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Girls Inc.

125 Providence Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 755-6455
Email: info@girlsincworcester.org
Website: http://www.girlsincworcester.org

Services: After 100 years, Girls Inc. of Worcester continues to inspire all girls to be strong (healthy), smart (educated), and bold (independent).  We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. Experience- consisting of the people, place and programming that together, empower girls to succeed.  As the oldest and only facility-based, girl-centered organization in Central Massachusetts, the Girls Inc. Experience is what makes us unique among youth serving organizations.

Girls Inc. provides more than 1,400 girls in Greater Worcester with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique challenges girls face.  By offering researched-based programming, girls learn to set and achieve goals, overcome obstacles, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable, and explore nontraditional fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Boys and Girls Club of Worcester

65 Tainter Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Phone: 508-754-2686
Fax: 508-754-7635
Email: info@bgcworcester.org
Website: http://www.bgcworcester.org

Services: Mission is to help youth, especially those who need us most, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and community leaders, through caring professional staff who forge relationships with our youth members and influence their ability to succeed in life. Provides after school programs covering academic work, healthy eating, art skills, community outreach, leadership, mentoring programs, and other support services.

Kids Café: The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to positively influencing our youth’s lives.  While our many programs serve several purposes, one of those purposes is to promote healthy living. Some families who send their children to the Boys & Girls Club struggle to put healthy food on the table each night. Two nights a week during the school year members and their families are invited to enjoy a nutritious prepared meal right here in our Kids Café.  Each meal is nutritionally sound, and is geared toward kids’ likes.

Clubhouses: There are three Clubhouses located in Worcester. The Francis A. and Jacquelyn H. Harrington Clubhouse is located at 65 Tainter Street. The Kids Club at Great Brook Valley is located at 180 Constitution Ave. The Plumley Village Clubhouse is located at 16 Laurel Street.

Worcester Family Partnership

130 Leeds Street, Worcester, MA 1606
Phone: (508) 799-3136
Fax: (508) 799-3129
Email: vietze@worc.k12.ma.us or beltont@worc.12.ma.us
Website: http://worcesterschools.org/worcester-family-partnership

Services: Worcester Family Partnership is a MA Department of Early Education and Care grant to provide support services to families with children birth to school age. Worcester Family Partnership is offering you the opportunity to participate in a FREE Screening for your child. The AGES & STAGES Questionnaire only takes a few minutes and will give you important information about your child’s development.

WFP Opportunities include:

Playgroups–For parent and child Monday through Friday 9:30–11:00 am
Family Literacy–In collaboration with Adult Education programming (GED & ESOL) sponsored by partner agencies,  family activities are offered to extend learning to the entire family.
Family Recreational Activities – scheduled monthly.
Workshops–Related to parenting topics – scheduled monthly.
Family Resource Information.
Support for families–Transitioning into school/child care settings.
Quality support -For early education programs.
PCHP–Parent-Child Home Program.

Worcester Adoptive Families Together

335 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Telephone: (508) 753-2967
Fax: (508) 767-3095
Website: http://www.mspcc.org/about/office-locations/worcester/

Services: Adoptive Families Together (AFT) provides education, advocacy, training, and support to families, professionals and communities about the unique circumstances inherent in the adoption experience. Our groups include parents who have adopted children of all ages and races, domestically and internationally, children of kin, and children with special needs. We also welcome adopted individuals, birth parents, foster parents, guardians and pre-adoptive parents.

For more info contact Lori Baeumler 617-587-1522 or lbaeumler@mspcc.org

Other Services Provided By the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children:

Pregnancy & Parenting Support– MSPCC supports teen and young adult parents beginning at pregnancy. Home visitors offer encouragement and education to parents through each stage of pregnancy and early childhood development. MSPCC also provides guidance to parents, helping them reach their educational and career goals.

Child & Family Counseling– MSPCC clinicians provide behavioral health services to children who have experienced trauma, family or community violence, school bullying and social and emotional adjustment issues. We work both one-on-one with the child and with the whole family in the home and in our Family Counseling Centers.

Foster Care & Adoption– MSPCC provides support to foster families, helping parents manage the needs of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. MSPCC also facilitates the adoption process when children cannot be returned to their biological families and offers post-adoption support.

UMass Medical Center (Shriver Center)

University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301, Worcester, MA 01655
Phone: 774-455-6562
Email: shriver.center@umassmed.edu
Websites: http://shriver.umassmed.edu/about-us

Services: To help with early intervention, the Shriver Center team of national experts in the fields of autism, applied behavior analysis, psychological sciences, and instructional technology work together, and with NIH grant support, have developed a number of innovative courses for parents and professionals. These courses are distributed through an online portal called UDiscovering. Developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Shriver Center, UDiscovering offers a new line of online training tools, products, and services to help families and professionals touched by or working in the fields of autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Shriver Center is a nationally and internationally recognized research, education, and public service center dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established 30 years ago, it became a part of UMass Medical School in 2000. The Center offers a wide range of resources:

Helping the public understand and ameliorate the challenges faced by those with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities

Training professionals and leaders in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field

Promoting efforts to enhance the health, safety, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their families

Offering a series of disability related products, starting with Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent’s Interactive Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

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