North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network

Ages and Stages Developmental Screenings: As parents, we want to know that our child is on track developing and learning all that they can. Through the Department of Early Education and Care, we have received access to the Ages and Stages Developmental and Social Emotional Growth questionnaire.  The Ages and Stages screening tool is a great way to learn more about your child’s development.  You complete the questionnaire based on your child’s age in the comfort of your own home, and then return the information to the Family Resource Network. Once completed, you and a staff member can review the results and see what we can do together to help your child reach their full potential.  If you have any questions, please call our office at (781)279-0300. 

Childcare and Preschool Information
The Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care website allows parents and caregivers access to a listing by town of all licensed childcare providers and preschools.  Our office has a checklist of what to look for when visiting the sites.  A staff member will be happy to speak with you about any questions and concerns.

Hallmark Health Programs

The Baby Café:  A drop-in program offering breastfeeding support and assistance.  Pregnant mothers interested in learning about breastfeeding are welcome to attend.  Baby Cafés are facilitated by Hallmark Health System lactation consultants and counselors.   Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Baby Café, Melrose, is held at The Church of the Nazarene, 2 Short Street, Melrose, (781-979-6455) on Wednesday 6 PM – 8 PM and Friday 10 AM – 12 PM.   Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Baby Café, Malden, funded by MA State WIC, is held at the WIC office, 239 Commercial Street, Malden, (781-338-7578), on Tuesday from 5 PM – 7 PM or at the Everett WIC office, Everett City Hall, 484 Broadway, Room 1A, (617-387-2097), on Thursday from 5 PM – 7 PM.

Feeling Fit & Fabulous:  Are you at least 16 weeks along in your pregnancy?  Are you interested in learning about what to eat and exercises to do that will help keep you and your baby healthy?  Would you like to meet other pregnant women?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this program is for you.  Call (781) 338-7607 for more information about this free program.  This program is sponsored by the North Suburban WIC Nutrition Program.   The facilitator is certified in Motherwell Maternity Fitness©.   

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren In Harmony: The North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network offers a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren or other relatives raising a young family member. The program meets from September through June and meets twice a month. Please call the office at (781) 279-0300 for more information and to be added to the e-mail list.

Kids & Grief Support Groups: Hallmark Health System Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc. provide bereavement support to children ages 5 to 12 who have lost a loved one.  Trained bereavement counselors and volunteers facilitate the group. There is also a separate parent support group offered at the same time. Please Call Judy Seifert, Bereavement Coordinator, at 781-338-7861 for more information on the next group which begins September 2014.

The North Suburban WIC Program:  Are you struggling to meet your weekly food bill?  Are you a new mom on unpaid maternity leave?  Has your family recently experienced a reduction in work hours or job loss?  You might be eligible for WIC benefits.  The North Suburban WIC, a program of Hallmark Health System, is a health and nutrition program sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the USDA.  Contact the Malden office 781-338-7578 to see if you are eligible.

North Suburban WIC Family Support Coordinator:  If you are a WIC participant, the Family Support Coordinator can meet with you and help you find additional community supports.  For further information or to set up a meeting, call Madlyna Bouchotte at (781) 338-7570 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mothers Helping Mothers Clothing Closet: If you are in need of a helping hand, call 781-338-7579 to make an appointment for the store.  Available free items include books, infant and children’s clothing (to size 10), and baby essentials such as swings, strollers, bouncy seats and pack ‘n plays.  If you have gently used items you would like to donate, call 781-338-7607. Spring and summer clothes will be available after April 15th.  We appreciate your generosity, but please, no adult clothing (except maternity clothes), toys, cribs or car seats. Disposable diapers are always accepted, even opened packages of diapers.  

Healthy Families:  Healthy Families Melrose/Wakefield is a home visiting program for first-time parents (age 20 and under) living in Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield. *Available in Everett for parents 22 and under through the MA Home Visiting Initiative*. Based at Hallmark Health System, Healthy Families provides home visits, prenatal and parenting education, family-focused groups and activities, and connects families to community resources. Services are free and offered during pregnancy and until the child turns three. HEALTHY FAMILIES MASSACHUSETTS is funded by The Children's Trust.  For further information, please call (781) 338-7550

Financial Counseling:  Federal Law mandates that all Massachusetts residents have health insurance.  If you are uninsured or underinsured, the Certified Application Counselors at Lawrence Memorial and Melrose-Wakefield hospitals are there to help all Massachusetts residents apply for health insurance and obtain the care they need.  Call (781) 338-7111 to make an appointment to determine your eligibility for services.

Look aHEAD to a Healthy Future: Protect your child or athlete with Hallmark Health System's Concussion Program. The program offers community outreach education and ImPACT Testing made possible by a grant through the Boston Bruin's Foundation.  Call 781-395-7750 for additional information.

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