Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Programs (CFCE) are locally based programs serving families with children birth through school age. The FY2010 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant is a consolidation of the Community Partnerships for Children Programs (CPC), Massachusetts Family Network Programs (MFN), Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) and Joint Family Support Programs (JFSP).
- Increase knowledge of accessibility to high-quality early education and care programs and services for families with children prenatal through school-age.
- Promote parent education, family engagement and early literacy.
- Facilitate collaboration and community planning between local early education and care partners and other community stake holders, including parents.
- Provide support and information to families with children transitioning between and among early education and care settings, home and school, and
- Support early education and care programs across the public and private sectors in delivering high-quality services.
About Our Program
Peabody originally directed the Community Partnerships for Children Program until it was consolidated to the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program in 2009. Peabody Public Schools expanded the CFCE program and was awarded Danvers, Beverly, Topsfield, Middleton and Boxford in 2012. The CFCE program is 100% grant funded by the Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools.
Donna Connelly, CFCE Coordinator, has been operating this program for over 16 years. She has extensive knowledge of local childcare, food programs, childcare voucher programs, housing programs and much more. She has worked over 16 years distributing Toys for Tots to hundreds of children during the holiday season. She is a member of Peabody's International Festival committee and assists in coordinating Kid's Day. She is also a member of many local agency committees.
Our CFCE office is centrally located the John E. McCarthy School, 76 Lake Street, Peabody. Our office is also a play area for our free parent child playgroups. We have many helpful parenting resources available right outside our door. The McCarthy School is also home of the Peabody Integrated Preschool, which we partner with on programs and supporting our preschool families.
We offer programs such as free parent child playgroups, parenting workshops (such as potty training, positive behavior strategies, children's literacy, etc), special family events (such as Family Fun at Brooksby Farm, Brain Building in Progress Fair, STEM Fair, etc). We collaborate with many local businesses and agencies to provide programming and support in all of our communities such as local libraries, Northshore Mall, Mall Tots at Play Center, Beverly Children's Learning Center, The Children's Piazza and so many more.
For 3 years, we have provided support to families housed at Extended Stay Danvers and Econo Lodge Danvers (formerly Days Inn). We support these families with parent child playgroups, parenting workshops, literacy events and offering resources.
Over the past year, our outreach efforts have grown tremendously. Last year, we had only 4 playgroups. Today we have over 14 playgroups and a wait list due to our rapid growth and demand.
All of our programming and services are always free and available to families with children birth to 8 years old from Peabody, Danvers, Beverly, Topsfield, Middleton and Boxford.