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

Creeping’ Crawlers (Age 8-16 months)
Thursdays; 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
January 25; February 1, 8, 15;
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12
[Babies only: no siblings, please]
OR
Thursday; 1:00 – 2:00 pm
January 25; February 1, 8, 15;
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12
[Babies only: no siblings, please]

Waddling’ & Toddling’ (Age 17-21 months)
Tuesdays; 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
January 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27;
March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10

Yahoo Crew (Age 22-33 months)
Tuesdays; 9:00 – 10:30 am
January 23, 30; February 6, 13, 27;
March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10
OR
Wednesdays; 9:00 – 10:30 am
January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28;
March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11
OR
Thursdays; 9:00 – 10:30 am
January 25; February 1, 8, 15;
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12

Kiddie Glee (Age 34-45 months)
Mondays; 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26;
March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9
OR
Wednesdays; 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28;
March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11

Fun Galore (Age 46-60 months)
Fridays 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
January 26; February 2, 9, 16;
March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 6, 13

Programs at Medford Public Library

Waddling’ & Toddling’ (Age 17-21 months)
Mondays; 9:30 – 10:30 am
January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26;
March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9

Yahoo Crew (Age 22-33 month)
Mondays; 11:00 – 12:30 pm
January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26;
March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9


Register

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.