Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Services
1506A Allen St., Bicentennial Plaza, Springfield, MA 01118
Phone: (413) 783-5500
Fax: (413) 782-7612
Marie Peirent, Director
Hours Of Operation:
8:30 - 4:30
Playgroups OfferedThe Baby & Me Group meets at our Allen St. site, on Mondays from 12:00 – 1:30 PM. The group is for parents and their babies who are younger than 18 months old. It provides time for parents and babies to share and learn from each other and from Early Intervention staff members. The group supports parents in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher and is open to both families of babies who are enrolled in Early Intervention and community families.
Our Parent-Child Playgroup is for toddlers and their parents to share a morning of play and interaction with other families. This group has a routine of free play time, circle time, snack and activities. Parents experience new activities with their child and have informal opportunities to connect with other parents. Toddlers experience new activities, begin to enjoy play with their peers and learn the routines of group. This group meets at Colonial Estates Community Room every Tuesday from 9:30-11:00 AM, and at our Allen St. site on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 AM.
While each Toddler Times group is somewhat different, based on the ages and needs/interests of the children attending, there are some common threads. All Toddler Times groups offer a language rich, nurturing and safe environment where children have the opportunity to explore and play with their peers. Early Intervention staff maintain a consistent routine of activities including free play, motor play, snack, circle time, pretend and manipulative play. The high staff to child ratio, with at least one adult to every three children, allows staff to assist toddlers to play and learn in all areas of development.
Toddler Times groups are held at our Allen Street, Bicentennial Plaza program site in Springfield on the following days and times:
Mondays – 12:30-2:30
Tuesdays – 9:30–11:30 , 12:30-2:30, 1:00-3:00
Wednesdays – 9:30–11:30
Thursdays – 9:00–11:00 & 11:30–1:30
Fridays – 9:30–11:30
Our specialized Feeding Group helps parents/caregivers and their young children, ages 18-34 months, who are having challenges with eating. A registered dietitian leads the group with assistance from an occupational therapist and a speech language pathologist. Participants will receive a high level of individualized attention to accommodate each child's unique feeding needs. This group meets for 12 weeks on Fridays from 12:00-2:00 PM.
All groups are open to families from Early Intervention as well as community families. Transportation to and from the group is only available to families with children who are enrolled in the Early Intervention program.
Other Program Services
On-site Screenings, Consultation and Trainings for parents and providers can be provided at the following affiliated community sites:
- Early Childhood Centers, Springfield
- NES (Northern Educational Services) and Teen Home
- Square One Childcare
- Early Headstart Program
- Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA)
- WIC Programs
- Mason Square Health Center
- Prime Time Nursery School, East Longmeadow
- Kid's Place, Wilbraham
- Collaboration and Linkages with:
- Springfield Early Care & Education Partnership
- East Longmeadow, Wilbraham and Hampden Community Partnership