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4 Things to Do When Applying for Financial Aid Posted on Jan 28

4 Things to Do When Applying for Financial Aid

Each year, financial aid helps millions of students across the United States achieve their dreams of attending college. There are many free resources available to guide you through the application process. The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), a division of the Department of Higher   …Continue Reading 4 Things to Do When Applying for Financial Aid

Education Benefits for Massachusetts Veterans Posted on Jan 5

Education Benefits for Massachusetts Veterans

Readjusting to civilian life can pose many challenges for returning veterans — including deciding what to do next. If you have served our country in the armed forces, the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) and the Department of Higher Education (DHE) provide information on many   …Continue Reading Education Benefits for Massachusetts Veterans

MEFA: A College Planning Resource for Massachusetts Residents Posted on Nov 13

MEFA: A College Planning Resource for Massachusetts Residents

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). Did you know you have a resource in Massachusetts to help you and your family plan for college? We are the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), a not-for-profit state authority that was   …Continue Reading MEFA: A College Planning Resource for Massachusetts Residents

How to Help Prevent Bullying Posted on Oct 6

How to Help Prevent Bullying

In 2013, 16.6 percent of high school students in Massachusetts experienced bullying on school property, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bullying can happen at school, on the bus, in your neighborhood, or   …Continue Reading How to Help Prevent Bullying

How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year Posted on Sep 24

How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year

Whether it’s your children’s first day of kindergarten or their senior year of high school, one of your biggest responsibilities as a parent is to keep them healthy. That means more than just three square meals a day — exercise, oral hygiene, sleep, and illness   …Continue Reading How to Keep Children Healthy This School Year

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

Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children Posted on Mar 19

Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

According to the Office of Oral Health, a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Approximately 48 percent of third graders in the Commonwealth have experienced tooth decay, which can affect more than their   …Continue Reading Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast Posted on Mar 18

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

School breakfast gets an A+, according to the Breakfast for Learning report conducted by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). A healthy morning meal at school helps improve children’s academic performance, from their scores on standardized tests to their memory and comprehension. In addition, well-fed   …Continue Reading Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here Posted on Feb 25

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here

It might feel as though winter will never end in Massachusetts, but there’s already one sure sign of an imminent thaw — maple sugaring season. Farmers across the state are getting ready for the warmer days but still-freezing nights that get the sap running, usually   …Continue Reading Maple Sugaring Season Is Here