AHM Family Resource Center in the news!

AHM’s Family Resource Center Director, Rebecca Murray and her staff, have been hard at work all summer long bringing an ever-growing number of new activities to young families living in Andover, Columbia, Hebron, and Marlborough.

The Family Resource Center has had a preschool summer camp taking place in the KinderRHAMa classroom at RHAM High School. With funding from the State Department of Education and Office of Early childhood, a grant made it possible to provide this program free of charge for all enrolled children. The grant also made it possible to hire additional summer staff, purchase much-needed supplies, offer weekly special programs, and have guest visitors. The program ran from June 21st and will end in mid-August with 16 children ages 3-5 attending weekly. The goal of this program was to help get children ready for school, work on social skills and have fun in what has been for many a difficult and disruptive year due to COVID-19.

Heather Holbrook is the lead teacher, working with 2 other teachers hired for the summer and a volunteer. Special programs have included Yoga, Music, and Soccer. In addition, there have been special visitors including the Lutz Museum, Riverside Reptiles, the Humane Society, CT Science Center, and CT Storytelling. Ms. Murray shares that the “Children have been really happy with the program and parent feedback has been incredibly positive!”. Mrs. Holbrook did a great job planning activities and every week had a theme. Children were given books to take home at the end of each week related to the weeks’ themes.

In August, there will be a Family Picnic for children who participated in Preschool camp and their families. The Family Resource Center will conduct a Zoom program called “Getting your Child Ready for School:”, facilitated by local kindergarten and Pre-K teachers. These programs are being funded through OEC and SDE funding.

AHM’s Family Resource Center staff recently completed a six-week summer Play and Learn program. This group met weekly at Veteran’s Park for children ages Birth-5, siblings, and parents. Planned art activities, time on the playscape, and circle time with songs and stories were shared each week. Nine families with 15 children registered for this program. A six-week inside Play and Learn group at Gilead Hill School in the FRC room was also held weekly for families with children. A First Steps in Music program facilitated by Mallory Kokus at Burnt Hill Park pavilion served 9 families!! A second session began on Friday, 7/30.