About the Easthampton Family Center

We are funded through the Collaborative for Educational Services via the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant funded by the Department of Early Education and Care. Learn more about other local play groups and the Collaborative here.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe and friendly atmosphere where young children and their caregivers can meet regularly to play and grow. Our drop-in play groups encourage free play, creativity, and social interaction, and also include school-readiness programming. All families from Easthampton and nearby towns are welcome.


We are governed by a Parent Advisory Council (learn more about the PAC here). We learn together and grow together for the betterment of our families, our community, and our world.


Play Groups

Our drop-in play groups comprise time for open/free play followed by an interactive story time.

During our open play time children and their caregivers can make new friends, develop vital social and emotional skills, and most importantly, PLAY! Open play is a great opportunity for grown-ups to make new connections as well.

 This is followed by an interactive story time with songs and games that provides school-readiness practice for children. 


Special Events and Programming

Throughout the year, EFC host various special programs, events and trips. We celebrate the Week of the Young Child each April and in the past have had a visit from the mayor and fun programs like Forest Park's Zoo on the Go. We periodically have musical guests such as Maggie Shar of Little Roots and puppeteer Tom Knight.


Some of our special programs have included Hola Amigos y Amigos and Spirit of the Heart martial arts. We have also hosted a preschool fair and various parenting workshops for the adults.

We have taken trips to Fletcher Farm, Lupa Zoo, and Easthampton High School for Halloween parades. We also host a popular annual holiday sing-a-long event and end-of-the-year picnic.