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 virtually until it is safe to welcome families again into community spaces like libraries, schools, and community centers.  Virtual and in-person Playgroups are 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. During the pandemic, Early Childhood Specialists will help families discover what they can use in their own homes to support children’s development.  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 Parent-Baby and Parent-Child Playgroups offered online (via Zoom and Facebook Live); some may require advance registration.

Allston-Brighton – Bilingual Baby Playgroup (In-Person; registration required)

This group is for parents with newborns on up to crawlers and cruisers. With opportunities to play, read, and have parent discussion, this group is 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 your community.

This group is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) and meets IN-PERSON at the location below.

Advance registration is required.  Please click this LINK to complete the registration form.

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

Staff Member: Maria Rey
Location: 640 Washington St. Basement, Brighton, MA 02135
Languages Spoken:  English & Spanish
Start Time: 10:30 am
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week: Friday

Beautiful Baby (Café) - Baby Care discussion on Zoom for parents citywide with infants - 18 months

Beautiful Baby (Cafe) is focused on baby care and is a free-flowing parent-led discussion. Parents are welcome to join at any point during the time frame and stay on as long as they wish/are able to.

This weekly Parent/Baby group is open to any Boston Family Engagement Network family, prenatal or with a child up through 18 months of age.  The group is hosted by Vital Village and FNC. On the Zoom call are a baby nurse and lactation consultants from Vital Village.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link, contact Sandy Sachs: 617-474-1143 x224 or ssachs@familynurturing.org.

Staff Member: Sandy Sachs
Location:
Online via Zoom
Languages Spoken: 
English
Start Time:
10:30 am
End Time:
12:00 pm
Weekly?: 
Yes
Day of the Week:
Thursday

 

Allston-Brighton – 1-2 Year Old Playgroup (Fun with Little Ones on Facebook Live)

Parents and their toddlers to 2 year olds will enjoy online games, songs, and stories with Playgroup Leader Elayne Baskin every Thursday at 11 am on Facebook Live.

For more information, contact Elayne: ebaskin@familynurturing.org.

Staff Member: Elayne Baskin
Location: Virtual/Facebook
Languages Spoken: English
Start Time: 11:00 am
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week: Thursday

Allston-Brighton – 2.5-5 Year Old Playgroup (Stories & Songs on Facebook Live)

During the pandemic, we are sharing stories and songs weekly on Facebook Live - all are welcome!

For more information please contact Elayne Baskin at  ebaskin@familynurturing.org.

Staff Member: Elayne Baskin
Location: Virtual
/Facebook
Languages Spoken: 
English
Start Time: 
11:00 am
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week: 
Tuesday

Allston-Brighton – 1-3 Year Old Playgroup (Music, Movement & More for toddlers on Zoom)

This Playgroup is for parents and their 1-3 year old children.  Playgroup Leader Elayne Baskin will lead families in songs, movement activities, reading, and crafts.  Join the fun from February to April!

Advance registration is required. To register for this playgroup, please click HERE to fill out the form.

For more information, contact Elayne at elaynebaskin@gmail.com.

Staff Member: Elayne Baskin
Location:
Online via Zoom
Languages Spoken: 
English
Start Time: 
3:30 pm
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week: 
Wednesday

Allston-Brighton, Spanish – 3-5 Year Old Playgroup (La Hora Del Cuento on Facebook Live)

Enjoy stories and songs in Spanish with your toddler every Thursday afternoon at 2 pm on Facebook Live!

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

Staff Member: Maria Rey
Location:
Facebook/Virtual
Languages Spoken: 
Spanish
Start Time:
2:00 pm
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week: 
Thursday

Dorchester - 1-4 Year Old Playgroup (Baby Bear's Book Club on Zoom)

Dorchester parents are welcome to join the Baby Bear’s Book Club. We have room for about 15 families. This session is for parents and their children 18 months – 4 years old (infant siblings are welcome). During the 40-minute session, we welcome each child and family, read a book together, enjoy a movement activity, and do a book-related art/craft activity.

For more information or to receive the weekly Zoom link, contact Sandy Sachs: 617-474-1143 ×227 or ssachs@familynurturing.org.

Staff Member: Sandy Sachs
Location:
Zoom/Virtual
Languages Spoken: 
English
Start Time: 
10:00 am
End Time: 
10:40 am
Weekly?: 
Yes
Day of the Week: 
Wednesday

Hyde Park - 1-4 Year Old Playgroup (Read Aloud on Zoom )

Playgroup Leader Nora Arara will read stories aloud with parents and their children ages 1-4 every Monday beginning at 11 am.  Grab a soft blanket and snuggle up with your child for some good books and a chance to see other families.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link, please email Nora Arara: narara@familynurturing.org.

Staff Member: Nora Arara
Location:
Zoom/Virtual
Languages Spoken:
English
Start Time:
11:00 am
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week:
Monday

Hyde Park - 1-4 Year Old Playgroup (Activities on Zoom)

Playgroup Leader Nora Arara will share fun, creative activities for parents and their children ages 1-4 to do together at home.  Join in, and meet other families from your neighborhood!

For more information or to receive the Zoom link, please email: Nora Arara: narara@familynurturing.org.

Staff Member: Nora Arara
Location:
Zoom/Virtual
Languages Spoken:
English
Start Time:
11:00 am
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week:
Tuesday

Hyde Park - 1-4 Year Old Playgroup (Circle time on Zoom)

Join Playgroup Leader Nora Arara for circle time games and songs for parents and their children ages 1-4.  Set aside time to laugh and play with your child and meet other families from your neighborhood!

For more information or to receive the Zoom link, please email Nora Arara: narara@familynurturing.org.

Staff Member: Nora Arara
Location:
Zoom/Virtual
Languages Spoken:
English
Start Time:
11:00 am
Weekly?: Yes
Day of the Week:
Friday

Main FNC Address: 
200 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 (617) 474-1143