Parent Groups

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Spring 2019 Schedule

Our weekly groups will run as usual through the week of June 17. Starting June 24, please join us for weekly Summer Playground Meet-Ups! More info coming soon …

Moms with Mugs

Every Monday, 10:00am-11:30am
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!

Wednesday Parents Group

Every Wednesday, 10:00am-11:30am
The Village Closet
2 Main Street, Cummington

We welcome all parents and caregivers to join us for coffee and conversation from 10-11:30am on Wednesdays. This is a loosely structured group – it’s fine to come in late, leave early or come in and out to tend to children. Share the good, the bad, and the ugly of raising children from infancy to adulthood! We provide an opportunity for introductions, checking in about how our weeks are going and a chance to exchange resources, information and wisdom with each other in a judgement free, advice-free (unless requested) zone!
Free and open to the public with free childcare down the hall in a preschool playroom with variety of toys and plenty of space for getting the wiggles out (perfect solution for the cold days of January and February!) Babies are welcome to stay with parents in the group too.
This group is led by a local parent with experience in mental health care, the LGBTQIA+ community, and raising children with special needs. ALL parents and caregivers are encouraged to come and share.

RSVP on Facebook so you don’t forget!

Saturday Parents Group

First Saturday of the month, 11:00am-12:30pm
The Village Closet
2 Main Street, Cummington

We welcome all parents and caregivers to join us for coffee, snacks and relaxation from 11-12:30 the 1st Saturday of every month (while the Village Closet is open!)
Enjoy some down time or social time in the library with other grownups! We will have an area for refreshments and chatting and another area for people who may want to catch up on their email, read, play candy crush, pay bills or just lounge quietly without their children for a bit! Babies are welcome to stay with their parents or enjoy childcare in the large preschool playroom down the hall, with a variety of toys and plenty of space for getting the wiggles out. Perfect solution for the cold days of January and February!
This group is free and open to the public.

RSVP on Facebook so you don’t forget!

Caregiver and Baby Yoga

Every Tuesday, 11:00am-12:00pm
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!

Mindful Parenting

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

Join 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, Childcare, 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? 

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.