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Fall 2018 schedule

Moms with Mugs  |  Parent Cafe   |  Caregivers of Children on The Autism Spectrum   |  Caregiver and Baby Yoga   |   LGBTQIA+ Parents   |  Mindful Parenting   |   Virtual Village

Coming up this month …
Dec2018

News for 2019!

To better accommodate all families, we are thinking about shifting our schedule for the Cummington Parent groups and moving to a more general and inclusive group structure. All parents and caregivers will be welcome to attend our Wednesday groups, and we encourage attendees of the LGBTQIA+ Parents group, the Caregivers of Children on the Autism Spectrum group, and the Parent Cafe group to meet each other and share this common journey of parenting.

We welcome your feedback and input! Please contact us!

 

Do parents get snow days?!

Now that winter weather is upon us, please double-check our Facebook page and website to make sure groups are happening and the Village Closet is open before heading out. The Village Closet and the Cummington parent groups run on the Hampshire Regional School District calendar, and the Ashfield group runs on the Mohawk Regional School District calendar. If those schools are delayed or closed due to weather, we probably are too. School closings and delays can be found at: https://www.wwlp.com/weather/closings-delays

 

Moms with Mugs

Every Monday, 10:00am-11:30am (no group 12/24 or 12/31)
St. John’s Corner House
469 Main Street, Ashfield

Come take a coffee (or tea) break with other local mothers. Sip and share in this casual, drop-in group. Coffee, tea, and refreshments are provided, as well as childcare so parents can relax and chat.

This group is a safe and confidential space for mothers, parents who are women (both transgender and cisgender), as well as anyone else for whom the label “mom” is a good fit. Our childcare provider will supervise the children in the childcare room while parents meet in an adjacent room.

This group follows the public school schedule for the Mohawk Public schools, and will not meet when school is closed due to vacation or snow. Please check our Facebook page the morning of semi-severe weather; we will post whether or not group is canceled.

RSVP to this event on Facebook so you don’t forget!

Parent Cafe

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2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:30am (no group 12/26)
The Village Closet
2 Main Street, Cummington

Come relax and chat with other local parents or find a quiet space to get some work done or just unwind with coffee and refreshments! Feel free to bring food to share if you’re inspired, no pressure at all though!! We will have childcare on site so your babies and young ones can connect, play and explore with our local kids!

This group follows the public school schedule for the Mohawk Public Schools and the Hampshire Regional Public Schools, and will not meet when EITHER school is closed due snow, and may or may not meet during school vacation. Please check our Facebook page the morning of semi-severe weather; we will post whether or not group is canceled.

RSVP to this event on Facebook so you don’t forget!

 

Caregivers of Children on The Autism Spectrum: A Monthly Meet-Up

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3rd Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:30am
The Village Closet
2 Main Street, Cummington

A casual group for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children on the autism spectrum. Come take a break with us, share coffee and stories; the “good, the bad and the ugly!” Free childcare and refreshments provided.

The spectrum is wide and varied and we all have unique joys and challenges with our children. All are welcome whether you are in the process of evaluation or have been on this journey for many years there’s a place at our table!

RSVP to this event on Facebook so you don’t forget!

 

Caregiver and Baby Yoga

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Every Tuesday, 11:00am-12:00pm (No class 12/25 or 1/1)
Sunflower Yoga and Mindfulness
2 Main Street, Cummington

Join us for this FREE yoga class for parents of babies birth to crawling. We will focus each week on the needs of the parents in the room. Parenting young babies takes a toll on our bodies. In this class we will focus on strengthening our bodies and caring for the places that need special attention.
Mats and props provided, please bring a blanket for your baby to lay on.

RSVP to this event on Facebook so you don’t forget!

 

LGBTQIA+ Parents Meetup

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1st Wednesday of the Month, 10:00-11:30am
The Village Closet
2 Main Street, Cummington

A chance for parents who identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum to gather for coffee, conversation and resource exchange! Free and open to all! Many parents of new babies and young children are part-time stay at home or working multiple part-time jobs at odd hours! Isolation from community can take a toll! Free childcare on site while parents enjoy adult conversation or your babies can hang out with you! Peer facilitated by a community member (Kat Pangborn). Meets Wednesdays this Fall Oct 3rd, Nov 7th, Dec 5th)

RSVP to this event on Facebook so you don’t forget!

 

Mindful Parenting

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3rd Monday of each Month, 6:00pm-7:15pm
Sunflower Yoga and Mindfulness
2 Main Street, Cummington

Caregivers often find themselves on the brink of burnout; experiencing irritability, stress, and fatigue. This free drop-in group will explore ways to replenish the inner well and nourish the mind.
This group is safe and confidential space for all parents regardless of gender, as well as grandparents, foster and adoptive parents, and anyone caring for the children in their life. No experience in yoga or mindfulness practice is necessary.

RSVP to this event on Facebook so you don’t forget!

Virtual Village

2017-09-24Join us for support and connection on the web with our private Parents Circle Facebook discussion group. This is a CLOSED group so you can feel free to share or give support without your words ending up on your timeline. This is a great place to share experiences, ask for support, or just get to meet other local parents in a virtual space. To join our closed group, request membership by clicking HERE.

 

 

Policies, Class schedules, and Cancellations

All our groups follow the public school schedule for the Mohawk Public Schools and the Hampshire Regional Public Schools, and will not meet when EITHER school is closed due snow, and may or may not meet during school vacation. Check News 22 for school closings (wwlp.com/closings), and check our Facebook page the morning of semi-severe weather; we will post group cancellations on our main Facebook page, in the Facebook event page for the group, and in the Parents Circle discussion group.

Childcare policies. Our childcare provider is experienced and has submitted to a background check through the Criminal Offender Registry (CORI) and the Sexual Offender Registry (SORI). Please note that we are not licensed as a childcare facility, so parents and guardians are still responsible for the overall health and safety of the child, and must remain on the premises while the child is in the care of the childcare provider. The childcare provider will alert the parent if the child requires a diaper change or bathroom break. Parents and guardians will need to fill out emergency contact information and a liability release before leaving the child with the care provider.

 

All our groups, classes, and events are always free. It Takes a Village pays the group facilitators and instructors to ensure that participants get the most out of their experience.

Can you help keep these groups free for families? 
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The It Takes a Village Parent Education and Support Program is sponsored by The Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The United Way of Hampshire County, and the AKC Fund.

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