Helpful Links for Early Education and Care

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Programs
CFCE's are locally based programs serving families with children birth through school age. Funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, they may offer: parent education, play groups, family engagement and early literacy opportunities and parent support groups.

Please click here to download the list of CFCE's in Western MA

Western Mass Family Centers
Family Centers are open to parents, guardians, grandparents and their children. They may offer family education, parent skill building programs, support groups, playgroups, story hours, school readiness programs and a place to share your parenting stories with other parents.
Please click here to find a family center in your city or town

Advocacy for Children and Families

Would you like to support amendments on behalf of children and families?

Please click here for more information

Helpful Links

Behavioral Health Network (BHN)

Behavioral Health Network, Inc. is a growing non-profit community behavioral health agency that has been providing services to children and families in Western Mass since 1938.

Child Care Aware

A child care resource and referral program outside of the Massachusetts area. For child care providers: find useful tools and resources to begin your career as a child care provider. For parents and guardians: find and learn about high quality child care.

Child Care Aware

Collaborative for Educational Services

The Collaborative helps educators to become more effective by working together to reflect and create school-wide solutions to their instructional challenges. We help districts collaborate with each other to put resources where they're needed most: back in the classroom.


Community Health Programs - Southern Berkshire Counties

CHP has many services for families and community including: playgroups, WIC, Health Centers etc.


CYFERnet - Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network

Explore CYFERnet's Early Childhood resources and discover useful and practical information to guide you in the care and nurturing of young children.


Daddy 123

Connecting fathers with their kids.

Daddy 123

Department of Early Education and Care

For child care information outside of Hampden and Berkshire Counties and becoming a licensed provider or child care regulations.


Early Childhood Focus

Early Childhood Focus provides parents, early childhood professionals, policy-makers, and advocates with the latest early childhood news from around the country. NACCRRA s online database of newspaper articles related to child care from throughout the country, sortable by state and category (i.e., key topics). Subscribers receive weekly news alerts on hot topics in the early childhood field.

Early Childhood Focus


Provide free information, support, resources, and referrals for parents and their children. We can help you find services to enrich your child s development (i.e. speech and language, mental health, motor development, etc) as well as help with the transitions between Early Intervention, Early Childhood programs, the Springfield Public Schools and other children s service agencies. We can also help with referrals for other family needs like housing, health care, fuel assistance and so on.


Macaroni Kid

A family based Events Newsletter that seeks to help families spend more time enriching their relationships.

Macaroni Kid - Springfield

Massachusetts Child Care Resource & Referral Network

Providing resources to promote quality early education and care.

MA Child Care

Mass. Dept. of Education

For questions about the Massachusetts education system.

Mass. Dept. of Education

Mass. Dept. of Public Health

For health related questions.

Dept of Public Health

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The nation's largest and most influential
organization of early childhood educators.


National Association for Family Child Care -

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.


National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

A great resource for child care and referral programs.


Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

The mission of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is to improve the quality of life for people in Northern Berkshire by organizing, supporting, and empowering the community.


Northern Berkshire Coordinated Family and Community Engagement

The mission of Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. is to strengthen families through high quality child care, education, support services and advocacy.

Northern Berkshire CFCE

Operation: Military Kids - Touching the Lives of Military Youth through Collaborations

Operation: Military Kids is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether Families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.


Southern Berkshire Coordinated Family and Communtiy Engagement

South Berkshire Kids works to support all families in south Berkshire County in their efforts to ensure the healthy social, cognitive, physical and emotional development of their young children.

Southern Berkshire CFCE

Springfield Parent Academy

The Springfield Parent Academy is a citywide network of learning opportunities for parents and caring adults to become active partners in the education and success of our youth.

The mission of the Springfield Parent Academy is to deliver high-quality learning opportunities to engage and educate parents and other caring adults, thereby increasing the capacity of our youth to succeed.

Springfield Parent Academy

United Way - Massachusetts 2-1-1 - Find help fast! Get the help you need for the challenges you don't.

Mass 2-1-1 online directory is an information resource for emergency food, rent, help paying your heating and utility bills, mental health counseling, health programs, public health and safety services, child care referrals, job resources, and other help for individuals, parents and families.


WGBY Ready to Learn Initiative

WGBY, a community-supported public broadcasting organization, connects the people of our region with ideas, events and each other to fulfill their aspirations, enrich their lives and improve their communities.


Springfield City Library

Please click on the link below to learn more about library hours and locations, special events, reading clubs, workshops and more.

Zero to Three - The nation's leading resource on the first three years of life.

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Zero to Three