Family Center Groups and Activities
All Families Touched by Adoption (AFTA)
All Families Touched by Adoption (AFTA) is a monthly discussion group. The mission of this group is to enrich the lives of children, families and all those touched by or considering adoption. We hope to provide education, support, communication and resources to all. For more information please contact Kim D’Arcy at 508-687-9182.
Baby’s 1st Year
An open discussion group for parents with a child up to the age of 1 year – Parents have an opportunity to share concerns and questions and discuss issues around infant feeding, sleeping and day to day development in his/her first year of life. Baby’s 1st Year is held every Thursday morning (10:30am-12:00pm) at the Family Center.
Brazilian Playgroup is a bilingual facilitated playgroup for Portuguese and English speaking families. This playgroup offers different planned activities to choose from such as blocks, books, and crafts. Brazilian Playgroup meets on Monday afternoons.
Parent to Parent
This is for any parent looking for a quiet moment to talk with other parents about parenting issues and child development. This group meets on Friday mornings 9:30-11 at the Family Center. This multi-week series requires pre-registration and offers onsite childcare. Next session will begin on April 27th, 2018.
Open Center gives families time to use the Family Center space outside of structured playgroup times. There is always a staff member or volunteer on site to welcome families and provide information. This is not a facilitated playgroup. Families set up their own activities choosing from the available Family Center materials. Families leave the space as they found it.
Dady’s Gym Time
An open playgroup on Saturday afternoons (3:00pm-4:30pm) at the Tisbury school gym (in winter) and at the Tisbury School Playground during warmer months. During gym time kids and their families can move playing with balls, bikes, parachutes and obstacle courses. A great way to run off extra energy. The Family Center provides all materials for this activity.
Learn with Me
Learn with Me is a monthly hands-on series that invite program invites families to explore our monthly themes in a fun, educational and interactive way at various locations in our community. Learn with Me programs have included trips to The Farm Institute, John Keene Excavation, Polly Hill Arboretum, Felix Neck and many more!
The Family Center will collaborate with our local libraries. Each month we will visit a different library.
Move with Me
Move with Me is a facilitated activity to move with your children. This group provides a great opportunity for big body movement. The Family Center provides mats, hula hoops, parachutes, balls, and music. Visit the calendar to see where Move with Me is taking place.
An open playgroup on Thursday mornings – This play time is held at different island parks and properties each week from early May until late November. Playgroups are sometimes canceled due to weather, please check the Family Center Facebook page for information.
The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meets one evening a month with members of the Family Center staff. Parents are welcome to join the PAC or attend a meeting at any
time to share an opinion, question or concern about the program. Parent feedback is used extensively in program planning, design and implementation. PAC members share in the leadership of the group by taking turns leading meetings, setting meeting agendas and completing tasks set by the group. All parents are invited and encouraged to become involved.
At the Family Center we offer parent education workshops. Our workshops cover various topics such as sibling rivalry, sleep shaping, financial education and nutrition. Parent feedback is used to determine the monthly topics for this continuing education. These workshops usually include dinner and childcare. All workshops require pre-registration for both attendance and childcare.
Play with Me
An open playgroup every Monday and Wednesday morning at the Family Center. Play with Me emphasizes the importance of families being children’s first educators. This is a facilitated playgroup focusing on our monthly themes. There are different planned activities to choose from such as blocks, manipulatives, books, dramatic play and arts and crafts.
The SWAP SHOP provides free gently used young children’s clothing, infant equipment and supplies. It is open during programming and by appointment. Donations are accepted during programming and by appointment only. All donations must first be approved by Family Center staff.
Stroller Skate is a collaboration with the MV Ice Arena that invites families to bring strollers onto the ice! Parents and caregivers can skate around and push strollers/wheelchairs for this special once-a-month Stroller Skate.
View the MV Community Services Family Center calendar for upcoming group dates.
For more information about any of our programs please contact The Family Center