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Our mission is to equip parents with tools, practical strategies, and connections to other families and their communities to foster healthy parenting and guide them through the first years of the parenting journey.
Free programs and services include:
New Parent Groups
Post Partum Depression Support
Parent Education Programs
Childcare & Early Education Information
Resource & Referral Guidance
ParentChild+ Home Visiting
Acton, MA 01720
Acton, MA 01720
Emotional Well-Being After Baby Group - Every Thursday
Experiencing postpartum blues? Emotional challenges are the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, yet parents often feel isolated and ashamed if they are struggling. Parents experiencing anxiety or depression, or who are feeling overwhelmed in the postpartum year, can come together for this supportive, nonjudgmental, confidential group to share stories, learn from each other, and receive coping skills strategies. This is an ongoing group for parents of babies 0-12 months.
EWAB is currently meeting via Zoom every Thursday, 9:30-11AM. This group is also meeting in person on the 3rd Thursday of each month on a drop-in basis, at First Connections in Acton. Before attending for the first time, or to obtain more info on connecting to the group please contact the facilitator, Heather O'Brien, LICSW at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mothers Group - Wednesdays 1-2:30
Any mother with a pre-crawling baby is welcome to attend this weekly support group. Open-discussion format is a forum for you to share experiences and resources, connect with other new mothers, and seek guidance about any concerns you might have. No registration required. Facilitated by a certified lactation counselor or consultant, however parents using bottles for feeding are welcome!
This group is currently meeting in a hybrid schedule. Email Mary at: email@example.com for the link and password if it's your first group, then you will automatically receive it each week.
NEW!! The group will meet in person one Wednesday per month at Littleton Library. To RSVP for the in-person option, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming dates are: Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 8, Dec. 6
Parent & Family Consultations - by appointment
First Connections' professional staff provide one-on-one consultations for parents who have questions or concerns about postpartum adjustment, infant development, breastfeeding, or sibling-adjustment issues. Meetings most often take place virtually but can be arranged in person, in our office or outdoors. This service is available to residents of Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Hanscom Air Force Base, Littleton, Lincoln, Maynard, Sudbury, and Westford.
Fall Playgroups run from the week of Sept. 11-Dec. 11. Groups with openings include:
Language & Literacy for Multilingual Families Ages 1 1/2-5 Years on Wednesdays, 10-11:00, held at First Connections in Acton
Me, You, We, Playgroup for Ages 3-5 on Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 at Boxboro Library
Email email@example.com to inquire about openings in either group, or to be put on a wait list for groups serving 1 year olds or 2 year olds.
Acton-Boxborough Family Network: www.abfamily.org
Bedford Family Connection: https://bfctoday.org/
Carlisle Family Connection: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CarlisleFamilyConnection/
Harvard Family Association: www.harvardfamilyassociation.com
Lincoln Family Association: www.lincfam.org
Littleton Parents Association: www.facebook.com/littletonparents
Maynard Family Network: www.maynardfamilynetwork.org
Sudbury Family Network: https://www.sudburyfamilynetwork.com/
Westford Young Child Network
https://www.facebook.com/groups/westfordyoungchildnetwork/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
First Connections is a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) program with primary funding from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. With additional support from generous individuals and organizations, First Connections' wide range of family services are offered at no charge.
Additional support for our fiscal year 2024 programs and services comes from:
Nordblom Family Foundation
Emerson Health Determination of Need Community Health Initiative
Concord Carlisle Community Chest
Schrafft Charitable Trust
Acton Boxborough United Way
Acton Congregational Church
Trinitarian Congregational Church
This work is also made possible by donations from local families and individuals.