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Category Archives: Children & Families

Boat Smart from the Start Posted on May 19

Boat Smart from the Start

The simple act of wearing a flotation device can save a life. According to a 2013 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recreational boating report, in fatal boating accidents where the victims drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. First-time boaters should learn safe practices   …Continue Reading Boat Smart from the Start

Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Posted on May 15

Many families across Massachusetts care for loved ones with intellectual disabilities. Through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Commonwealth offers a number of programs designed to help these families by providing a wide array   …Continue Reading Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts Posted on May 12

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Whether you’re biking to get in shape, get to work, or have some fun, the Commonwealth has something to offer you. The Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), and the Department of   …Continue Reading The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 24

Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts

Having a pet is a privilege that comes with responsibilities. Maintaining your pet’s health, ensuring it has the proper identification, and making sure to clean up after it benefits you, your pet, and the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) , the Department   …Continue Reading Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 23

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts

More than 844,000 couples divorced in the United States in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The divorce process varies between states, and you must meet certain requirements to file in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Court System (MCS) provides guidelines for filing for divorce   …Continue Reading Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts

Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 17

Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

Massachusetts was among the first places in the world to eliminate smallpox through the use of vaccines, according to the state’s Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response, and Services. With this precedent in mind, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) created   …Continue Reading Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

The Importance of Early Learning Posted on Apr 10

The Importance of Early Learning

A mind-boggling fact: During the first years of a child’s life, his or her brain will form more than 700 neural connections every second. Acknowledging that every moment in a young child’s life can be an opportunity to make the most of his or her   …Continue Reading The Importance of Early Learning

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Posted on Apr 9

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Every child has the right to a happy, healthy life. Children’s safety is not only a main concern for parents and caregivers, but for the Commonwealth as well. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) partners with families and communities to protect children from abuse and neglect   …Continue Reading Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children Posted on Apr 1

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

Struggling with a daily fitness routine? You’re not alone. One in four Massachusetts middle school and high school students, and more than half of all adults in the state, are obese or overweight. The good news is that engaging in physical activity and reaching a   …Continue Reading Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home Posted on Mar 27

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home

Poisoning is a serious issue in the United States, especially for young children. Every 13 seconds, a poison control center receives a phone call reporting exposure to toxic chemicals or substances, and more than 90 percent of these occurrences happen at home, according to the   …Continue Reading How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home