Support Services
We are pleased to share with you many community resources for ages birth to three. Some of the support groups, services, and agencies we work with are listed below.
 
 
 
 
 
The Parental Stress Line
Home Visiting Services
The Care Center
Young Parent Support
Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Services
Teen Parent Programs
Behavioral Health Network (BHN), INC
The Maternal Health 360 Project
The Happiest Baby on the Block 

                    
The Parental Stress Line

The phone service is available for new parents who have many questions and need a listening ear. Someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The pamphlet is available in English and Spanish.

Home Visiting Services

The YWCA of Western Massachusetts offers home visiting services to parents of all ages in Springfield, Holyoke and the surrounding communities. Home visiting services offer education about health and wellness, children's development and how to build a happy and healthy lifetime bond with your child. Learn more about the program by consulting the flyer or visiting their website.

The Care Center

The Community Adolescent Resource and Education Center (The Care Center) has been supporting thousands of teen mothers and their families since 1986, as they have continued their aducation and moved towards greater self-awareness and economic stability. The Care Center supports students as they work towards passing their high school equivalency exam and as they transition into college. Their program powerfully combines arts, humanities, athletics, high expectations, and persistent and convincing messages about the important of education, particularly higher education.
 
Young Parent Support

Young Parent Support (YPS) is a strength-based teen parenting program for young men age 15 to 24 and their children. YPS helps young parents obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to be competent parents, live independently, lead productive lives, and ensure healthy growth and development of their children.

Thom Springfield Infant Toddler Services

This program serves Springfield through Home Visiting to pregrant women, post-partum mothers and their infants. Partnership goals include improving maternal health and perinatal outcomes as well as supporting optimal infant growth and development through the first year of life. Home Visits focus on prenatal education, infant screening, breastfeeding information and support, among other goals. Find out if you and your family are eligible for program services.

Teen Parent Programs

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Teen Parent Network has programs across Massachusetts that provides structured residential living to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teens between the ages of 13 to 20 and their children. The goal of TPP is to provide teen parents and their children a safe place to live where they are able to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become competent parents and lead productive, independent lives. Find out if you are eligible for this program by viewing the pamphlet.
 

Behavioral Health Network (BHN), INC

BHN is a growing non-profit community behavioral health service agency providing services to children, adult, families, and communities in Western Mass since 1938. Their Early Intervention program offers a variety of services based on the family and child's needs for children from 0 to 3 years. These services range from physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, to autism services, and are provided in the child's natural environment including the home, childcare center, and community.
 
The Maternal Health 360 Project

The Maternal Health 360 Project works with pregnant women of all ages from the greater Springfield area. There is no cost to participants, and they work in conjunction with medical providers and community supports. They offer child care and an educational and support component for children, fathers, and other family members. Their goal is to positively influence birth outcomes and increase the chances of project participants delivering healthy full-term babies.
 
 
The Happiest Baby on the Block
 
 
Learn all about Dr. Karp's effective methods and Five S's (Swaddling, Side/Stomach, Shushing, Swinging, Sucking) to keep babies calm and happy. This program is run through WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) and is free of cost for participants in WIC.