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Press Release  Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards $15.5M to Organizations Providing Child Development Services, Resources for Families with Young Children

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement network is helping connect families in emergency shelters with child care and early education supports
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Commissioner Kershaw with kids and families at the Leverett Library

LeverettThe Healey-Driscoll Administration announced today that it is awarding $15.5 million in Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Grants to 81 organizations across the Commonwealth that provide child development services and resources to families with young children. Early Education and Care Commissioner Amy Kershaw and Director of Rural Affairs Anne Gobi visited the Leverett Library to announce the awards and hear directly from families on rural child care challenges and opportunities, as well as see first-hand the impact these grants have on improving child development and family engagement.

“The Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant is a critical tool for expanding access to high-quality, affordable child care, addressing the youth mental health crisis, and providing educational and community-based opportunities for families in emergency shelter,” said Governor Maura Healey. “The investment of state funds into programs like this will help make our state more affordable and equitable, connecting families with childhood development programs and engagement activities that support the wellbeing and needs of our young children and their families.”

“These grants support access to early education and care through coordinated family and community engagement services that address the developmental, social and emotional needs of young children and their families,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “The funding is going to local school districts and nonprofits, highlighting our commitment to supporting cities and towns, from Pittsfield to Provincetown, in meeting the needs of their residents and making Massachusetts a more affordable and equitable place to live, learn, work and play.” 

Many of the recipient organizations of the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement award are the first touch point for families, reaching out and connecting them with local early education and out-of-school time services available through public schools, center-based programs, Head Start, and other family child care programs. These organizations coordinate healthy activities and resources that promote parent education and family engagement, address early literacy and child development, and improve transitions between early education and care settings, home, and school for children birth to age six.

Further, these programs support families in cities and towns across Massachusetts, including rural communities like Leverett, and strengthen the capacity of communities through CFCE council membership and community collaboration to engage and support families. More than half of Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns are rural communities, and the CFCE networks in these smaller communities can help families navigate the unique barriers and opportunities in rural communities as they seek out early education and child care for their children. Through intentional alignment of goals, approaches, and policies, CFCE programs promote collaboration between agencies that serve young children and their families, no matter where they are in the Bay State.

“These grants support the needs of the whole family - ensuring that our youngest students have access to services that support their well-being, optimal development, and school readiness, while also strengthening the capacity of families and parents as their child’s first teacher,” said Secretary of Education Patrick Tutwiler. “This state funding will not only support our children, but is also an investment in our local communities, setting our youngest learners up for school and lifetime success.”

Earlier this month, Governor Healey declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts due to the rapidly rising numbers of migrant families arriving to the Commonwealth in need of shelter and services, including many with young children. The CFCE network has been a critical resource in select communities providing emergency assistance, by setting up playgroups for parents and children inside the shelters. This includes bringing toys, books, and other learning activities to families, allowing them to entertain their young ones with high-quality and developmentally appropriate materials, while connecting with other members of their new community. The Healey-Driscoll administration is looking to expand this effort and extend playgroup services to more families receiving emergency assistance, as well as increase access to case management and referral services that CFCE organizations may be able to provide for families.

“Our CFCE partners are deeply connected to their communities, providing vital and responsive services to young children and their families across the Commonwealth. Most recently they have stepped up and been a critical support to the rising number of families arriving in Massachusetts. Programs are doing everything they can, including setting up playgroups and child friendly spaces, as well as providing case management and referrals to support the health and well-being of families,” said Department of Early Education and Care Commissioner Amy Kershaw. “We are pleased to provide $15.5 million in grants to continue these critical services and recognize our partners for their work, done with empathy and grace.” 

The Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Grant awardees:

Agency Name

Cities/Towns Served

Grant Award

Ayer-Shirley Regional School District

Ashby, Ayer, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend


Berkshire County Head Start



Cape Cod Children’s Place

Barnstable, Brewster, Harwich, Wellfleet, Chatham, Orleans, Yarmouth, Dennis, Provincetown, Eastham, Truro


Central Berkshire Regional School District

Becket, Cummington, Dalton, Hinsdale, Peru, Washington, Windsor


Child Care of the Berkshires, INC.

Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesboro, Monroe, New Ashford, North Adams, Savoy, Williamstown


City of Attleboro



City of Brockton



City of Cambridge



City of Everett



City of Fall River

Fall River, Somerset, Westport


City of Framingham



City of Leominster



City of Lowell



City of Lynn

Lynn, Nahant, Saugus


City of Medford



City of Northampton

Hadley, Northampton


City of Peabody

Beverly, Middleton, Boxford, Peabody, Danvers, Swampscott, Marblehead, Topsfield, Salem


City of Somerville



City of Springfield



City of Westfield



City of Worcester



Collaborative for Educational Services

Amherst, Belchertown, Chesterfield, Easthampton, Goshen, Granby, Hatfield, Monson, Palmer, Pelham, South Hadley, Southampton, Ware, Warren, West Brookfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg


Community Action, INC

Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, West Newbury


Community Action Pioneer Valley



Community Action Programs (Inter-City)

Chelsea, Revere


Community Health Programs, INC

Stockbridge, West Stockbridge, Great Barrington


Community Teamwork, INC

Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Wilmington


Discovery Schoolhouse, INC



Family Nurturing Center of Mass



Frontier Regional School District

Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately


Gill Montague Regional School District

Gill, Montague


Greater Lawrence Community

Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover


Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District

Essex, Hamilton, Manchester, Wenham


Hilltown Comm Health Centers, INC

Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Russell, Worthington


Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start

Chicopee, Holyoke


Justice Resource Institute, INC

Acton, Bedford, Boxboro, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Sudbury, Westford


Making Opportunity Count, INC

Ashburham, Barre, Fitchburg, Gardner, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, Oakham, Templeton, Westminster


Marthas Vineyard Community

Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury, West Tisbury


MetroWest YMCA

Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick


Mohawk Trail Regional School

Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne Falls


Nashoba Regional School District

Bolton, Lancaster, Stow


New Salem/Wendell Union School

Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury, Wendell


Newton Community Service Center DBA Family Access

Arlington, Burlington, Lexington, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Weston, Woburn


Old Rochester Regional School District

Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester


Pathways for Children, INC

Rockport, Gloucester


People Acting in Community

Acushnet, Berkley, Dartmouth, Dighton, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, New Bedford, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Swansea


Pioneer Valley Regional School District

Bernardston, Leyden, Northfield, Warwick


Quincy Community Action Programs, INC

Quincy, Braintree


Self Help, INC

Abington, Avon, Canton, Dedham, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Franklin, Hanson, Holbrook, Mansfield, Middleboro, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Randolph, Rockland, Sharon, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Whitman, Wrentham


South Middlesex Opportunity Council, INC

Mendon, Northbridge, Upton, Uxbridge


South Shore Comm Action

Carver, Hanover, Pembroke, Cohasset, Hingham, Plympton, Duxbury, Kingston, Scituate, Halifax, Norwell


Spencer Child Care

East Brookfield, Paxton, Sterling, Holden, Princeton, Leicester, Rutland, North Brookfield, Spencer


Town of Bourne



Town of Brimfield

Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge, Wales


Town of Brookline



Town of Clinton

Clinton, West Boylston


Town of Falmouth

Mashpee, Falmouth


Town of Hull



Town of Ipswich



Town of Lee

Alford, Lenox, Otis, Egremont, Monterey, Richmond, Tyringham, Mount Washington, Sandisfield, Lee, New Marlborough, Sheffield


Town of Ludlow

Agawam, East Longmeadow, Ludlow, Granville, Southwick, Hampden, Tolland, Longmeadow, Wilbraham


Town of Lunenburg



Town of Marshfield



Town of Milford

Bellingham, Hopedale, Milford


Town of Nantucket



Town of Norwood



Town of Plymouth



Town of Sandwich



Town of Wakefield

Lynnfield, Stoneham, Malden, Melrose, Wakefield, North Reading, Winchester, Reading


Town of Walpole

Dover, Sherborn, Medfield, Walpole, Medway, Millis


Town of Wareham



Town of Watertown

Belmont, Watertown


Town of West Springfield

West Springfield


Town of Westwood



Town of Weymouth



Town of Winchendon



Town of Winthrop



Triton Regional School District

Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury


Triumph, INC.

Bridgewater, Raynham, Taunton


Valuing Our Children, INC.

Athol, Royalston, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston


YMCA of Central Massachusetts

Auburn, Berlin, Blackstone, Boylston, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Grafton, Hudson, Marlborough, Millbury, Millville, Northborough, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Southborough, Sutton, Webster, Westborough




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