The mission of the Massachusetts Family Centers is to provide resources and support to assist all families in becoming as strong and secure as possible. These centers are family centered, community-based and serve to connect families with each other as well as to other resources within the community.
The center’s environment is welcoming, accessible and respectful of the value and beliefs of the family. Staff are culturally competent and reflect the cultural, linguistic, racial, and ethnic diversity of the population of the community. Parents are partners in program decision-making and governance of the family centers.
The Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ Family Center provides education and support to parents of children ages 0-8, including the pre-natal/ pre-adpotive period, as well as to providers who care for them.
Our “home-base” is the Family Center located at 35 Greenwood Avenue, Vineyard Haven (across the street from the library), where parents can take their children to play, find information on community resources, access parenting education, find literacy support and network with other families.
- Parenting classes and discussion groups
- Family activities
- Support to Early Education and Care Groups
- Consultation on parenting concerns and child development
- Family visits (home or elsewhere)
- Leadership opportunities for parents
- Transition supports
- Swap shop of equipment and clothing
- Assistance with meeting basic needs
- Referrals to other island resources
- Community collaboration and planning
All activities are free of charge due to grants from the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund and the Department of Early Education and Care.
Childcare or childcare reimbursement and transportation are provided for all activities upon request.
The Family Center is located at 35 Greenwood Ave in Vineyard Haven.
Kim D’Arcy, Family Services Coordinator