Play and Learn Groups

About

Play and Learn groups are FREE, interactive programs for families who live or work in Medford. Play and Learn Group Leaders offer children a safe, literacy-rich environment where they can explore their world and develop new friendships. They are designed to offer parents/caregivers social connections; help families connect with and be resources for each other; provide information to help parents access needed services and resources; and model positive strategies to support parent/child interactions.

Play and Learn groups are aligned with age-specific Early Education and Care (EEC) guidelines (www.mass.gov/eec) and utilize the Strengthening Families approach (www.cssp.org/reform/strengtheningfamilies). These groups include Brain Building in Progress (www.brainbuildinginprogress.org) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. Handouts will be distributed at each session that give ideas to try at home.

Sing! Play! Move! Laugh! Explore! Listen to/tell Stories!

Programs at MFN Family Center

Creepin’ Crawlers (age 8-16 months)
Thursdays: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
September 28, October 12,19,26;
November 2, 9,16, 30; December 7, 14
(Babies only, no siblings please)

Waddlin’ & Toddlin’ (Age 17-21 months)
Tuesdays; 11:15 am- 12:15 pm
September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12

Yahoo Crew (Age 22-33 months)
Tuesdays; 9:00 am-10:30 am
September 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;
November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12
OR
Wednesdays; 9:00 am- 10:30 am
September 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25;
November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13
OR
Thursdays; 9:00 am- 10:30 am
September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26;
November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14
OR
Thursdays; 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26;
November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14
OR
Fridays; 9:00am – 10:30 am
September 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27;
November 3, 17; December 1, 8, 15

Kiddie Glee (Age 34- 45 months)
Mondays; 11:30 am- 1:30pm
September 25; October 2, 16, 23, 30;
November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11
OR
Wednesdays; 11:30 am- 1:30pm
September 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25;
November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6, 13

Fun Galore (Age 46-60 months)
Fridays 11:30 am- 1:30 pm
September 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27;
November 3, 17; December 1, 8, 15

Programs at Medford Public Library

Yahoo Crew (Age 22-33 months)
Mondays; 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
September 25; October 2, 16, 23, 30;
November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11

Waddlin’ and Toddlin’ (Age 17-21 months)
Mondays; 9:30 am- 10:30 am
September 25; October 2, 16, 23, 30;
November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11


Register

Registration will be held on:
Tuesday, September 5; 9:00 am—6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 6; 9:00 am—6:00 pm
Thursday, September 7; 9:00 am—8:00 pm
Friday, September 8; 9:00 am—5:00 pm
Saturday, September 9; 9:00 am—12:00 pm

Location:
Medford Family Network Family Center
489 Winthrop Street
Medford, MA 02155

New families must apply in person at the MFN Family Center and will be prioritized.

Returning families may apply using the registration form (download PDF) and dedicated email address mfnplayandlearnreg@medford.k12.ma.us.

*Families will be contacted by telephone by Friday, September 15. One Play and Learn Group per family.