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Countdown to Kindergarten

Phone: 

(617) 635-6816

Mission: 

Countdown to Kindergarten engages families, educators and the community in a citywide effort to enhance early learning opportunities and to support the transition into kindergarten. Mayor Menino, the Boston School Committee and Superintendent Johnson partner with 28 local organizations to implement a school readiness campaign that helps families participate actively in their children's education right from the start, understand the value of kindergarten, and learn how to choose schools and then register in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). In Boston, our work has promoted teacher collaboration on school readiness issues; doubled the percent of families visiting schools to make informed registration decisions; and increased the percentage of children who enter BPS at kindergarten rather than first grade. It has also resulted in more schools being ready to engage families.

Location

Countdown to Kindergarten
26 Court Street 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Families should start preparing for Kindergarten (K1 for 4 year old and K2 for 5 year old) a full year in advance of their start date, which is the September before their child turns 4 or 5. For a few families, it may start sooner. Boston Public Schools (BPS) has a number of a very limited number of seats for K0 programs for children who are 3 by September 1. There are 75 Early Learning Centers, Elementary and K-8 schools in the City of Boston. Families can choose from a number of schools that are located in their ZONE.

Attend a Countdown to Kindergarten Information Session for answers to all your questions about BPS schools, the registration process and more. Starting in November, Information Sessions provide tips on the transition and kindergarten selection/enrollment process, along with suggested activities to help families prepare for a successful entry into kindergarten.

Key Programs Offered: 
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/05/2011

Greater Four Corners Action Coalition

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

    

Phone: 

(617) 436-0289

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Mission: 

Greater Four Corners Action Coalition works to promote neighborhood stabilization in the Four Corners Community of Dorchester, Massachusetts. This is accomplished by adressing the issues of crime and safety, through organizing residents, providing positive opportunities for youth, promoting economic development and collaborating with others. Our priority roles are: Organizer, Service Provider, and Collaborator/Supporter of other efforts.GFCAC is in the forefront of the change in local community organizing. Organizations are collaborating to effect regional planning and create standing policies so as not to have to put out the same fires over and over again. Our current work reflects this new direction. We also aim to address issues of transportation, environmental and economic justice. GFCAC spearheaded efforts to bring improved transportation services to the Four Corners community, advocating for new stops on the Fairmount line.

Location

367 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA
United States
Key Partners: 

ACE, Codman Square NDC, Bowdoin/Geneva Health Center, On The Move: Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call 617-436-0289 to join for a nominal fee. One can join anytime and get involved or one can attend the annual meeting. Board elections will be held and membership is open to all. This meeting is held annually on the second Thursday in October.

Key Programs Offered: 

   

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
01/10/2012

Youth Build- Boston

Phone: 

(617) 445-8887

Email: 

info@ybboston.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

YBB is open from Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Open some Saturdays for weekend programs Closed Sundays

 

Mission: 

Launched in 1990 with 28 young people in a church basement, YBB was the first replication of the YouthBuild model outside of New York. The mission of YouthBuild Boston Inc. (YBB) is to improve opportunities for young people of Boston by teaching skills that will equip them to support themselves and help develop personal and neighborhood responsibility. The guiding principle of YBB is "Youth or young adults, when treated as valuable resources, will realize that they can be partners in rebuilding their community". YBB realizes that the difficulties that young people face must be overcome by addressing the terrible and overwhelming lack of empowerment that they often feel. These feelings are reinforced by a society that views them as part of the problem, and not the solution. YBB recognizes that these individuals are capable of and vital to improving their lives and the condition of their community. YBB has been successful since its inception. YBB, along with other agencies has contributed to the vibrancy of the community. Consistent funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, AmeriCorps, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, YouthBuild USA, the private foundation community, corporations, and individuals, has enabled us to serve Boston youth.

Location

YouthBuild Boston
27 Centre Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

(SUPPORTERS) AKS Associates Alexander, Aronson, Finning, CPA & Consultants Amelia Peabody Foundation Anna B. Stearns Foundation Bank of America Bank of America Foundation Boston Private Bank & Trust Boston Trust & Investment Management Company BR Alexander BV Leasing & Management, LLC Citizens Bank Clippership Foundation Cooper Leeser Fund Goudy, Clancy and Assoc. Charitable Fund I.O.U.E. Local 4 Kevin Gorter Memorial Foundation M. E. O'Brien & Sons McPherson Group Mellon Bank Northeast Kennels Paulist Community Center Pearl Meat Company Robert F. White Associates Shawmut Design Construction Company Sovereign Bank State Street Foundation Stream The Boston Foundation Tishman Construction Walter J. Noonan Trust Wellington Management Group Foundation YouthBuild USA

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/26/2010

La Alianza Hispana, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 427-7175

Mission: 

La Alianza Hispana, Inc. is a community based organization providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health and education programs to the Latino Community of Greater Boston.

Founded in 1971, La Alianza Hispana has become the starting point for over 2,000 Latinos annually who seek support at all stages of life. La Alianza Hispana strenghthens individuals, families and communitites for ongoing success.

Location

La Alianza Hispana Headquarters
409 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Programs Offered: 

Workforce and Education Center for Success
409 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
Tel. 617-427-7175

Senior Social and Recreation Center
63 Parker Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02120
Tel. 617-232-0634

La Alianza Hispana's Family Counseling Center
78 Forest St
Roxbury, MA 02119
Tel. 617-427-7175

Casa Esperanza

Phone: 

(617) 445-1123

Email: 

info@casaesperanza.org

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9-5

Mission: 

Casa Esperanza Inc.’s mission is to help men, women and families overcome homelessness, recover from alcoholism and drug addiction, gain the skills they need to be self-sufficient, contributing members of society and to repair and strengthen families torn apart by substance abuse.

Location

263 Eustis Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
03/04/2010

Youth Services Providers Network

Phone: 

617-343-5382

Email: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

9-5

Mission: 

The program addresses the unique needs of high-risk urban youth and their families by placing licensed clinical social workers in district police stations throughout the city. YSPN social workers receive referrals from police officers, incident reports, Boston Cares and walk-ins. YSPN services include intake/assessment, crisis intervention, advocacy, referral, clinical case management and ongoing individual and family therapy. Additionally, when there is an incidence of community violence, YSPN provides critical incident trauma services to individuals, groups, and the community. Since its inception in 1996, YSPN has served more than 8,000 youth (80% between the ages of 13-21) and families from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Location

Youth Services Providers Network
115 Warren Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Boston Police Department

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Dorchester Head Start (ABCD)

Phone: 

617-288-2700

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday from 8:30-2:30pm
Extended day is available from 7:30-5:30pm.

Mission: 

The purpose of the program is to provide opportunities and services to the culturally diverse families in the Dorchester neighborhood. It is a comprehensive Head Start program in partnership with parents. It serves families for twenty-five hours weekly, assisting them in self-sufficiency and success in life. The program's philosophy is to promote self-help and self-sufficiency. Its goals are as follows:
1. To provide an education that improves children's ability to think, reason, communicate and develop self-esteem through meaningful social interaction with peers and teachers.
2. To provide integrated services in the areas of education, health, nutrition and social and mental health.
3. To serve healthy breakfast, lunches and snacks to ensure good nutrition.

Location

ABCD Dorchester Head Start
110 Claybourne Street
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Walk-in application process. Your child must turn 3 on or before September 1, 2006. Please call Dorchester Head Start (617)282-1100 for more information.
To apply, you must bring the following:
-Child's Birth Certificate
-Social Security Cards for all family members
-Medical Insurance Card
-Two proofs of residence(phone bill, utility bill, etc)
-2 Proof of income (4 recent pay stubs or Welfare letter of verification)
-Application are taken: Monday through Friday 8:30 A.M.- 3:30 P.M.
-Vouchers are acceptable for the Extended Day Program.
-If you get paid bi-weekly bring 2 proofs of income
-If you get paid weekly bring 4 proffs of income

Key Programs Offered: 

The extended day program is available, the program go by a sliding scale or vouchers.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

Created: 
03/02/2010

Healthworks Foundation Fitness Center at St. Mary's

Phone: 

(617) 825-1600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday & Wednesday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Not open on the weekend

Mission: 

The Healthworks Foundation provides a fun, safe, and supportive environment in which women can become empowered to take control of their physical and emotional wellbeing. The member/scholarship program gives women free access to the environment needed to develop the whole woman- mind, body, and spirit. Healthworks Foundation understands that gaining access to fitness is the first step for many women towards empowerment. Since this is often a difficult step, it is crucial for women to obtain support.

Location

St. Mary's Branch
90 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Please call for more information!

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Harbor Health Services, Inc

Phone: 

(617) 282-3200

Mission: 

Harbor Health Services, Inc. is a nonprofit, public health agency committed to providing quality, comprehensive health care in Metropolitan Boston urban neighborhoods, the South Shore and Cape Cod communities. We provide a wide network of healthcare services to meet the needs of our patients. Harbor Health owns and operates three community health centers including: Geiger Gibson Community Health Center; Neponset Health Center; and Mid Upper Cape Community Health Center. In addition, Harbor Health administers the Elder Service Plan, a program providing care to frail elders in their place of residence, the Women Infant Children Nutrition Program, the Ellen Jones Community Dental Center and the Columbia Point Infant & Toddler Day Care Program.

Location

Neponset Health Center
398 Neponset Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Y/BPS (YMCA & Boston Public Schools Partnership)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Y/BPS Attn: Sylvia Clark, Director of Child Care Resources YMCA of Greater Boston 316 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 

617.536.7800

Website: 
Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Flexible, as needed by parents

Mission: 

Y/BPS helps families understand the Boston Public elementary schools, particularly reaching out to parents who might otherwise not explore BPS, including parents exploring private schools, charter schools, METCO, parochial schools, home-schooling or leaving the city.

Key Partners: 

YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Public Schools, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, with funding from The Boston Foundation and an anonymous funder

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

For more information, email or call the project manager directly or contact Y/BPS at info@ybps.org

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

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