The Medford Family Network
Bringing this vibrant community together
The Medford Family Network (MFN) is a no cost parenting education and family support organization. For over twenty-five years, the MFN has strengthened families by providing education and services to positively impact the development of children prenatal to age 8. All families who reside or work in Medford are eligible to participate. The MFN operates in close partnership with the Medford Public Schools, and is funded by the Department of Early Education and Care, The Children's Trust Family Center Grant, and the fundraising arm of the MFN, The Friends of The MFN.
The activities of the MFN are rooted in the five protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and children's social and emotional development.
Providing concrete support for The Medford Community
The front foyer of The MFN family center holds a variety of items such as children and adult clothing, books, formula, and baby equipment for exchange or to take if needed. A major Swap Day is held on a quarterly basis. See Calendar for details.
Fighting Food Insecurity
11% of Medford Families have food insecurity. 50% of Medford students qualify for free or reduced lunch. The MFN supports these families with donated supermarket gift certificates, annual holiday food baskets, and coordinating student and local churches and synagogues to collect and distribute food to needy families.
Parental Resilience is defined as parents who can cope with the stresses of daily life, as well as handle the occasional crisis. Resilient parents positively manage the challenges of family life, and can continue to endure when life suddenly becomes more cumbersome. The MFN promotes parent resilience by providing parenting classes, support groups, and creating opportunities for parent leadership and collaboration.
Programs of The MFN
Social Connections and the knowledge of child social and emotional development strengthens families. In addition to parenting workshops, the MFN also hosts structured Family Play and Learn Groups and Drop in Playtimes at our Family Center. Additionally, The MFN hosts many special events throughout the year. Due to Covid-19, many of the MFN's programs have become temporarily virtual. Please click on our calendar for more details.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
Parenting and Child Development
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development is crucial for strengthening families.
The MFN, in collaboration with the department of Early Education and Care and the Children's Trust, is committed to your child reaching every milestone. The Ages and Stages Questionnaire and program, ensures that children are reaching every important milestone in their development.
Parenting Education Workshops
The MFN’s Parenting Education Workshops are designed to challenge participants to try new strategies, build on personal strengths and values, and incorporate new learning into their parenting skills.
The MFN offers weekly Play and Learn Groups at The Family Center and at various locations around the city. These playgroups require registration in advance and are designed for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers. These groups are facilitated by a playgroup leader and foster parent/child interaction through play. These groups foster social connections and provide information on child development and community resources.
Contact The Medford Family Network
Please call or email Marie Cassidy, Director and Family Specialist, at The Medford Family Network to discover more about our work and how sign up for our events and programs. We thank you for your participation and support.
489 Winthrop St
Medford, MA 02155