North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network

These community programs and supports are not sponsored by Hallmark Health or the Family Resource Network.

Criterion Stoneham Early Intervention: Do you have questions or concerns about your infant or toddler’s development?  Has your pediatrician recommended that you request an evaluation? Any parent or guardian with concerns about their child’s development can request an evaluation for their birth to three year old by calling the Criterion Stoneham Early Intervention Program. An assessment will be scheduled to determine his/her strengths and needs and if your family is eligible for services. Please call 781-935-3855.“MA 211” Information Center:  A resource available to families both on-line and via phone is the “MA 211” information center.  This service will assist you with finding information about resources available in your area.  Go to or dial “211” for assistance.

Melrose Family Room: The Melrose Family Room, located in the Green Street Baptist Church in Melrose, is a non-profit, cooperative organization providing a gathering place for member families with infants, toddlers and preschool children. The room is a wonderful place to play, talk, discuss parenting concerns, and in general, get to know families from Melrose and surrounding communities. The room is open to members for drop-in playtime Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.  If you are interested in being put on the waitlist, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   For more information visit
The Northeast Arc is dedicated to providing lifelong individualized supports to people with or at risk of developing disabilities, and their families, ensuring opportunities to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, socialize and play. We have a variety of programs: early intervention, recreation, personal assistance, advocacy, transition services, etc. Our main number is 978-762-4878 our website is

EMARC: EMARC’s mission is to support, serve, and advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families to ensure they are valued, respected and have the opportunity to fully participate in their communities.  We annually serve over 700 people from Burlington, Everett, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield and Woburn. For additional information, call Judy Santa Maria at 781-587-2314.

Parents Helping Parents: Are you a parent feeling overwhelmed, isolated or stressed?  Parents Helping Parents offers weekly support groups where parents discuss family problems and figure out ways to make things better.  Current groups meet in Medford, Malden, and Salem.  For location and meeting times visit  call 1-800-632-8188, which also functions as a 24-hour helpline for parents.

Parents of Tots: Parents of Tots is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with young children under six years old in Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Woburn and surrounding towns.   It provides parents with the means to build a supportive social network for themselves and their children through play dates, field trips, mom's nights out, and more.  Membership is $25 a year and includes a weekly e-newsletter from September through June, as well as a hard copy "Summer Fun Guide" listing kid-friendly attractions and destinations in the area.  Visit to join.

Local Food Pantries:   Donations to the food pantries can be made through the Family Resource Network.
Melrose:      A Servant’s Heart, Faith Evangelical Church, 200 Franklin Street, Melrose, (781) 662-8226
          Pantry of Hope, First Baptist Church, 561 Main Street, Melrose, (781) 665-4470  
Stoneham:   First Congregational Church, 1 Church Street, Stoneham, 781-438-0097
        Stoneham ACS Food Pantry, 9 Gerry Street, Stoneham, (781) 392-4545
Wakefield:  Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, (781) 245-2510
Malden:       Bread of Life, 54 Eastern Avenue, Malden (781) 397-0404
        Mobile Food Pantry, 239 Commercial Street, Malden, (781) 338-7574   Call for next available date and time.

Homelessness Education Liaisons:
Melrose:         Patty White-Lambright    (781) 979-2160               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.              
Stoneham:      Sandra A Fulmer           (781) 279-3840 Ext. 4    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Wakefield:      Lyn O’Neil                      (781) 246-6416               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">lyn.o’This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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