December 13, 2018

MECA PARENT EDUCATION
AND FAMILY EVENTS
 


On a regular basis, MECA hosts a rich array of free family events and parent education opportunities.
Visit this page often to be up-to-date on our current happenings!
Or, "Like" us on Facebook at Milton Early Childhood Alliance. 


SKIP AND HOP CO-OP

Play Group

A free, parent cooperative, indoor play space
for energetic children aged infant to 5 years old
(with their parents/caregivers) to
play and make new friends!

Thursdays, Beginning December 6, 2018
through March 21, 2019
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
(see flyer for specific dates)

Huntington Hall located inside the
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Avenue, Milton

 
 

Baby and Me
Play Group Series
 

For parents/grandparents of infant children
ages birth to six months old.

Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
November 6, 13, and 20, 2018

10:00-11:00 AM


to be held at
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Ave., Milton

This group is for parents/grandparents with their infants up to 6 months old. It will provide a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, make new friends, and receive support. Playgroup will meet for one hour each week for a total of 8 weeks. 

Registration is required. Milton parents will be prioritized.

Click Here for more information.
 
 

 Join us for a free parent workshop with
book author, Charlie Appelstein!
 
 No Such Thing As a Bad Kid
 
Learn how to help young children be all that they can be by using a positive, strength-based approach.
 
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:30-9:00 PM
at Learning Circle Preschool 
3 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton
 
 
STEM Free Play Fridays

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are now a part of
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the Year:
Fall dates are:
September 14 and 28, 2018
October 12, and 26, 2018
November 9 and 23, 2018
December 7 and 21, 2018

To be held at:

Milton Public Library
Children's Story Hour Room
476 Canton Avenue, Milton


Click here for more information.
 
 

 

Fun On The Farm!
Join us for a fun, interactive learning experience on a working farm. Take a guided tour, learn how a farm works, enjoy a story and participate in a fun activity.
For families with children 3 to 10 years old. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay and supervise their child at all times.
 
September 8 and October 13, 2018
Join us for one or for both - the stories will be different each session!

Brookwood Community Farm
11 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton
10:00-11:00 AM
Co-sponsored with Brookwood Community Farm and MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.

Click here for more information. 
 

Summertime Stories

July 12th at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
July 26th at 10:00 - Cunningham Hall
August 16th at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
August 23rd at 10:00 - Cunningham Hall

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has teamed up with Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library to offer these terrific summer reading events for families and their children birth to six years old.
These are not drop-off events.

 
 

STEM Free Play Fridays

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are now a part of
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the Year:
Summer dates are:
June 22, 2018
July 13, 2018
July 27, 2018
August 10, 2018
August 24, 2018

To be held at:

Milton Public Library
Children's Story Hour Room
476 Canton Avenue, Milton


Click here for more information.
 

     Children’s Concert

June 7, 2018
6:00 to 7:30 PM
Baron Hugo Gazebo at Milton’s Town Hall  
 
Join us for toe-tappin’, banjo rockin’, guitar groovin’ music, singing, and fun for all ages! Wear your bright yellow t-shirt and meet other children entering kindergarten in the fall. Bring a blanket, picnic, and your friends for an evening of fun! Registration is not required. If it looks like rain, call 617-696-2262 after 4:00 PM . We’ll leave a message if we’ve postponed the Concert until June 21st. Co-sponsored with the Town of Milton’s Parks and Recreation Dept.
 

 Just in time for Spring!
Join us for THREE different
Story Walks...
 
HOUGHTON'S POND
840 Hillside Street, Milton
Daily, now through mid-June, 2018
and
TUCKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
- TRI-LINGUAL STORY! -
187 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton 
Daily, Now through end of June, 2018 
and 
Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue, Milton
Daily, Now through December 1st, 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(story will change every 6 weeks)

We have posted three very different Story Walks in town to celebrate the spring season. Take a self-guided walk outdoors while enjoying a children's story book posted along the way. Bring a picnic and dress for the weather. This is a free, rain or shine, outdoor event you can enjoy with your children anytime as listed above.
 

      We’re Having A

Launch Party!
A 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Launch Party!!
 
Bring your baby, toddler, or preschooler to hear some stories by Ms. Sara and Ms. Jen!
Milton Public Library on
Saturday, May 5th
10:00-10:30 AM
We’ll explain how this incredibly important reading program works and how we will help you and your child reach the goal. We will even help you sign-up on the spot.
Everyone who signs up receives a prize! Ms. Jen and Ms. Sara will be there to read stories that will count toward your goal! Registration is not required; just show up for some reading and singing fun!
 
Co-sponsored with Milton Public Library, the Friends of the Milton Public Library and the Milton Cultural Council.
 

Parent Cafés: Getting Ready for Kindergarten

 Will your child be attending kindergarten in the fall? Do you wonder if your child is ready academically, socially, or emotionally? Would you like to learn what you can do to make the transition easier for your child and your family?
Then, a free Parent Café is for you! This workshop is open to all Milton families; your child will not need to attend Milton Public Schools.
 
Choose from one of two sessions available, register and attend:
 
Session 1: Tuesday, May 1st
9:00-10:00 AM
Cunningham Hall
75 Edge Hill Rd., Milton
 
Session 2: Wednesday, May 2nd
5:00-6:00 PM
Tucker Elementary School
187 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton 
 
Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or calling 617-696-2262. Registration is not required, but is preferred so we may have an accurate count for handouts.
Co-sponsored with Milton Public Schools and Cunningham Hall.
 

       Fun On The Farm!

Join us for a fun, interactive learning experience on a working farm. Take a guided tour, learn how a farm works, search for critters that live on a farm, enjoy a story and participate in a fun activity.
For families with children 3 to 10 years old. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay and supervise their child at all times.
 
Three April School Vacation Week dates and locations are available.
Programs run from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM as follows:
April 19th, Brookwood Community Farm
Bradley Estate
2468 Washington St., Canton
 
April 20th, Brookwood Community Farm
11 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton
 
April 21st, Brookwood Community Farm
Eustis Estate
1424 Canton Ave., Milton
 
Co-sponsored with Brookwood Community Farm. 
 

 
 
STEM Free Play Fridays at Milton Public Library
Join us every other Friday in their Children's Story Hour Room from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Come enjoy some terrific parent and child activities while learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Activities are appropriate for children ages three to six years old WITH their parent, guardian or caregiver.
 
See what’s coming up:
April 13th: What Can You Build?
April 27th: Does It Stick?
May 11th: How Does It Go?
May 25th: Fine Motor Skills
June 8th: How Much Does it Weigh?
June 22nd: What Do You See?
 
Co-sponsored with Milton Public Library.
 

Story Walks at
Trailside Museum and
Houghton’s Pond


Our Story Walks, located at the Trailside Museum and Houghton’s Pond, have returned! A new story will be posted every five to six weeks at the Trailside Museum from the beginning of April through the end of November. Seasonal stories will be posted at Houghton’s Pond. Stories can be enjoyed by children both young and old. Bring some friends, read a story, have a picnic, take a hike. Remember to dress for the weather as this is an outdoor experience. Registration is not required. Co-sponsored with the MA Audubon and the MA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.
 

Learning Through Play
Toddler and Preschool
Play Group


Join us for a toddler and preschool language and literacy group for Moms/Dads/Grandparents AND their children ages 2 to 4 years old.

Thursdays, March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26,
and May 3, 2018
9:00-10:00 AM
to be held at
Discovery Schoolhouse, Inc.
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton


Registration is required. Milton parents will be prioritized.To register, please
email cpcmecasLd@verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.
You will receive a confirmation email or phone call requesting
contact information and verifying your registration.
Completion of an Ages & Stages Questionnaire
will be requested of you.

Click here for more information.
 

Win a Big Basket of
Children's Books!!


We want to hear from you...please complete our Family Survey and you will be entered into a raffle to win a basket filled with children's books.
Raffle will be drawn on February 28, 2018.
 
 

STEM Free Play Fridays

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are now a part of
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the Year:
Winter dates are:

January 5, 2018
January 19, 2018
February 2, 2018
February 16, 2018
March 2, 2018
March 16, 2018
March 30, 2018


To be held at:

Milton Public Library
Children's Story Hour Room
476 Canton Avenue, Milton


Click here for more information.
 

The Milton Public Library is offering
two, free, fun children's events
during this holiday season.
Check them out here!
 
 

We have teamed up with Milton Public Schools
to bring you...

A Tri-lingual Story Book in
English, French, and Spanish
at our

Story Walk

Where: Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Pkwy.
(back playground)
When: Daily through early December, 2017
An outdoor, rain or shine event.

This is a terrific opportunity to participate in a unique literacy event and enjoy a wonderful children's book with your family and friends!

Click here for more information.
 

SKIP AND HOP CO-OP

Play Group

A free, parent cooperative, indoor play space
for energetic children aged infant to 5 years old
(with their parents/caregivers) to
play and make new friends!

Thursdays, Beginning December 7, 2017
through March 22, 2018
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
(see flyer for specific dates)

Huntington Hall located inside the
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Avenue, Milton

 
 
 
Learning in Nature
2-part children's program
 
Fridays, October 13 and 20, 2017
10:00-11:00 AM
 
Brookwood Farm Conference Center
11 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton
(on the Milton line)
 
Join us for a super fun, 2-part, nature workshop for children with their parents/guardians ages 3 to 5 years old. This series will include stories, songs, crafts, and nature exploration - all in the big, Blue Hills! Parent must stay with and supervise their child at all times. Registration is required by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling 617-696-2262.
 

 
Story Hour at Brookwood Farm

Watch Linda Glaser's book, It's Fall!, come alive as you and your child experience the book first hand on a working farm!


Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00-11:00 AM
Brookwood Community Farm
11 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton
(on the Milton/Canton line)

Please note:
- For families with children 3 to 8 years old
- Parents/caregivers are expected to stay and supervise their child at all times
- Registration is required by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or
calling 617-696-2262
- For information due to inclement weather, call the Blue Hills Event line at
617-698-1802, ext. 3

Co-sponsored by Brookwood Community Farm and the
Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Click here for more information.

 The Power of Wind: Learning is a Breeze

Join us, and the educators of Historic New England, for a unique literacy event for children ages 4-10 years old with their parents. Learn about the power of wind at the Eustis Estate, and explore the beautiful landscape while enjoying the StoryWalk, "I Face the Wind" by Vicki Cobb. Families will also be able to try fun wind-based experiments and activities and make pinwheels to take home!
 
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Eustis Estate
1424 Canton Avenue, Milton
 
Co-sponsored by Historic New England.
 
How to Talk to Children About Race

Join us for a free, interactive workshop that will support parents, caregivers, and teachers when engaging in meaningful conversations about race and racial differences with young children. This workshop will be presented by Michelle Chalmers, author of "The Skin on My Chin" and is designed to support children in understanding human diversity.
 
Thursday, September 21, 2017
7:30-9:00 PM
Learning Circle Preschool
3 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton

Co-sponsored by Learning Circle Preschool and Curry College Education Dept.

 
Just in time for Fall!
Join us for TWO different
Story Walks...

Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue, Milton
Daily, Now through December 1st, 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
and

Brookwood Community Farm
11 Blue Hill River Road, Canton
Daily, September 9th through October 2nd, 2017 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 


We have posted two very different Story Walks in town to celebrate the fall season. Take a self-guided walk outdoors while enjoying a children's story book posted along the way. Bring a picnic and dress for the weather. This is a free, rain or shine, outdoor event you can enjoy with your children anytime as listed above.

 STEM Free Play Fridays

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are now a part of
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the Year:
Fall dates are:
September 15, 2017
September 29, 2017
October 13, 2017
October 27, 2017
November 10, 2017
November 24, 2017
December 8, 2017
December 22, 2017

To be held at:

Milton Public Library
Children's Story Hour Room
476 Canton Avenue, Milton


Click here for more information.
 

Story Hour at Brookwood Farm

Watch Janet Stevens' book, Tops and Bottoms, come alive as you and your child experience the book first hand on a working farm!


Saturday, July 15, 2017
10:00-11:00 AM
Brookwood Community Farm
11 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton
(on the Milton/Canton line)

Please note:
- For families with children 3 to 8 years old
- Parents/caregivers are expected to stay and supervise their child at all times
- Registration is required by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or
calling 617-696-2262
- For information due to inclement weather, call the Blue Hills Event line at
617-698-1802, ext. 3


Click here for more information.
  
Summertime Stories

July 13th at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
July 27th at 10:00 - Cunningham Hall
August 10th at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
August 24th at 10:00 - Cunningham Hall

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has teamed up with Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library to offer these terrific summer reading events for families and their children birth to six years old.
These are not drop-off events.

 
STEM Free Play Fridays

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are now a part of
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the Year:
Summer dates are:
June 2, 2017
June 16, 2017
June 30, 2017
July 14, 2017
July 28, 2017
August 11, 2017
August 25, 2017

To be held at:

Milton Public Library
Children's Story Hour Room
476 Canton Avenue, Milton


Click here for more information.
 

 Please join us for some toe-tappin',
banjo rockin', guitar groovin' music,
singing and fun for all ages!
Co-sponsored by Milton Parks and
Recreation Department

Hey Kids, Did you Ever
"Yodel for a Fish"?

Music fun with Wayne Potash

Thursday, June 8, 2017
(Rain date June 15th)
6:00-7:30 PM
Baron Hugo Gazebo at Town Hall

Click here for more information.


  Just in time for Spring!
Join us for TWO different
Story Walks...

Houghton's Pond
840 Hillside Street, Milton
Daily, April 15 through April 30, 2017

Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue, Milton
Daily, Now through May 30, 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


We have posted two very different Story Walks in town to celebrate National Week of the Young Child and the Commonwealth's Brain Building in Progress month. Take a self-guided walk outdoors while enjoying a children's story book posted along the way. Bring a picnic and dress for the weather. This is a free, rain or shine, outdoor event you can enjoy with your children anytime as listed above.

Click here for more information.

 Will your child be attending kindergarten in the fall? Do you wonder if your child is ready academically, socially, or emotionally? Would you like to learn what you can do to make the transition easier for your child and your family? Then, one of our free Parent Cafés is for you! Just choose from one of the two dates available, register (see below), and attend. This parent workshop is open to all Milton families; your child will not need to attend Milton Public Schools.

Parent Café - Getting Ready for Kindergarten!

Tuesday, May 2nd 9:00-10:00 AM

Collicot/Cunningham Elementary School Cafeteria
80 Edgehill Rd., Milton
OR
Wednesday, May 3rd 5:00-6:00 PM
Tucker Elementary School
187 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton

Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling 617-696-2262 with your name, the session you plan to attend, and a contact phone number. We will confirm your registration with a reply email or phone call. Child care will NOT be available for these events.

Click here for more information.


Baby and Me
Play Group

For parents/grandparents of infant children
ages birth to six months old.

Tuesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30,
June 6
, and 13, 2017
10:00-11:00 AM


to be held at
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Ave., Milton

This group is for mothers/fathers/grandparents with their infants up to 6 months old. It will be led by a professional facilitator and will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn play techniques and baby exercises, participate in open discussions in a supportive environment, learn what to expect and next steps, and receive valuable resources and information.

Registration is required. Milton parents will be prioritized.

Click Here for more information and how to Register.
 

 Learning Through Play
Toddler and Preschool
Play Group


Join us for a toddler and preschool language and literacy group for Moms/Dads/Grandparents AND their children ages 2 to 4 years old.

Thursdays, April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25,
and June 1, 2017
9:30-10:30 AM
to be held at
Discovery Schoolhouse, Inc.
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton


Registration is required. Milton parents will be prioritized.To register, please
email cpcmecasLd@verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.
You will receive a confirmation email or phone call requesting
contact information and verifying your registration.
Completion of an Ages & Stages Questionnaire
will be requested of you.

Click here for more information.



Play With Me Dad!

Join us for an evening of learning AND
a morning of playing...

RE-SCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 AND SATURDAY, APRIL 8!! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Discovery Schoolhouse, Inc.
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton

-This free, 2-part workshop is for dads with children birth to five years old 
-Learn more about your child's current and future development by completing an Ages & Stages Questionnaire
-A free Brain Building gift bag will be given to each participant
-A light dinner will be served during the evening session
-The Saturday morning session is all about play - so bring your child(ren)!
-Registration is required by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or
by calling 617-696-2262

-Milton residents will be prioritized

 
STEM Free Play Fridays 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are now a part of
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the Year:
Winter dates are:
January 13, 2017
January 27, 2017
February 10, 2017
February 24, 2017
March 10, 2017
March 24, 2017

To be held at:
Milton Public Library
Children's Story Hour Room

476 Canton Avenue, Milton

Click here for more information.
 

SKIP AND HOP CO-OP

 

Play Group

A free, parent cooperative, indoor play space
for energetic children aged infant to 5 years old
(with their parents/caregivers) to
play and make new friends!

Thursdays, Beginning December 1, 2016
through April 6, 2017
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
(see flyer for specific dates)

Huntington Hall located inside the
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Avenue, Milton

 

We have teamed up with Milton Public Schools
for Family Literacy Month
to bring you...

A Tri-lingual Story Book in
English, French, and Spanish
at our

Story Walk

Where: Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Pkwy.
(back playground)
When: Daily through November, 2016
An outdoor, rain or shine event.

This is a terrific opportunity to participate in a unique literacy event and enjoy a wonderful children's book with your family and friends.

Click here for more information.
 
Help Me Get Ready to Read

Join us as Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok, authors of the book, Help Me Get Ready to Read, guide parents, grandparents, caregivers, and early childhood professionals on how best to read aloud to children during their first five years.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7:30-9:00 PM
Learning Circle Preschool
3 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton

Co-sponsored by Learning Circle Preschool and Curry College Education Dept.
 

Story Tour at Brookwood Farm

Watch Lois Elhert's book, Growing Vegetable Soup, come alive as you and your child experience the book first hand on a working farm!


Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:00-11:00 AM
Brookwood Community Farm
11 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton
(on the Milton/Canton line)

Please note:
- For families with children 3 to 8 years old
- Parents/caregivers are expected to stay and supervise their child at all times
- Registration is required by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or calling 617-696-2262
- For information due to inclement weather, call the Blue Hills Event line at
617-698-1802, ext. 3


Click here for more information. 

Summertime Stories

July 7th at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
July 21st at 10:00 - Cunningham Hall
August 4th at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
August 18th at 10:00 - Cunningham Hall

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has teamed up with Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library to offer these summer reading events for families and their children birth to six years old.
These are not drop-off events.


 
Please join us for some toe-tappin',
banjo rockin', guitar groovin' music,
singing and fun for all ages!
Co-sponsored by Milton Parks and
Recreation Department

Hey Kids, Did you Ever
"Yodel for a Fish"?

Music fun with Wayne Potash

Thursday, June 2, 2016
(Rain date June 9)
6:00-7:30 PM
Baron Hugo Gazebo at Town Hall

Click here for more information.

 

Will your child be attending kindergarten in the fall? Do you wonder if your child is ready academically, socially, or emotionally? Would you like to learn what you can do to make the transition easier for your child and your family? Then, one of our free Parent Cafés is for you! Just choose from one of the three dates available, register (see below), and attend. This parent workshop is open to all Milton families; your child will not need to attend Milton Public Schools.

Parent Café - Getting Ready for Kindergarten!

Monday, May 2nd 9:00-10:00 AM

Tucker Elementary School
187 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton
OR
Thursday, May 5th 5:00-6:00 PM
Tucker Elementary School
187 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton
OR
Thursday, May 12th 8:30-9:30 AM
Collicot/Cunningham Elementary Schools Cafeteria
80 Edgehill Road , Milton

Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling 617-696-2262 with your name, the session you plan to attend, and a contact phone number. We will confirm your registration with a reply email or phone call. Child care will NOT be available for these events.

Click here for more information.

 We have plastered the town with a unique family literacy event!!
Join us for THREE different Story Walks...

Collicot Elementary School
80 Edgehill Road, Milton
Daily through April, 2016

Brookwood Farm
11 Blue Hill River Road, Milton/Canton Line
Daily through Spring, 2016

Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue, Milton
Daily through Spring, 2016 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We have posted three very different Story Walks around town in celebration of National Week of the Young Child and the Commonwealth's Brain Building in Progress month. Take a self-guided walk outdoors while enjoying a children's story book posted along the way. Bring a picnic and dress for the weather. This is a free, rain or shine, outdoor event you can enjoy with your children anytime as listed above.

Click here for more information. 

 Baby and Me
Play Group

For Milton parents/grandparents of infant children
ages birth to six months old.

Wednesdays, April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25,
June 1
, 8, and 15, 2016
9:30-10:30 AM


to be held at
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Ave., Milton

This group is for mothers/fathers/grandparents with their infants up to 6 months old. It will be led by a professional facilitator and will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn play techniques and baby exercises, participate in open discussions in a supportive environment, learn what to expect and next steps, and receive valuable resources and information.

Registration is required.

Click Here for more information and how to Register.

To celebrate the
maple sugar season,
a Story Book
has been installed for
the month of March at
Brookwood Farm!!

Story Walk®

We have teamed up with DCR Blue Hills Reservation

Where: Brookwood Farm, 11 Blue Hill River Rd.
on the Milton/Canton line
When: Daily through March, 2016
An free, outdoor, rain or shine event.

This is a terrific opportunity to participate in a unique literacy event and enjoy a wonderful children's book with your family and friends, take a pleasant walk, read a children's book, see the sugar buckets on the maple trees, look for the clear sap coming from the trees, and listen for the dripping of the sap into the buckets.

Click here for more information.
 

 Learning Through Play
Toddler and Preschool
Play Group


Join us for a toddler and preschool language and literacy group for Moms/Dads/Grandparents AND their children ages 2 to 4 years old.

Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25,
March 3 and 10, 2016
9:00-10:00 AM
to be held at
Discovery Schoolhouse, Inc.
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton


Registration is required. To register, please
email cpcmecasld@verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.
You will receive a confirmation email or phone call requesting
contact information and verifying your registration.
Completion of an Ages & Stages Questionnaire
will be requested of you.

Click here for more information.



 SKIP AND HOP CO-OP

Play Group

Offering a free, parent cooperative, indoor play space
for energetic children aged infant to 5 years old
(with their parents/caregivers) to
play and make new friends!

Thursdays, Beginning December 3, 2015
through April 14, 2016
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Huntington Hall located inside the
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Avenue, Milton


A Tri-lingual Story Book in
English, French, and Spanish
has been installed for
Family Literacy Month at
Tucker Elementary School!!

Story Walk

We have teamed up with Milton Public Schools
for Family Literacy Month and
Statewide Story Walk Day!

Where: Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Pkwy.
(back playground)

When: Daily through November, 2015

An outdoor, rain or shine event.

This is a terrific opportunity to participate in a unique literacy event and enjoy a wonderful children's book with your family and friends.

Click here for more information.
 
 

A Peek Into Your Child's Mind...
Setting Your Child Up To Succeed

A free, 2-part parent education series for
parents and caregivers of children birth to age 5

November 3rd and 10th, 2015
7:00-8:30 PM at
Discovery Schoolhouse
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton


Click here for more information. 
 
Food Day Festival
 
Fun activities focusing on healthy food choices, where food comes from, investigating the science of familiar vegetables, and planting are planned as part of National Food Day. Stories, gardening, arts, and science activities will be included as well as scheduled walks to Brookwood Farm (walks will be weather permitting).
 
Friday, October 23, 2015
9:30 AM
Learning Circle Preschool 
3 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton
 
 
 Developing Resilient Children
Brought to you by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton
 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
6:30 PM
BID-Milton Nangeroni Center
199 Reedsdale Rd.,  Milton
 
Join Maria Trozzi, M.Ed., a nationally noted speaker and author, for an interactive evening exploring the typical and not-so-typical speed bumps that children and adolescents encounter growing up in 2015.
 
 

 Baby and Me
Play Group

For Milton parents/grandparents of infant children
ages birth to six months old.

Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11 and 18, 2015

to be held at
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Ave., Milton

This group is for mothers/fathers/grandparents with their infants up to 6 months old. It will be led by a professional facilitator and will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn play techniques and baby exercises, participate in open discussions in a supportive environment, learn what to expect and next steps, and receive valuable resources and information.

Registration is required.

Click Here for more information and how to Register.
 

 Please join us for a Parent Education Workshop:
Helping Children Be the Best
They Can Be

by Using Positive,
Strength-Based Techniques


Monday, October 5, 2015
7:00 PM
Learning Circle Preschool
3 Blue Hill River Road
Canton, MA

This workshop will be presented by Charlie Appelstein,
a nationally prominent child care specialist and author.

Click here for more information.


  Story Walk

A New Book Has Been Posted for the Fall!!

This is an outdoor, rain or shine event.
Bring a picnic, take a hike, visit the animals AND read a
terrific
children's book.

Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue, Milton
Daily, September 18 to November 16, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Click here for more information.

 
STEM Free Play Fridays

STEM is now a part of
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the Fall:
September 18, 2015
October 2, 2015
October 16, 2015
October 30, 2015
November 13, 2015
November 27, 2015
December 11, 2015
January 8, 2016
January 22, 2016
February 5, 2016
February 19, 2016
March 4, 2016
March 18, 2016
 
 
To be held at:
Milton Public Library
476 Canton Avenue, Milton

Click here for more information.

 
 Summertime Stories

July 2nd at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
July 16th at 10:00 - Cunningham Hall
August 6th at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
August 20th at 10:00 - Cunningham Hall

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has teamed up with Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library to offer these summer reading events for families and their children birth to six years old.
These are not drop-off events.
 

 
STEM Free Play Fridays

We have added STEM activities to the
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the Summer:
July 17, 2015
July 31, 2015
August 14, 2015
August 28, 2015

To be held at:
Milton Public Library
476 Canton Avenue, Milton

Click here for more information.
 
 

 Story Walk

Has returned with NEW books for the Summer!!

This is an outdoor, rain or shine event.
Bring a picnic, take a hike, visit the animals AND read a
terrific
children's book while enjoying a healthy walk and some fresh air.

Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue, Milton 
Daily, June 1 to August 31, 2015
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


Click here for more information.

 
 Please join us for some toe-tappin',
banjo rockin', guitar groovin' music,
singing and fun for all ages!
Co-sponsored by Milton Parks and
Recreation Department
 

Hey Kids, Did you Ever
"Yodel for a Fish"?
 

Music fun with Wayne Potash 

Thursday, June 4, 2015
 (Rain date June 11)
6:00-7:30 PM
Baron Hugo Gazebo at Town Hall
 

Click here for more information.

 

 Story Walk

Has returned with a NEW book for the Spring!!

This is an outdoor, rain or shine event.
Bring a picnic, take a hike, visit the animals AND read a
terrific
children's book while enjoying a healthy walk and some fresh air.

Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue, Milton

Daily, April 11 to June 30, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day


Click here for more information.

A Peek Into Your Child's Mind...
Setting Your Child Up To Succeed


A free, 3-part parent education series for
parents and caregivers of children birth to age 5

Tuesdays, March 24, 31 and April 7, 2015
7:00-8:30 PM at
First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Ave., Milton

(use back, Centre School entrance)

Click here for more information and registration instructions. 
 
 
 "Learning Through Play"
Play Group

Note: Change in dates and ages!!

Thursdays, March 19, 26, April 2, 
9, 16 and 23, 2015
to be held at
Discovery Schoolhouse
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton


Preschool Language and Literacy Play Group
For parents/caregivers and their children
2 to 4 years old
9:00-10:00 AM

Registration is required.
To register, please email cpcmecasld@verizon.net
OR call 617-696-2262.
You will receive a
confirmation email or phone call requesting
contact information and verifying your
registration.

 
Is your child getting ready to go to Kindergarten?
MECA invites you to attend:

Kindergarten: Your Child's
Next Big Step

Presented by: Cheryl Render Brown,
Assoc. Professor of Education at Wheelock College

To be held at:
Discovery Schoolhouse
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
7:00-8:30 PM
 

Click here for more information.

 

 "Learning Through Play"
Play Group


Thursdays, January 29, February 5, 12, 
19, 26 and March 5, 2015
to be held at
Discovery Schoolhouse
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton


Preschool Language and Literacy Play Group
For parents/caregivers and their children
3 to 5 years old
9:00-10:00 AM

Registration is required.
To register, please email cpcmecasld@verizon.net
OR call 617-696-2262.
You will receive a
confirmation email or phone call requesting
contact information and verifying your
registration.

SPACE IS LIMITED - SO PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!

 

 SKIP AND HOP CO-OP

Play Group

A free, parent cooperative, indoor play group
for energetic children aged infant to 5 years old
(with their parents/caregivers) to
play and make new friends!

Thursdays, Beginning January 15, 2015
through April 30, 2015
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Huntington Hall located inside the
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Avenue, Milton


 STEM Free Play Fridays
We have added STEM activities to the
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the year:
January 16 and 30, 2015
February 13 and 27, 2015
March 13 and 27, 2015
April 10 and 24, 2015
May 8 and 22, 2015
June 5 and 19, 2015

To be held at:
Milton Public Library
476 Canton Avenue, Milton
 

 

Story Walk


We have teamed up with Tucker Elementary School
for Family Literacy Month!
 

Where: Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Pkwy.
(back playground)

When: Daily through November, 2014

 
An outdoor, rain or shine event.
This is a terrific opportunity to participate in a unique literacy event and enjoy a wonderful children's book while getting some fresh air.

Click here for more information.

Story Walk

A NEW book has been
installed for the Fall!!

This is an outdoor, rain or shine event.
Bring a picnic, take a hike, visit
the animals AND read a terrific
children's book while enjoying a
healthy walk and some fresh air.

Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Avenue, Milton

Daily, October 1 to 31, 2014
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day


Click here for more information.

 


STEM Free Play Fridays

We are adding STEM activities to the
Milton Public Library's
Free Play Fridays!

Join us every other Friday throughout the year:
September 12 and 26, 2014
October 10 and 24, 2014
November 7 and 21, 2014
December 5 and 19, 2014

To Be Held at:
Milton Public Library
476 Canton Avenue, Milton


Click here for more information. 

Join us for a
free parent education workshop!

Cultivating Skills Through Sensory Play:
Brain Development and Sensory Learning


Wednesday, October 8, 2014
7:00-8:30 PM
To Be Held At:
Learning Circle Preschool
3 Blue Hill River Road
Canton, MA


Click here for more information.

 
This workshop is a collaboration with Learning Circle Preschool and the
Curry College Undergraduate Education Department 

 

KINDERGARTEN DAYS!

 

To all children entering kindergarten this fall,

wear your bright yellow,

"I'm Going to Kindergarten!" t-shirt

and visit these locations for

some great treats.

 

Date: August 30 through September 6, 2014

 

 

Sponsor

Address

Offer

G.H. Bents Cookie Factory

7 Pleasant Street

2 free cookies

Mackie’s Barber Shop

20 Central Avenue

$1 off a haircut

Mr. Chan’s

534 Adams Street

Free 4 pc. Chicken fingers

Citizen’s Bank

420 Granite Avenue

Free piggy bank

Starbucks

552 Adams Street

Free kiddie drink of your choice

The Fruit Center

338 Granite Avenue

Free piece of fruit and a pen (while supplies last)

Ichiro Sushi

538 Adams Street

Free item of your choice from 7 specific food items

The Nutshell

10 Bassett Street

Free Dr. Seuss pencil and 3 stickers from counter display

 

Please thank our sponsors for their support of Milton's youngest school children!

 

 


Summertime Stories
for
Preschoolers

August 6th at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
August 6th at 12:00 - Cunningham Hall
August 13th at 10:00 - Tucker Elementary School
August 13th at 12:00 - Cunningham Hall

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has teamed with Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library to offer these summer reading events for preschoolers.
These are not drop-off events.

Click here for more information.


 

STORY WALK

 

Where:   The Trailside Museum

         1094 Canton Ave.

When: Daily, August 1 to September 6, 2014

              9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Click here for more information.


Please join us for some toe-tappin',
banjo rockin', guitar groovin' music,
singing and fun for all ages!
Co-sponsored by Milton Parks and
Recreation Department
 

Hey Kids, Did you Ever
"Yodel for a Fish"?
 

Music fun with Wayne Potash 

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Postponed to June 12th due to rain!!
(Rain date June 12)
6:00-7:30 PM
Baron Hugo Gazebo at Town Hall
 


Click here for more information.


 

 STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
for Parents with their
Children 3 to 5 years old

Let's Build...be an engineer
May 24, 2014

How Many Senses?...use technology
May 28, 2014

Math Garden...be a mathematician
June 7, 2014

Simply Simple Machines...be a scientist
June 21, 2014

Registration is REQUIRED.
Please click here for more information and
registration requirements
.

 Please join us for a two-part
Parent Education Workshop Series:
Strategies for Success

Tuesdays, May 13 and 20, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 PM
Discovery Schoolhouse
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton
 
 Do you question yourself as a parent...
Am I too strict with my child? Am I too lenient? Is this fight worth fighting? Why are my children so different? Why is one always happy and the other always irritable? Will it always be this way or can they change?

These questions and more will be answered! 

Registration is required.
Please click here for more information.
 
 
 
 
 

Baby and Me
Play Group
 

 For parents/caregivers of infant children
ages birth to six months old. 

April 30, May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2014
9:30-10:30 AM each week

to be held at
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Ave., Milton

 

This group is for mothers/fathers/caregivers with their infants up to 6 months old. It will be led by a professional facilitator and will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn play techniques and baby exercises, participate in open discussions in a supportive environment, learn what to expect and next steps, and receive valuable resources and information.
 
Registration is required.

Click Here for more information and how to Register.

 

Piggy Banking
For children ages 4 to 8 years old
AND their parent, grandparent or
caregiver.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014
2:30-3:30 PM
Milton Public Library
Keys Community Room

Please click here for
registration information.

 
Join us in celebrating
WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD
with a month long
 


STORY WALK

 

Where:   The Trailside Museum

         1094 Canton Ave.

When: Daily, April 6 to May 3, 2014

              9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Click here for more information.


 
 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

To Our 2014
Professional Recognition Award
winner...

 

 

Chris Lenane
Adams Street Early Learning Center

An Awards Banquet will be held
in her honor on
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at
Common Market Restaurant
97 Willard Street, Quincy
6:30 PM
Cost per person $30

Reservations must be made through MECA no later than Friday, April 18th. Please make checks payable to Milton Early Childhood Alliance and mail to 495 Canton Ave., Milton, MA 02186.
Please call 617-696-2262 with questions.


 
 "Learning Through Play"
Play Groups
 


Tuesdays, March 18, 20, April
1, 8 and 15, 2014
to be held at
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton 

Toddler Language and Literacy
For parents and their child
15 months to 2.9 years old
9:00-9:45 AM

Preschool Language and Literacy
For parents and their child
2.9 years to 5 years old
10:00-10:45 AM

Registration is required. To register, please call 617-696-2262
OR email
cpcmecasld@verizon.net. You will receive a
confirmation phone call or email requesting
contact information and verifying your
registration.

SPACE IS LIMITED - SO PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! 

Click here for more information. 

 

 Do you second guess your parenting decisions?
Are you getting conflicting parenting advice from others?
Are your children no longer responding to what worked in the past?

Then, this parent workshop is for you!

Deepening Your Loving Connection
With Your Child


Learn how to communicate, connect and
parent your children with confidence!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Discovery Schoolhouse
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton
7:00-8:30 PM

Registration is required.

Click here for more information.
 

 
 Back by popular demand!
Story Walk
This is an outdoor, rain or shine, FREE event.

Where: Milton Public Library
476 Canton Ave., Milton
When: February 16 to 23, 2014
Note: This is an outdoor event and can be enjoyed during the light of day. Please dress for the weather.
 
 

Is your child getting ready to go to Kindergarten?
MECA invites you to attend:

Kindergarten: Your Child's
Next Big Step

Presented by: Cheryl Render Brown,
Assoc. Professor of Education at Wheelock College


RE-SCHEDULED!!
to February 25, 2014
7:00-8:30 PM


to be held at:
Discovery Schoolhouse
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton

Click here for more information.


Milton Public Schools
Kindergarten Registration
for Fall, 2014  has begun!
and...
Kindergarten Information Night
has been scheduled!

Click here for more information.

SKIP AND HOP CO-OP
Play Group

A free, parent cooperative, indoor play group
for energetic toddlers and preschoolers
(with their caregivers) to
play and make new friends!
Parents with their infants are welcome as well!

Thursdays, Beginning December 12, 2013
through May 1, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Huntington Hall located inside the
First Congregational Church
495 Canton Avenue, Milton

Click Here for More Information

 "Learning Through Play"
Play Groups
 


Wednesdays, November 13, 20, 27,
December 4, 11 and 18, 2013
to be held at
Discovery Schoolhouse
101 Blue Hills Pkwy., Milton 

Toddler Language and Literacy
For parents and their child
15 months to 2.9 years old
9:00-9:45 AM

Preschool Language and Literacy
For parents and their child
2.9 years to 5 years old
10:00-10:45 AM

Registration is required. To register, please call 617-696-2262
OR email
cpcmecasld@verizon.net. You will receive a
confirmation phone call or email requesting
contact information and verifying your
registration.

SPACE IS LIMITED - SO PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! 

Click here for more information.


Back by popular demand!
Story Walk
This is an outdoor, rain or shine, FREE event.

Where: The Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Ave., Milton
When: October 12 to 31, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
 


Please join us for a Parent Education Workshop:
Helping Children Be the Best
They Can Be

by Using Positive,
Strength-Based Techniques


Wednesday, October 2, 2013
7:00 PM
Learning Circle Preschool
3 Blue Hill River Road
Canton, MA

This workshop will be presented by Charlie Appelstein,
a nationally prominent child care specialist and author.

Brought to you in collaboration with Learning Circle Preschool.

Click here for more information.

Baby and Me
Play Group
 

 For parents/caregivers of infant children
ages birth to six months old. 

Wednesdays, October 2, 9,
16, 23, 30 and November 6, 2013
9:30-10:30 AM each week

to be held at
First Congregational Church
in their Parlor
495 Canton Ave., Milton

 

This group is for mothers/fathers/caregivers with their infants up to 6 months old. It will be led by a professional facilitator and will provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn play techniques and baby exercises, participate in open discussions in a supportive environment, learn what to expect and next steps, and receive valuable resources and information.
 
Registration is required.

Click Here for more information and how to Register.


 KINDERGARTEN DAYS!

Wear your bright yellow,
"I'm Going to Kindergarten!" t-shirt
and visit these locations for
some great treats.

Date: August 31 through September 7, 2013 

Sponsor

Address

Offer

G.H. Bents Cookie Factory

7 Pleasant Street

2 free cookies

Mackie’s Barber Shop

20 Central Avenue

$1 off a haircut

Mr. Chan’s

534 Adams Street

Free 4 pc. Chicken fingers

Citizen’s Bank

420 Granite Avenue

Free piggy bank and lollipop

Starbucks

552 Adams Street

Free kiddie drink of their choice

The Fruit Center

338 Granite Avenue

Free piece of fruit

Ichiro Sushi

538 Adams Street

Free 6 pc. avocado, cucumber or California roll

The Nutshell

10 Bassett Street

Free Dr. Seuss pencil and an eraser

 Please thank our sponsors for their support of Milton's youngest school children!



Back by popular demand!
Story Walk
This is a week long, outdoor, rain or shine, FREE event.

Where: The Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Ave., Milton
When: July 28 through August 4, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day
 

 
These are the workshops we have presented in the past.  Please look for them again in the future!
Effective and Loving Discipline, a four-part parenting series
Presented by Faina Smith
The Gift of Limits and Acceptance, Presented by Faina Smith
WALKING THE PARENTING TIGHTROPE
A three-part parenting series covering topics such as:
Buidling Resilience and Learning to Let Go,
Harmonius Siblings - Fact or Fiction and
That Crazy Time of Day!
Kindergarten: Your Child's Next Big Step
Presented by Cheryl Render Brown, Assoc. Professor of Education at Wheelock College
Early Care and Education Program Information Night
Family Communication, a
 4-part series for Parents of
Children Ages 2 to 6 yrs. old
  Presented by Faina Smith
Becoming the Parent You Want to Be:
Positive Discipline and Conflict Resolution with Young Children
A 3-part Parenting Series
with Linda Jones, Facilitator
Setting Limits: Liberating Parents and Children
with Faina Smith 
Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood
with Susan Linn, Ed.D.
Family Communication for Parents of Young Children:
A four-part series with Faina Smith
 
Asthma and Allergies: Understanding Asthma and
How To Prevent Asthma Emergencies
with Sharon Shumack
Treating Attention Deficit with Food and Vitamins -
Is There an Alternative to Drugs?
with Joan Endyke
with Joan Endyke
Adoptive Family Support Group Pot Luck Supper
Setting Kids Up To Succeed -
Foster their EQ as well as their IQ
with
Patty Whitelaw, MSEd, Parent Educator
Chores without Roars with Patricia Whitelaw
Whatever Happened to the Cleavers? An 8-week series for adoptive and pre-adoptive parents presented by Linda Grillo, Exec. Director of Adoptive Families Together
Attachment and Trust with Corinne Rayburn
Milton Early Care and Education Information Night

"Mom, They're Teasing Me"
with Lawrence Cohen, PhD. and Catherine O^Neill Grace
Back to Balance with Brenda Fingold
Celebrating Our World Community A Family Picnic and Concert with Susan Reed
The Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and Birth Mothers: Understanding Adoption with Kay Seligsohn, PhD
FATHERHOOD DEVELOPMENT: Strategies for Successful Parenting with Renee Martinez
KINDERGARTEN: Your Child's next big step with Cheryl Render Brown, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College
Start Seeing Diversity with Patti DeRosa
Beating Cabin Fever Presented by the MECA Parent Education Committee
Single Parent Potential: An 8 week series for single parents with children between the ages of birth and 6 years old Led by Hetti Wohlgemuth
Single Parenting: Challenges and Opportunities led by Candelaria Sylva
Talking About Touching: Teaching children about personal safety Presented by Suzin Bartley of the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund
Milton Public Schools
Kindergarten Information Night
Skillful Parenting Series For Parents of Young Children: A six week series for parents with Children birth to six years old Led by Faina Smith

If you^re interested in learning about parenting but can^t get out of the house, try this link to PARENTINGONLINE.ORG This web-site is run by Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP), which is a non-profit organization consisting of parents and professionals concerned about the quality of family life. They provide FREE online parenting classes ranging from the techniques of building love and showing respect to your children to dealing with the strong-willed or out-of-control kids. Their discussions also cover such topics as: joint custody, divorce, separation, stepparenting, stepchildren, visitation, addiction, alcohol and drug abuse.