Online Silly Science and Mystical Math (Oct/Nov./Dec)

steamSilly Science and Mystical Math is going online and at-home for the months of November and December!  The goal of this STEAM Program  is to allow parents and children the opportunity to engage in a variety of STEAM activities at home with their children, to help develop your child’s curiosity,  creativity and problem solving skills!!


What is STEAM?  This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Mathematics.


Why is STEAM important?  By the time your child enters the workforce, 65 % of the jobs that will be available don’t even exist today.  You are preparing your children for a world that doesn’t exist yet…for technologies that are not invented.


How do you prepare your child for a world that doesn’t exist yet?   Encouraging your child’s natural curiosity and talents through STEAM activities helps your child learn:
  • how to persevere
  • how to learn from failure and still try again
  • how to re-evaluate, redesign and re-think a problem to create a unique and inventive solution.
All of these skills (among many more) are learned through STEAM activities.

steve jobs stem quote Anything is possible with STEAM-filled kids. 

Many times parents feel that STEAM activities may be too difficult, too messy and just too much!  It is our hope that by providing you this opportunity to engage in some simple experiments and activities at-home, parents and their children will see that STEAM is part of everything we do with our kids!  Some activities may be messy….but that is MOST of the FUN!!  All activities will require adult supervision and help……some may be adaptable for younger ages….but typically the activities are geared for preschool-school-age.


For October, November and December we will offer several activities you can do at home.  Some of these include experiments and activities such as:





Once you REGISTER you will receive an email outlining the activities to do!   You can choose 1 or choose all of them….. don’t be shy….the GREAT THING ABOUT STEAM….is that you can always learn something, even if the experiment or activity does not come out as expected!!!




In order to document all of our Young Scientists at work…..we would love for you to take some pictures and complete a Observation Sheet….then you can mail/email them in to us!  Specific instructions will be provided via email once you have registered!

If you can’t make it to our Community Based Programs or you are looking for some things to do at home with your kids…..CHECK OUT THESE GREAT AT-HOME CFCE ACTIVITIES!!

Think, Draw and Write MONTHLY Online Project @ online and mail-in activity

@ Anytime-each month

please check our calendar for the story starter each month at 

This at-home activity can be obtained online for families to do together. Each month they are given a different concept to think about and then write about along with an illustration!!! 

Creative, imaginative writing fun for school-aged children and siblings…and you get a FREE surprise each month you participate!  For more information and to Register, please email or call Carol Carver at 508-559-1666 x1811,  CHECK OUT THE AMAZING WORK FROM THE KIDS WHO PARTICIPATED IN 2015-2016 BY CLICKING HERE!  If you can, please mail of copy of this picture to me so I can hang it up on our CREATIVITY Wall at Self Help Inc./CFCE, 780 West Main Street, Avon, MA 02322.  If you register to do this activity each month, I will send you some self-addressed stamped envelopes to help with the mailing.  CATEGORIES: SCHOOL AGE TAGS: Carol

Seasonal Nature Collection Table : @ At Home Activity

@ anytime 

Families email Carol at to register and/or for questions, to express an interest in the at home/online parent-child activity called….Seasonal Nature Collection Table for Home.   CFCE staff will email you suggested ideas of what to do , mostly outdoor activities, with their child in that particular season, along with a list of nature items to collect, and then a craft idea to create by using them !! Take pictures of an activity outdoors , things you collected or the craft you created and email them to Carol at CFCE and she will then mail or give your child a special surprise!!!!!  CATEGORIES: ALL AGES TAGS: All Partnerships At Home Carol

Read & Roll for School Aged Children @ At Home Activity 

@ anytime 
REGISTER for this program by contacting Carol at 508-559-1666 x1811 or email   
Read & Roll: This is an engaging activity for the whole family!!! Dad’s, Mom’s and school-age children!!! CFCE is collaborating with WHITMAN CAROUSEL FUN CENTER to offer this activity!!! Email Carol to REGISTER – please include Child’s name & address. The children are asked to read 5 books and mail CFCE a short summary and picture of the book(s) they have completed- one at a time. CFCE will tally their participation and when all  five books and activities are completed, they will be mailed a book mark certificate stating the reading completion.

This will enable them to go , with the certificate, to CAROUSEL FAMILY FUN CENTER in WHITMAN to get one FREE admission to the roller skating rink- FUN,FUN,FUN!!! (you still need to pay for skate rentals).  CATEGORIES: SCHOOL AGE TAGS: Carol 

STEAM @ At Home Activities for October-December

@ anytime during Oct.-Nov.-Dec.

We are offering an online activity for families to participate in with their children during the months of Oct., Nov. and Dec. Choose any of the fun science activities from the links (will be sent in the confirmation email, once you register), then print and mail the observation sheet back to us. You may also email the observation sheet.



Is Your child eligible to Start Kindergarten in the Fall of 2018? Check out our GREAT Resources to help you and you child get READY!!

kindergarten here i comeThe transition between preschool and kindergarten is a major step in a young child’s life. It can also be an anxious time for many preschoolers and their parents. Most experts agree that in order for your child to have a successful kindergarten year they need to be prepared!


Beginning this process early can make the transition easier. Many of you may have preschoolers who will be moving up into kindergarten this year and who will  need to be prepared for this next step in their lives. Beginning the preparation for this important milestone early on will make the transition more manageable.


In order to help this transition we have created and compiled a variety of resources for you to use.  We hope that you find them informative and helpful 🙂
  1. SELF HELP INC. CFCE-KINDERGARTEN READINESS PLAYGROUPS: These groups are held in the local communities at familiar sites for families (public libraries, schools, childcare programs etc.) We believe that beginning the preparation for this important milestone early on will make the transition more manageable, and we hope to help you along the way!
  3. KINDERGARTEN READINESS ACTIVITY SHEETS: (provided by Boston Children’s Museum, Dept of Early Education and Care and Brain Building in Progress)
  4. KINDERGARTEN HERE WE COME-CALENDAR includes information on Phonemic Awareness, Math Concepts, Checklists, Helpful Tips, Book List, and many activities that will support you and your child’s transition into kindergarten.
  5. Kindergarten Lending Library
  6. Walk Safety Rules
  7. Increase Your Child’s Pedestrian Safety
  8. Bike Safety Rules
  9. Bike Safety
  10. School Bus Safety Rules
  11. Tips to Increase Bus Safety
  12. Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten
  13. Activities to Get Ready for Kindergarten
  14. School Bus Safety Activity Book
  15. Chuggington Safety Website-games, information, activities

Think, Draw and Write…….Online Activity

Each month there is a different activity to THINK, DRAW & WRITE about! Once you register you will receive some self addressed stamped envelopes, along with the monthly themes!!!

Here’s how it works……

First.You think about the idea.Second….You draw a picture of the idea…..Third…..You write a short story!!!


You can mail the picture/story to Carol Carver, so she can hang it up on the CREATIVITY Wall at Self Help Inc./CFCE, 780 West Main Street, Avon, MA 02322.  A copy of it will be made and the original will be mailed back to you along with a SURPRISE each month!!!


If you register to do this activity each month via mail, you will receive some self addressed stamped envelopes, along with the monthly themes!!!


Register by emailing or calling Carol Carver at 508-559-1666 ext 113  or email  at

Will you recycle with us? It’s easy and 100% free. It’s win-win

Rumble-ongoing_423x255Self Help Inc Coordinated Family and Community Engagement has entered the’s Recycling Rumble……and we need your help!

We have been matched against Portland High School from Portland, TN to see who can recycle the MOST items and RAISE the most money in the process.
In order to be successful we are asking that you get involved by recycling your empty ink cartridges, toner cartridges and small electronics…..WITH US!  We promise to make it easy.

Check out or Recycling Rumble Page for More information!!  

Do you need help paying for childcare? Find out more about the MA FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WAITLIST

The MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)9122008_14513_0 helps eligible families find and pay for early education and care and out-of-school time programs. Due to limited funding, eligible families may be placed on the EEC waiting list for financial assistance until funding is available.

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Programs (like Self Help Inc. CFCE) NO LONGER have access to the wait list.

If you need to get placed on the wait list please contact Mass211 by calling 211 or toll free at 877-211-6277.  You can also contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency to get on the list.  If you are already on the EEC Wait list and registered you can update your information through EEC’s Self Service Household Access Program.

More information on eligibility requirements….CLICK HERE

Do you need help with essential items for your children?

Self Help Inc. CFCE is a Cradles to Crayons Partner.  We can help you get a KidPack of Clothing and other essential items for your family (baby equipment, books, toys etc.).  If you are need of this help, please contact Leslie Dunn at

SONY DSCIf you are in Emergency need for clothing etc.  due to fire, flood, homelessness, etc. Please let me know that also, and we can get items more quickly!