Square One Celebrates Healthy Families Graduates and Participants
by Kristine Allard – Contributing Writer
In keeping with its mission to ensure that all parents have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful, Square One recently celebrated the completion of another session of its Healthy Families program initiative.
The ceremony was held on August 2, 2017, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist, 797 State Street, Springfield. In total, 26 young families graduated from the program.
Created to support first-time parents, Square One’s Healthy Families program is a home-based family support and coaching program that supports young, first-time parents and helps them create stable, nurturing environments for their children.
In addition to honoring the graduates, the program recognized the individual achievements of 45 participants who completed the academic, economic, physical, and employment goals they set for themselves.
Funded by the Children’s Trust, Healthy Families matches parents with trained professionals who visit families’ homes to provide support during pregnancy and the child’s first three years of life. Home visitors teach parents about proper baby care; promote nurturing and attachment; practice effective parenting skills; and ensure parents have a solid understanding of healthy child development. The teams also counsel parents on achieving personal goals such as going back to school or securing a job.
Since 1883, Square One has been committed to ensuring that all children and families have the opportunity to succeed at school, at work, and in life by providing educational programs, family support services, health and fitness resources, and a voice in the community. Square One knows that children grow up to become better educated and more successful academically, emotionally and socially when they have high-quality early education, nurturing adults to care for them, and a safe and healthy community in which to live. At the core of everything they do is the belief, confirmed by research, that children who begin learning early become better learners for life.