Our partnerships are how the Parent Villages, Inc., General Partnership Initiative takes our commitment as agents caring for children, youth and families into specific action in the community. Our partnerships offer opportunities for sharing resources, increasing visibility, and expanding our diverse missions and visions.
We are supportive of all programs that focus on supporting our children and families!
is a collective effort of civil rights, social justice, and education advocates from across the Commonwealth working together to promote educational equity for historically underserved students in our state’s schools.
The Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership represents a statewide movement of advocates for educational equity committed to building power and capacity in historically underserved communities, advancing policies and practices that achieve educational justice, and shifting decision-making power and representation throughout the education system to be inclusive of community voices. MEEP mobilizes a diverse group of leaders across sectors to strategically enhance opportunities for all Massachusetts families.
Read! Reading Success by 4th Grade of Springfield City Library
is a community initiative with the goal of ALL of Springfield’s children reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade. They have received national recognition for their community work, and in March 2019, the Springfield City Library was designated as the new community-based home for the program. Reading is essential for academic success, and the program has continued to advocate for and educate students with its cross-sector initiative, Springfield-based strategies, and resources.
To learn more about Reading Success By 4th Grade visit them at: https://www.readby4thgrade.com/
The Common Start Coalition
is a statewide partnership of organizations, providers, and individuals working together to make high-quality early education and child care affordable and accessible to all Massachusetts families. Our goal is to ensure that all children in our Commonwealth have the same, strong start and enter school on a level playing field. We are a diverse coalition including community, faith-based, labor, business, and early education and care organizations, as well as early educators, parents, networks, and direct service organizations.
Parent Villages is a new convener partner with Common Start Coalition under the leadership of Jynai McDonald, Family Child Care Coordinator, "working to create a comprehensive policy that includes free care/sliding scale fees, nontraditional hours, quality care, and fair compensation for early educators and providers."
To learn more about the Common Start Coalition visit them at:
Family Prosperity Innovation Community
Baystate Medical Center is a sponsor of the Family Prosperity Innovation Community, an initiative started through the Aspen Institute. Our partnership on this initiative enhances Baystate’s understanding of community needs and further enables success to their goal of hiring more staff from the Springfield community and to better support their career path towards advancement within Baystate. This partnership has enabled Parent Villages growth and increased network connections necessary to fulfill our mission.
MIGHTY [Moving, Improving, and Gaining Health Together}
is an intensive six-month group program held at the YMCA that emphasizes physical activity, nutrition, and change of habits for the entire family. Our partnership with MIGHTY builds upon our commitment to health and wellness.
The Pediatric Weight Management Program is a multidisciplinary program serving children, adolescents, and young adults ages 2 to 21 with a diagnosis of obesity. It offers children and families resources to promote healthy nutrition, healthy activity, and a healthy lifestyle.
For Evaluation Information or To Enroll Contact:
Springfield MIGHTY Program
Kara Swain, Program Coordinator
Baystate Children's Hospital MIGHTY Program
413-739-6951, ext: 2257
To learn more about Baystate MIGHTY Program visit them at:
Springfield Red Sox
provides co-ed baseball training and team play for 8-14-year-olds. The organization has been active since 2016. The services are FREE to all youth who are interested. Coach and life long Springfield resident Adrian Monroe have been helping our youth learn the skills, discipline and community unification baseball ignites since its inception.
Join us in supporting Springfield Red Sox and the selfless work Coach Monroe and his team demonstrate to our children and community!
To learn more about the Springfield Red Sox training program, visit them at:
Kid’s Pick-Up Games
has been active since February 2016. Justin Cotton and his team provide basketball, soccer, baseball, and football for 3-14-year-old children.
Their mission is to make sure that every kid in Springfield, Mass, has access to a high-quality sports experience. What makes a high-quality sports experience?
Dedicated and knowledgeable coaches
Purposefully constructed teams
Making and maintaining friendships
To learn more about Kid's Pick-Up Games visit them at:
Boys & Girls Club Family Center, Springfield
THE CREW and Black Men of Greater Springfield
Holy Redeemer Cathedral
Neighborhood Point Person/Mutual Aid (NPP)
Neighbor to Neighbor
Parent Villages, Inc. is committed to expanding its reach within and beyond the Springfield community. Memberships/Partnerships, like this one we now have as an NPP/Organization with Neighbor to Neighbor's (N2N) NPP initiative, allows us to engage with a broader community. N2N is an organization that takes action by supporting community members with services such as voter registration, signing petitions and calling and holding legislators accountable, to marching in the streets.
NPP in collaboration with Mutual Aid provides a space to offer resources one may have to support a family in need. Visit the link below to add your resource to the database: HTTP://forms.gle/aHcCq3VimRHLyL5r8
Parent Villages is excited to partner in this meaningful and impactful way!
Contact us or see the N2N website here for additional information on becoming the next NPP:
Springfield: Zulmalee Rivera-413.364.4247, firstname.lastname@example.org
Holyoke: KatieTalbot-413.270.4894, email@example.com
Springfield Works: 2 Generation Whole Family Approach to Jobs
Springfield Works just WORKS. It is practical and effective. It is an initiative we are proud to be a part of. We bring quality workforce development programs that translate into actual jobs to Springfield residents who need them most. Our commitment to Springfield Works and the 2 Generational approach allows us to grow our budding Parent to Parent mentor program and expound upon our motto --“It still Takes a Village!”