #66 and #86 routes.

For more information, contact Maria Rey: 857-258-1717 or mrey@familynurturing.org.

Staff Member: Maria Rey
Location: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston Bus #66 and #86 routes
Languages Spoken:  English & Spanish
Start Time: 10:30 am
End Time: 12:00 pm
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week: Friday

Allston-Brighton – 1-2 Year Old Playgroup

This Parent-Child Playgroup is for Allston-Brighton parents and their children ages 1-2 years. The Playgroup encourages creativity and learning through free play, circle time, singing and stories!  Younger siblings are also welcome. This playgroup is open to Allston-Brighton families.

For more information, contact Elayne Baskin: 617-474-1143 x402 or ebaskin@familynurturing.org.

Community Partner: Charlesview Residences
Staff Member: Elayne Baskin
Location: Harvard Ed Portal; 224 Western Ave., Allston Bus #66, #86
Languages Spoken: English
Start Time: 10:30am
End Time: 12:00pm
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week: Thursday

Allston-Brighton – 1-4 Year Old Playgroup

With free play, circle time, and parent discussion, Playgroups are a wonderful place for you and your toddler to connect with each other and with other families.  Your child will develop social and emotional skills, early literacy, gross and fine motor skills, and experience art and sensory materials. This group is for parents and their children ages 1-4 years.

For more information please contact Elayne Baskin at 617-474-1143 x402, or. ebaskin@familynurturing.org.

Community Partner: Brighton Library
Staff Member: 
Elayne Baskin
Location: 
Brighton Library Community Room, 40 Academy Hill Road, Brighton Bus #57, #86
Languages Spoken: 
English
Start Time: 
11:00 am
End Time: 
12:30 pm
Weekly?: 
Yes
Day of the Week: 
Tuesday

Allston-Brighton – 2.5-4 Year Old Playgroup

This Playgroup is for parents and their 2.5 – 4 year old (infant siblings are welcome). There will be free play, circle time, singing and stories. This Playgroup will begin on September 11.

For more information, contact Elayne Baskin: 617-474-1143×402 or ebaskin@familynurturing.org.

Community Partner: Charlesview Residences
Staff Member: 
Elayne Baskin
Location: 
Josephine Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview, 123 Antwerp Street Extension, Brighton. – Between 370 and 420 Western Ave, Bus #86
Languages Spoken: 
English
Start Time: 
10:30
End Time: 
12:00
Weekly?: 
Yes
Day of the Week: 
Wednesday

Allston-Brighton, Spanish – 1-4 Year Old Playgroup

Spanish-speaking families in Allston-Brighton with children ages 1-4 years old are invited to come and meet other families with toddlers in your neighborhood. This Parent-Child Playgroup encourages creativity and learning through free play, circle time, singing and stories – all in Spanish.

Grupo de Juego en Español en Allston-Brighton con niños de 1 a 4 años de edad están invitados a conocer otras familias con niñ0s pequeños en su vecindario. Este grupo de juego fomenta la creatividad y el aprendizaje a través de la música, el juego ya la lectura. Venga a conocer a nuevos amigos mientras nos divertimos jugando y cantando.

This Playgroup will begin on September 12.

For more information, contact Maria Rey: 857-258-1717 or mrey@familynurturing.org.

Community Partner: Charlesview Residences
Staff Member: 
Maria Rey
Location: 
Josephine Fiorentino Community Center, Charlesview; 123 Antwerp St. Extension, Brighton – Between 370 and 420 Western Ave, Bus#86
Languages Spoken: 
Spanish
Start Time: 
10:00 am
End Time: 
11:30 am
Weekly?: 
Yes
Day of the Week: 
Thursday

Hyde Park – 1-4 Year Old Playgroup

With free play, circle time, and parent discussion, Playgroups are a wonderful place for you and your toddler to connect with other families. Your child will develop social and emotional skills, early literacy, gross and fine motor skills, and experience art and sensory materials. This group is for parents and their children ages 1-4 years.

For more information, contact Maxine Hall: 857-220-2643, or mhall@familynurturing.org.

Community Partner: Fairmont Housing
Staff Member: 
Maxine Hall
Location: 
Fairmont Housing, 215 Garfield Avenue, Hyde Park
Languages Spoken: 
English
Start Time: 
9:30 am
End Time: 
11:30 am
Weekly?: 
Yes
Day of the Week: 
Monday