The North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network is a community-based family support and education program. Funding is provided by a Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) grant through the MA Department of Early Education and Care, awarded to the Wakefield Public Schools and in collaboration with Melrose Wakefield Healthcare.

Is Your Child Good to Grow? 

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Through the Department of Early Education and Care, we have received access to the Ages and Stages developmental and social-emotional growth questionnaire. This screening tool is a great way to learn more about your child's development. You'll get a snapshot of your child's current skills and development, fun and free activities to help your child play and learn, and information about any recommended next steps. 

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Summer Reading Programs

Flint Memorial Library 

For every day that you read, and enter your reading on Beanstack, you will receive an entry for a weekly prize pack giveaway! We will give away 10 prize packs weekly. You may only win once, but everyone who reads is eligible. The more you read, the more entries you receive! The Flint Memorial Library will also be taking part in the state of Massachusetts’ Boston Bruins challenge from July 1 to August 16. If we meet our goal, patrons will be eligible for prizes like in game experiences, signed pucks, signed sticks, and signed jerseys.

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Lynnfield Public Library 

Two curious kids discover what they think is a unicorn. But unicorns aren't real ... are they?! Sometimes you gotta believe it, to see it. Join Talewise and the Lynnfield Public Library on Zoom for our start of Summer Reading program! Recommended for ages 5-12 but open to children of all ages and their families. Register to receive the Zoom link. 

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Malden Public Library 

Kicks off July 1st! 

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Melrose Public Library 

The Melrose Public Library offers a summer library program to the children of our community to encourage them to read for pleasure during the summer and to retain their reading skills. This year’s theme is Tails and Tales! To add to the fun and to create a sense of challenge that will keep kids reading, we use an online reading tracker: Beanstack. Children are encouraged to log their reading minutes, and complete fun activities to earn virtual badges. Don’t forget to let the library know that you have registered – all participants are eligible for a summer fun kit, available from June 28th, while supplies last! Families can preregister, and then log reading minutes and activities between June 28th and August 13th. Our community goal is to read 250,000 minutes. As the minutes are logged, the tiny tiger in the library lobby window will progress along the jungle vines – encourage your child to log their minutes and let’s see if we can get it to the top! 

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Reading Public Library 

Children birth through Grade 6 can participate. Stop by the Children’s Room to sign up on or after Monday, June 21. We’ll give you a Bingo board full of ideas and activities. Stop in for cool prizes when you complete a row, column, diagonal, OR do a “blackout” – fill out the whole board! We hope these Bingo boards will encourage you to stay active and curious, and visit the library this summer.

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Stoneham Public Library 

Kids 3-12 can sign up to track the books they read, activities they complete, and attend library events to get a bead to add to a PAWsome necklace. We have so many different kinds of beads; sparkle, pirate skulls, animals, sports, glow in the dark, the list goes on! You can come in and choose your own!

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Wakefield Public Library

Summer reading is for all ages, and our program starts on June 21! Stop by the Youth Room Desk for your summer reading starter kit, and explore reading suggestions for different grades from the lists below. Check out what programs are happening this summer on the library calendar. All Summer Reading Programs will require registration. Registration will open one week prior to each event. Most programs will be outdoors; in case of rain, please keep an eye on your email for updates.

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Winchester Public Library 

Ahoy there mateys! Register for our all-online Summer Reading program where we’ve got lots of fun challenges with both reading and hands-on activities. And make sure you check out our online events calendar to sign up for some of the awesome programs – both in-person and virtual – that are going on all summer long!

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The North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network supports all parents, caregivers, and educators of children from birth through age eight who live in Lynnfield, Malden, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winchester, as well as other surrounding communities. 

Through education and community support, our goal is to help parents and caregivers create a healthy home environment, as well as to promote family well-being. We provide parent education workshops, playgroups, support groups, family activities and information on parenting and community resources. Programs and activities are located within our eight-town service area. Resources for services for older children are also available.

To learn more or find a CFCE near you, please visit


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