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Family Engagement


Family Engagement is designed to help support our most isolated families. The focus of Family Engagement is school readiness, parent support and nurturing parent/child interaction; empowering parents to be their child’s first teacher and strengthening the family unit.

This program is entirely consistent with the Ollie’s guiding principles to reach out and meet the needs of families experiencing social and economic stress, be a safe haven for children and families where social interaction, supervision, age-appropriate activities and learning opportunities are ever-present and to promote, encourage and develop healthy and whole families.

Program Goals

School Readiness (for both children and parents) empowering parents to be their child’s first teacher

Parenting Support (in accordance with the State’s recognized evidence based Strengthening Families Programming).

Family Engagement Programs:

  • Literacy events
  • Read & Rise program
  • Moms and Music,
  • Collaborative events
  • Countdown to Kindergarten
  • Young Parents Nurturing Program
  • The Parenting Education and Support Program
  • Parent Café series
  • Welcome Baby visits
  • Other community wide literacy events.

All Programs are FREE and we typically provide refreshments, child care and transportation as necessary.

Family Engagement partners with The City of Boston’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement, The Children’s Trust and South Boston’s Family Engagement Network

For More Information Contact:

Cheryl Itri, Director of Early Education & Care Programs 617-268-1619 x 205


Daniela Vasquez, Social Worker/Family Engagement Advocate 617-268-1619 x 403