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Category Archives: Children & Families

Take Care of Your Heart: Prevent Heart Disease Posted on Feb 20

Take Care of Your Heart: Prevent Heart Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than half a million Americans die from heart disease, making it the number one cause of death for both men and women. The Commonwealth strives to educate and inform residents about the   …Continue Reading Take Care of Your Heart: Prevent Heart Disease

Special Education Resources for Massachusetts Parents Posted on Feb 18

Special Education Resources for Massachusetts Parents

Massachusetts parents of children with learning disabilities can find special education resources through their local public school district or through the Executive Office of Education (EDU) — primarily at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) — to ensure their child receives an education   …Continue Reading Special Education Resources for Massachusetts Parents

Get Involved: Become a Mentor in Massachusetts Posted on Jan 8

Who molded you into the person you are today? Think back to high school or your first job: Did someone guide and support you when you faced difficult choices or challenges? Whether acknowledged or not, the difference makers in your life were your mentors. From   …Continue Reading Get Involved: Become a Mentor in Massachusetts

Safe Toys and Gifts for Children Posted on Dec 17

Safe Toys and Gifts for Children

Children love receiving gifts and presents year-round, and the excitement that comes from unwrapping a gift can fill a house with joy. While toys are meant to be fun and entertaining, they can pose several safety risks. In 2013 there were approximately 256,700 toy-related injuries,   …Continue Reading Safe Toys and Gifts for Children

Teen Safety: Don’t Text and Drive Posted on Nov 14

Teen Safety: Don’t Text and Drive

Distracted driving, specifically texting while driving, is a significant issue in the United States. In 2012, car accidents that involved a distracted driver killed 3,328 people and injured 421,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, teen drivers are at   …Continue Reading Teen Safety: Don’t Text and Drive

Special Education Mediation Posted on Oct 30

A child’s education is important to their happiness and success in life. Children with disabilities can excel in school with the right support and services. However, when school staff and parents differ about the educational needs of a student with disabilities, there may be a   …Continue Reading Special Education Mediation

Halloween Safety Tips Posted on Oct 24

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun time of year for both children and adults. Whether you plan on trick-or-treating under the moonlight or hosting your own spooky haunted house, it’s important to stay safe. With advice and resources from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS) you   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips

Keep Smiling: Managing Your Oral Health Posted on Oct 7

Keep Smiling: Managing Your Oral Health

Massachusetts residents – young and old – need to keep a close eye on their health and well-being. Oral health is an important part of the equation that individuals should prioritize, no matter their age. Consider some basic oral care tips to maintain a healthy   …Continue Reading Keep Smiling: Managing Your Oral Health

Baby Safe Haven Posted on Sep 30

Baby Safe Haven, a program offered by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), enables parents to surrender newborn infants they are unable to care for with an appropriate person at a designated facility. Parents will not face criminal prosecution as long as there are   …Continue Reading Baby Safe Haven

Welfare/Social Services Assistance in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 23

Welfare/Social Services Assistance in Massachusetts

Across the state, Massachusetts offers a wealth of resources for families and individuals who have fallen on hard times. From child advocacy to transitional assistance, state agency welfare and social services provide assistance and support for those in need. Department of Children and Families The   …Continue Reading Welfare/Social Services Assistance in Massachusetts