Parenting Support/Skills Training

DOTtots: A Weekly Neighborhood Playgroup

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

DOTtots Playgroup
C/O C. Gillis
14 Hinckley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

Phone: 

(617) 436-8227

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Thursday mornings 9:30-11:30 AM

Mission: 

Parents and caregivers of children under 5 are invited and encouraged to attend this weekly neighborhood playgroup. It is a great opportunity to connect with other local parents and give your child(ren) an opportunity to socialize with other youngsters. Come for support, conversation, even snacks! We have toys and equipment for children from birth to preschool and everyone is welcome.

Location

Dunn Hall at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish
800 Columbia Road
Dorchester 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Just come on in and play

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Y/BPS (YMCA & Boston Public Schools Partnership)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Y/BPS Attn: Sylvia Clark, Director of Child Care Resources YMCA of Greater Boston 316 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 

617.536.7800

Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Flexible, as needed by parents

Mission: 

Y/BPS helps families understand the Boston Public elementary schools, particularly reaching out to parents who might otherwise not explore BPS, including parents exploring private schools, charter schools, METCO, parochial schools, home-schooling or leaving the city.

Key Partners: 

YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Public Schools, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, with funding from The Boston Foundation and an anonymous funder

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For more information, email or call the project manager directly or contact Y/BPS at info@ybps.org

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

YMCA, Dorchester

Phone: 

(617) 436-7750

Email: 

Washingtondorchester@ymcaboston.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mission: 

The YMCA of Greater Boston is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of individuals and families in our communities. We welcome men and women, boys and girls of all incomes, faiths and cultures.

Location

YMCA
776 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

Y/PBS - A partnership between the YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Public Schools and Mayor Thomas M. Menino. United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley The Kelley Packowski MS Foundation Energy Bucks - Offering those who are income-eligible three different ways to save on their energy costs. The Fenway Alliance American Cancer Society YMCA of the USA Partners for Youth with Disabilities Boston Community Change GoodSearch and Good Shop

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call our main office for a registration packet

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
05/26/2010

College Bound Dorchester

Phone: 

(617) 282-5034

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Mission: 
To equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college, using education as a means to transform the neighborhoods of Dorchester.
 
At College Bound Dorchester, formerly FDNH, we believe in the transformative power of education. Every day we have the privilege of working with students from ages 3 months to 70 years. Our teachers, mentors, peer leaders and staff provide the supports these students need to realize their future goals. We take this responsibility seriously and know that, if we are successful, we have the power to change not only individual lives but also the entire Dorchester community.

We are creating an organization that will provide all of our students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college and succeed in life. We know there are challenges ahead and obstacles in our way. However we also know that as we work harder and focus on high expectations and data driven assessment, the paths of opportunity will open for all.

Location

18 Samoset Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit collegebounddorchester.org

Key Programs Offered: 

Bartholomew Family Child Care The Little House Log School Ruth Darling Child Care Center

Provide ABE/ESOL and Child Care: 9am to 2pm.

Computer Skills classes for enrolled students.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc. (FDNH)

Created: 
11/29/2011

On November 4th 2009, College Bound Dorchester received the Coming Up Taller Award for its Art a la Carte program at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. At the ceremony, Mrs. Obama commended Art a la Carte and all of the award winners by stating, "Ultimately, each of your programs is using achievement in the arts as a bridge to achievement in life." She continued, "You ask our young people to dream, and you give them the tools to fulfill those dreams. You affirm that their contributions are valuable, and their success matters to all of us. You help them see beyond the circumstances of their lives to the world of possibility that awaits them. And for that, we honor you."

Cape Verdean Community UNIDO

Mission: 

CVC UNIDO promotes the power and the potential of the Cape Verdean community. We advocate for, inform, and organize our community to reach its cultural, social, and economic well-being.

CVC UNIDO’s mission is to outreach to, inform, and organize the Cape Verdean community around issues of self-empowerment and social and economic development while advocating for and accessing resources that meet the self-identified needs of the community. This mission is accomplished by a consortium of native Cape Verdean and Cape Verdean-American individuals and representatives of local organizations that serve the Cape Verdean community in Greater Boston through a series of different programs and activities that reach out to families and youth. Goals are to bring the Cape Verdean community together to develop our collective power and strategize solutions to current challenges; to create opportunities, and an environment, where youth and families can gain tools to empower themselves and the community; to improve family cohesion through developing nurturing and parenting skills; and to assure services delivered by local, municipal, and state agencies are coordinated and culturally competent.

Location

492 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

Bird Street Community Center, City of Boston, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), Log School, Settlement House, MassCosh, Northeastern University, St. Patricks Church, Upham's Corner Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Cape Verdean Providers, GOTCHA- Youth Employment Collaboration, Boston Cape Verdean Student Association Collaboration, Jorge Fidalgo Memorial Soccer Challenge, Youth Empowerment Project- Youth Leadership Development, “Boston… Connecting Cultures” Mural Project, Dudley Youth Council, College Bound, The World Is My City, Recreational Activities, Adult ESOL Classes, Citizenship Classes, Dorchester Occupational Health Initiative, Fuel Assistance & Information & Referral Family Fun Days, and VALOR (Values Affecting Learning Our Roots)- Family Support Program.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 282-1464

Fax: 

617-282-1573

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 10am-6pm Sunday: 8am-6pm

Mission: 

The mission of Greenwood Shalom Outreach Community, Inc is to work with children, parents, and young adults within the community to guide them in achieving, to the fullest extent possible, their God-given potential. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where we will attend to the spiritual, educational, physical, and social needs of children, parents and young adults. We believe in working in partnership with parents and the community to better equip children, youth, and their families to become productive members of society and to encourage and support parents in their own personal growth and development.

Key Partners: 

Greenwood Memorial United Methodist Church

Key Programs Offered: 

Unlike some after-school programs, Greenwood Shalom moves well beyond simply homework assistance. Program participants are instructed in literacy and math skills based on Massachusetts' curriculum frameworks. Tutors teach components of the Children's Defense Fund's curriculum Freedom Schools. Further, they engage in "Harambee" gatherings, where community members entertain and inspire them. Monthly field trips are also important components to the children's after-school experience. To ensure the success of the program, Greenwood Shalom offers Parent Empowerment Seminars, advocates for children and their parents and teaches parents how to become more involved in their child's education. Recognizing the significance of studies on teacher-student ratios, Greenwood Shalom boasts a one-to-five staff-student ratio. This is accomplished through the use of high students as assistant tutors, volunteers from Sudbury United Methodist Church and Hearts for Boston. Greenwood's cultural sensitivity and our specialized work with children with special needs are a few of the key areas that set our after-school program apart from most others. For the 2005-6 school year, 30% of the children had disabilities. These children require a one-to-three (and sometimes one-to-one) staff-student ratio.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/30/2010

Richard J. Murphy K-8 School

Phone: 

(617) 635-8781

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Mission: 

The mission of the Richard J. Murphy School, through a shared effort of parents, staff and community, is to provide its students with the ability to become lifelong learners. Working in a nurturing, cooperative environment, we strive to develop the pursuit of excellence while recognizing and appreciating diverse needs and potentials. We believe that a sense of self-worth and appreciation of others will enhance the student's personal, social, and academic growth.

Location

1 Worrell Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Leahy-Holloran Community Center and
Boston Public Schools, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Wheelock Graduate School, Emmanuel College, Brandeis University, Boston Teacher Residency Program, Boston Society of Architects, Dot Art, New England Conservatory of Music, Stop and Shop, Children's Hospital

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call to the school/enrollment of their children in the school.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

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