At this time we continue to offer our Learn & Play and Interactive Story Time programs virtually on ZOOM. Raising a Reader will be in person, outside, weather permitting.

Our  schedule of Learn & Play Groups and Interactive Story Times is listed below.

Spring Programs run for 8 weeks from the week of April 4th through

the week of June 6th


We are excited to introduce MEET UP MONDAYS  this spring. Each Monday CFCE staff will be at a park in one of our ten towns from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, to say hello, give out books or activities, and allow families to get to gather safely outside! Look for when we'll be in your town below.

No registration necessary for Meet Up Mondays!

.  Continue scrolling for  prerecorded Story Times with Valerie, Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Information, and additional resources.

Keep an eye out for information about upcoming StoryWalks  in your community!

For more information on any of our programs or services, please contact Jodi Levin

jlevin@familyaccess.org or call 617-969-5906 x114

o en español Patricia Lazarte patricia.lazarte018@gmail.com

en español ou em portugues Patricia 860-501-7233

   All our early learning groups are for children ages 0 -5 with a parent, guardian or caregiver, and include circle time, singing, stories, and activities that support cognitive, physical, and social-emotional growth and development. Families will also have an opportunity to utilize the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, a free tool, that provides parents with a snapshot of their child’s development. Registration is required for all groups.


Spring Learn & Play Groups

Fun and engaging Circle Time, Stories, Songs and Activities that support cognitive, physical and social-emotional growth and development.

if there are multiple offerings of the same group, please choose the one group that is best for your target child


Get The Rhythm full waitlist started

3 - 5 year olds

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Family L & P full waitlist started

0 - 5 year olds

11:00 am - 11:30 am

STEAM L&P full waitlist started

3 - 5 year olds

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm



3- 5 year olds

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Spanish Preschool L&P

Aprender y juguar preescolar 

(solo en español)

3-5 años

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Ready for K full waitlist started

Children entering K in Sept. '22

1:00 - 1:45 pm


Fine Motor Fun

2-3 year olds

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Pre-School L&P 

3 - 5 year olds

11;00 am - 11:30 am

Spanish Preschool L&P

Aprender y juguar preescolar 

(solo en español)

3-5 años

1:00 - 1:30 pm


Get The Rhythm 

3 - 5 year olds

11:00 - 11:30 am




at the Newton Early Childhood  Program 

15 Walnut Pk

Open to the public after 3:00 M-F and Weekends


presented by Wayland Public Library

at Hannah Williams Park

71 Main St., Wayland

Kick off - May 7th 10:30 - 11:30


Wellesley Fells Library Garden

308 Weston Rd, Wellesley

available during library hours


 Interactive Story Times/Raising A Reader

An early literacy group focusing on building strategies for engaging children with books, creating extension activities inspired by the books, and providing a model for parents and caregivers in building a conversation around books (Dialogic Reading).


Interactive Story Time (on Zoom)

3 - 5 year olds

9:30 - 10:00 am

Raising a Reader (in person/Lexington)

2-5 year olds

11:00 - 11:30 am



Raising a Reader (in person/Burlington)

FULL waitlist started

5-6 year olds

3:00 - 3:30 pm


Interactive Story Time (on Zoom)

0 - 2 year olds

10:00 am - 10:30 am


no registration needed

3:00 - 4:00 pm

April 4th Woburn 

Shamrock Elementary School Preschool Playground

April  11 Waltham

Gilmore Park

April  25 Newton

Davis Field - Family ACCESS

May 2 Weston

Weston Town Playground

May 9 Arlington

North Union Park Thompson Elementary Field

May  16 Burlington

Simonds Park Playground

May 23 Needham

DiFazio Park

June 6 Wellesley


June 13 Wayland

Hannah Williams Park

June 20 Lexington



Parent Workshops


en español

¿Eres padre o madre de un niño/a menor de 8 años? Únase a nosotros en esta oportunidad de aprendizaje para construir un futuro mejor a través del liderazgo de los padres!! Seran 5 sesiones, de una hora – Por Zoom!!

Cada Martes, a las 10am, comenzando el 29 De Marzo

5 sesiones que promueven la preparación para la escuela, el bienestar familiar, la abogacía y mucho mas!!!!

Si está interesado, haga cliq aquí para registrarse 



Fridays 12:00 pm on Zoom


Join our weekly conversations of support, struggles and successes of parenting

young children
For parents/guardians of children ages

birth - 8 years in our catchment area:

Arlington, Burlington, Lexington, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley,

Weston and Woburn

register here  https://forms.office.com/r/4Mq7jhnNne



Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:30pm on Zoom

April 26th - June 14th 

If you sometimes struggle to understand your child's emotions or wish you had a roadmap to understanding your child's behavior please join Karen Seniuk, Director of Counseling and Consultation at Family ACCESS for an 8-week program based on decades of research to support and strengthen your parent-child relationship.

Register here:  


Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)

Parents, you are your child’s first and best teacher. And as teachers, the right tools can help you support your child’s growth and development.

 CLICK HERE  to learn more about the Ages & Stages Questionnaires and how this free tool might help you to continue supporting your child's healthy growth and learning. 


Pre-Recorded Programs

Pre-Recorded Story Time Videos with Valerie and more ...


Craft Idea: Paper Plate Llamas

Manualidad: Llamas de plato de papel


Craft Idea: Soda/Water Bottle Planter

Manualidad: soda/plantador de botellas de agua


Access to a wide range of books the you can read to your child, or that you and your child can listen to.  Offered in many languages.

Acceda a una amplia gama de libros que puede leerle a su hijo o que usted y su hijo pueden escuchar. Accesible en muchos idiomas.


Reading Resource: A story to help children deal with feeling mad

Recurso: Una historia para ayudar a los niños a lidiar con el enojo

 Book in English        Libro en Español 

Craft Idea: Heart Craft

Manualidad: Corazón


Acitivity: Shoe sorting math activity

Actividad: Actividad matemática de clasificación de calzado


Activity: learn some yoga positions to try at home

Actividad:Aprender algunas posturas de yoga para probar en casa

 VIEW HERE   English    VIEW HERE   Español

Activity Resource: The 3 B’s to calm your body

Recurso: Las 3 B’s para calmar tu cuerpo

 VIEW HERE   (English)     VIEW HERE   (Spanish)

Craft Idea: Paper Plate Dancing Sun

Manualidad: Marioneta de sol ( títere) plato de papel


Acitivity: Cupcake Liner Octopus

Actividad: Pulpo con Forro de cubiletes (magdalena)


Activity Resource: Help children with hand washing

Recurso: Ayudar a los niños a lavarse las manos

 VIEW HERE   (English)     VIEW HERE   (Spanish)

Craft Idea: Slime

Manualidad: Eslime


Acitivity: Craft a Routine Wheel

Actividad: Crea una rueda de rutina


Activity: Outdoors Rx Challenge:. Bark Rubbing

Actividad:Desafío RX al aire libre: Frotar la corteza


Activity Resource: To remind families that you have each other even in difficult times.

Recurso: Para recordar a las familias que tenemos incluso en tiempos difíciles.

 VIEW HERE   (English)     VIEW HERE   (Spanish)

Craft Idea: Make a paper plate cookie. Use this idea to “make” your own cookies with materials you have at home!

Manualidad: Haz una galleta con plato de papel. ¡Use esta idea para "hacer" sus propias cookies con los materiales que tiene en casa!


Activity: Match colors around your house. You can print the color cards, make your own, or simply show your child an object that is the color you want him/her to find!

Actividad: Combina colores en tu casa. ¡Puede imprimir las tarjetas de colores, hacer las suyas propias o simplemente mostrarle a su hijo un objeto del color que desea que encuentre!


Activity: Outdoors Rx Challenge: Nature Bracelet - wrap a piece of tape with the sticky side facing out. Walk around your neighborhood or your yard and collect pieces of nature. Stick them to your tape to make a bracelet.

Actividad:Desafío RX al aire libre: Pulseras de la naturaleza. Envuelva un trozo de cinta con el lado adhesivo hacia afuera. Camine por su vecindario o su patio y recolecta piezas de la naturaleza. Pégalos a tu cinta para hacer un brazalete.


Activity Resource: How humor can help children feel better

Recurso: Cómo el humor puede ayudar a los niños a sentirse mejor.

 VIEW HERE   (English)     VIEW HERE   (Spanish)

Craft Idea: Make your own Mr./Mrs. Potato Head out of felt or paper

Manualidad: Haga su propio Sr. / Sra. Cabeza de papa sin fieltro o papel


Activity: Ocean Life Experiment

Actividad: Experimento de vida oceánica


Activity: Outdoors Rx Challenge:  Collecting Nature. Think of one thing you can collect outside (acorns, sticks, rocks, leaves). Take a walk or explore your yard and see how many of that object you can collect.

Actividad: Desafío RX al aire libre: Recolectando la naturaleza. Piense en una cosa que pueda recolectar afuera (bellotas, palos, rocas, hojas). Salga a caminar o explore su jardín y vea cuántos objetos puedes recoger.

Activity Resource: Take care of yourself! Some practical ideas for caring for yourself while you care for others.

Recurso: ¡Cuídate! Algunas ideas prácticas para cuidarse mientras cuidas a los demás.

 VIEW HERE   (English)     VIEW HERE   (Spanish)

Craft Idea: Jungle Vine Gross Motor Activity

Manualidad: Vina de la jungla actividad motora gruesa


Activity: Heart in Hands Card-show love for mom or for anyone your child wants to say “I love you” to.

Actividad: Tarjeta Corazón en las manos: muestra amor por la madre o por cualquier persona a la que tu hijo quiera decirle "Yo también te amo.


Activity: Outdoors Rx Challenge:  Nature Journal

Actividad: Desafío RX al aire libre: Diario de la naturaleza


Activity Resource: Children learn so much through play.

Recurso: Los niños aprenden mucho jugando.

 VIEW HERE   (English)     VIEW HERE   (Spanish)

Craft Idea: Fine Motor Skills – Make Your Own Lacing Board

Manualidad: Habilidades motoras finas: haga su propia tabla de cordones


Activity: Paper Plate Garden

Actividad: Jardín de platos de papel


Activity: Outdoors Rx Challenge:  Rainbow Spotting

Actividad: Desafío RX al aire libre: Manchando el Arcoíris


Activity Resource: A timely article to start a conversation about race and some books to help.

Recurso: Un artículo oportuno para comenzar una conversación sobre raza y algunos libros para ayudar.


Craft Idea: Make Your Own Instruments – Even if you’re not planning a road trip, a homemade band sounds like fun!

Manualidad: Crea tus propios instrumentos: incluso si no estás planeando un viaje por carretera, ¡una banda casera suena divertida!


Activity: Number Pebbles

Actividad: Número de guijarros


Activity: Outdoors Rx Challenge:  Raft Building

Actividad: Desafío RX al aire libre: Construcción de balsas