Greater Boston Area

Financial Education Classes

Join Codman Square NDC for a workshop series that will change the way you manage your money.

You will learn to:

  • Develop a personal savings plan
  • Build wealth and reduce expenses
  • Understand the basics of credit and debt
  • Plan for your financial future
  • Set goals like buying a home

2016 Series Dates:

  • April 5-26
  • June 2-23
  • September 7-28
  • October 4-25

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Codman Square NDC, 587 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02124

Each series consists of 4 Sessions 

Please plan to attend all classes

Call or email Kenya to register, 617-825-4224 x134/



Tiny Tot Sign Language

Want to reduce your child's frustration with communication? Jumpstart their language development? Strengthen your adult-child bond? We'll be using songs, stories, and rhymes to learn sign-language . Luci Davis, an early childhood educator and a caregiver of younger children will teach these classes.

Class will meet 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, and 5/27. 
For babies and toddlers, and their adult caregivers. No groups. Need more information? Contact the Children's Librarian at 617.436.2155.


Where: Fields Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, 1520 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester 02122

The Home for Little Wanderers: Family Resource Center

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Roslindale (main site)
780 American Legion Highway
Roslindale, MA 02131

Dorchester (satellite site)
Up Academy Dorchester
35 Westville Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

Boston (satellite site)
Suffolk County Juvenile Court
24 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114
*check in at Juvenile Clerk’s office, 2nd floor


(617) 469-8501



Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 


  • Tuesdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Fridays 12 noon– 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


  • Mondays 9 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Wednesdays 12 noon – 5 p.m.
  • Fridays 9 a.m. – 12 noon


  • Mondays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Family Resource Centers (FRCs) of Massachusetts are a statewide network that provides services to strengthen families and keep them connected to resources within their own community. There are FRCs in every county in the Commonwealth. In addition to assisting families, the FRCs support the children of those families that may have behavioral issues and need additional supports.


Up Academy Dorchester
35 Westville Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Roslindale (Main site)
780 American Legion Highway
Roslindale, MA 02131
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For services or to make a referral, please contact:

Amy McCarthy, Program Director
(617) 469-8501

Key Programs Offered: 

How They Can Help
Families come to the FRC for many reasons. The goal of the FRC is to connect those looking for help to the appropriate services, whether they are within the FRC or in the community. Some of the resources the staff at the FRC help families find include:
• Housing support
• Utility assistance
• Legal aid
• Summer camps and sport leagues
• Other family needs

Children who need assistance or are at risk of needing court involvement (Child Requiring Assistance-CRA) can be assessed by an FRC clinician to develop a Family Support Plan to address the child’s and the family’s needs.

Services Offered
The FRC offers an array of services through its experienced staff.
School Liaisons help families with truancy, absenteeism, special education and behavioral issues.

Family Support Workers connect families with resources in the community.
Family Partners help families navigate the child-serving system and use their lived experience as caregivers to partner with other caregivers to help achieve their goals.

Peer Support Workers work with youth to engage them in a process of change by sharing their experiences and struggles
as young adults.

The FRC also facilitates groups and classes for families such as evidence-based parent groups and family enrichment activities.

Jazz In The City: Every Sunday

Featuring Live Trio & Quartet Bands. 

Where: Levis Restaurant & Lounge, 323 Washington St. Dorchester, MA

When: Every Sunday 

Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline

  • Improve Your Reading, Writing, and Math Skills
  • Learn to Speak English
  • Earn a High School Equivalency Credential
  • Volunteer in an Adult Education Program

Call Today! Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline:  1-800-447-8844 7 days a week, 6 AM to midnight. 


Free information on Adult Secondary Education/HiSET prep, ESOL, reading, writing, math, and citizenship classes for adults offered throughout Massachusetts.


Information online at:

Dotbike Meetings

DotBike is local group working to encourage and support bicycling in Dorchester. They promote safe, bike-friendly environments and advocate for policies that increase bike access and use.
Come to their next meetings!
Black Box Theater @ Codman Academy, 6:30-8:00pm
14 Epping St. Dorchester, MA 02124
  • March 22nd
  • May 17th
  • July 19th
  • September 20th
  • November 15th

Strive Boston: Free Job Readiness, Financial Literacy & Placement Services Program

Free Job Readiness, Financial Literacy & Placement Services 5 Week Program. No Experience Needed!

The Program includes: 

  • Professional development
  • Resume writing
  • Basic computer training
  • Hi-Set preparation
  • Mock interviews
  • Employer presentations
  • Job placement assistance at completion of training
  • 2 year follow-up services
  • Youth programing 16 - 24

Certification Programs:

  • CPR/First Aid/AED
  • OSHA 10
  • Microsoft Suite


Location:  651 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

  • T   617-825-1800
  • F    617-825-1896

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Operation P.E.A.C.E. Dorchester Youth Center : Computer Lab/Computer Class Schedule

Operation P.E.A.C.E. Dorchester Youth Center:

Their 800-sq/ft center is handicap accessible and was built to provide free learning, technology resources, and an activity space for Dorchester residents. Their computer lab has eight workstations and our After School space has the capacity to serve 12 children, grades K-5.

Computer Lab/Computer Class Schedule 


  • Computer Lab Open Noon-2pm
  • **No Computer classes unless you have scheduled an appointment.


11:00-Noon Computer Class:

  • Introduction to the computer and it’s parts
  • How to set up Email
  • Facebook
  • Password resets
  • Introduction to Word, Excel, etc

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Yoga Classes

Free yoga at BCYF cleveland community center. 

Where:  BCYF Cleveland Community Center, 11 Charles Street, Dorchester 

When: Monday & Wednesdays AT 7:00PM

Reimagine Play – On the MOVE – Kids Fitness Program

On the MOVE is a fitness bootcamp for kids ages 5-12 of all fitness levels. The program incorporates fun obstacles courses, agility drills, strength training and body-weight movements to get kids active and strong during the Spring season. 
This Bootcamp: 
  • Teaches fundamental fitness skills and healthy eating habits for optimal performance in sports and other physical activities
  • Improves strength and endurance, while also helping kids develop perseverance, self-esteem and confidence
  • Introduces kids to a variety of active play activities, obstacle courses, and team based games
  • Is led by certified instructors that foster a positive environment and encourage kids to lead a healthy lifestyle 

5-Week Series: Saturdays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2016 1:00 - 2:30 pm >> Read More

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