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