Author Archives: letstalkadmin

  1. Cambridge Book Bike 2022

    Comments Off on Cambridge Book Bike 2022

    Let’s Move, Let’s Eat, Let’s Read!

    Cambridge Book Bike is back this year! The Book Bike will be at a different park on Tuesdays from 12-1 for 5 weeks. Cambridge children of all ages can pick a free book, do a craft, get a free lunch and hear stories read aloud.

    • July 12: Fresh Pond Apartments Playground (Rindge Ave)
    • July 19: Hoyt Field (Gilmore St.)
    • July 26: Gold Star Mothers Park (Gore St.)
    • August 2: Danehy Park (near Universal Playground)
    • August 9: Greene-Rose Heritage Park (Harvard St.)

    To stay up-to-date on schedule changes or rainouts, call 617-349-4038 or follow us on Facebook, or Twitter.

    The Book Bike supports healthy bodies and healthy minds by visiting some of the Cambridge parks that participate in the Summer Food Program, which provides free lunches to children under 18.  

    The goal of the Book Bike is to give all children access to books to build their home library for enjoyment and learning in the summer to help prevent “summer slide”. Meeting families in the park for stories and activities, the Book Bike models that reading is fun! The program provide a wide variety of titles, topics and languages so children can find a book they want to read.  Research has shown that children read more when they select the book.  For more information:

    Why we should let kids choose their own summer reading books

    Book Bike partners include: Liz Phipps-Soeiro, School Librarian, Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative, Center for Families, and Cambridge Public Library. For more information check out the Book Bike website or contact Jen Baily, jbaily@challiance.org, 617-800-9154.

  2. Summer 2022 Playgroups

    Comments Off on Summer 2022 Playgroups

    For Cambridge families with children 15 months-4 years old. Join us to meet other families, learn songs and activities to support your child’s development, and have fun!

    All playgroups run 10:30 am-11:30 am.

    Locations and Dates:

    *Mondays at Russell Field: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8

    *Wednesdays at Hoyt Field: 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10

    *Thursdays at Greene-Rose Heritage Park: 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11

    Families must register for playgroups. Please register for one location. Space is limited. To register, contact Kim Tran at ktran@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-6385.

    Sponsored by the Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative and the Center for Families.

    The Center for Families is funded by the City of Cambridge, the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC), Children’s Trust, Cambridge Public Schools, and the Cambridge Health Alliance. Let’s Talk/AFC is funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department and the City of Cambridge.

  3. Fatherhood Buzz

    Comments Off on Fatherhood Buzz

    Hey dads! Stop by our Fatherhood Buzz with your child to get a free haircut, books, and engage in arts and crafts. This event is for all Cambridge dads, uncles, male-caregivers, grandfathers, stepdads, godfathers, and their children!

    WHEN: Monday, June 6th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Moses Youth Center (In the Studio), 243 Harvard Street, Cambridge MA
    Light refreshments will be served!

    LIMITED SPACE, MUST R.S.V.P contact: Juan Arias
    Email: cambdads@cambridgema.gov or call: 617-349-6334

    Cambridge Dads is a program of the Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative and the Center for Families.

  4. 2022 StoryWalk at Donnelly Field

    Comments Off on 2022 StoryWalk at Donnelly Field

    It’s a reading adventure at Donnelly Field!  Walk around the field to read all of the pages in “Sometimes We Do”and “From Head To Toe”!

    Join us on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for the first StoryWalk of the season, at Donnelly Field (York and Berkshire Streets).  Free books, activities, pizza, & entertainment by Knucklebones! For families with children 2 to 8 years old.

    Rain date is Friday, May 20. For more information, call 617-299-6705. Sponsored by Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative, Center for Families, and Cambridge Public Library.

  5. Spring Playgroups in the Parks

    Comments Off on Spring Playgroups in the Parks

    For Cambridge families with children 15 months-4 years old. Join us to meet other families, learn songs and activities to support your child’s development, and have fun! Our theme this spring is music and movement!

    All playgroups run 10:30 am-11:30 am.

    Locations and Dates:

    *Mondays at Danehy Park – 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 6/6, 6/13

    *Wednesdays at Donnelly Field – 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15

    *Thursdays at Greene-Rose Heritage Park – 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16

    Families must register for playgroups. Please register for one location. Space is limited. To register, contact Kim Tran at ktran@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-6385.

    Sponsored by the Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative and the Center for Families.

    The Center for Families is funded by the City of Cambridge, the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC), Children’s Trust, Cambridge Public Schools, and the Cambridge Health Alliance. Let’s Talk/AFC is funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department and the City of Cambridge.

  6. March 2022 Playgroups

    Comments Off on March 2022 Playgroups

    For Cambridge families with children 15 months-4 years old.
    You can meet other families, learn songs and activities to
    support your child’s development, and have fun!

    • Playgroups Series Information:
      • Mondays, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28
        • Virtual Story Time and Sing-Along Series from 10:30am-11:00am
      • Wednesdays, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
        • Playgroup at Fresh Pond Apartments (362 Rindge Ave.) fromb10:30am-11:30am. Join us for songs, craft activities, and fun!
      • Thursdays, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31
        • Playgroup at Moore Youth Center (12 Gilmore St.) from 10:30am11:30am. Join us at this gym group for games, movement, and fun!

    All families can attend our Virtual Series. Please choose one inperson series to attend. Families must register for playgroups. Space is limited. To register, contact Cynthia Woodward at cwoodward@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-6385.

    Sponsored by Center for Families and Let’s Talk/Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative

    The Center for Families is funded by the City of Cambridge, the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC), Children’s Trust, Cambridge Public Schools, and the Cambridge Health Alliance. Let’s Talk/AFC is funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department and the City of Cambridge.

  7. Talking about Race with Young Children

    Comments Off on Talking about Race with Young Children

    A virtual series for white parents raising white children

    Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2022, 8:00-9:30 p.m.

    For Cambridge families with children birth to 8 years old

    Want to talk to your kids about race?  Have questions?

    • Come join other parents in a 5-part virtual series, with a presentation and time for discussion each week.
    • Each session will include an activity to practice between sessions.
    • Facilitated by Melody Brazo. Sponsored by Center for Families and Let’s Talk/Agenda for Children.

    To sign up:  bit.ly/3Lim7xu

    • Limited spaces available. We will send a confirmation that you have a spot in the group.  Link for Zoom will be sent to you once you are confirmed.
    • Questions? Contact Jen Baily, 617-800-9154, jbaily@challiance.org

  8. February Family Fun!

    Comments Off on February Family Fun!

    Looking for something fun to do as a family over February vacation week? Join us for a week of fun and free virtual activities! All events will run on Zoom.

    To register for each activity, please contact Maeve at 617-349-6385 or mlinnane@cambridgema.gov.

    Sponsored by Center for Families and Let’s Talk/Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative.

  9. At-Home Activity Calendar

    Comments Off on At-Home Activity Calendar

    February 2022

    Winter can feel long so get new ideas daily to do with your children birth to 4 years old in the February 2022 At-Home Activity Calendar! Designed for children birth to 4 years old but all are welcome to try the activities.

    The goal is to have fun! Parents – you can change the ideas to match your child’s age and interest.

    Brought to you by Let’s Talk/Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative and Center for Families.

    Questions: Call or text 617-800-9154 or email jbaily@challiance.org.

  10. Early Literacy Series 2022

    Comments Off on Early Literacy Series 2022

    Have a child birth to 4 years? Need new ideas to do at home?

    Join other Cambridge dads and moms to get fun ideas for talking, reading, playing and telling stories during your everyday activities to support your child’s literacy development!

    dad and kid reading

     Early Literacy at Home Series:  Dads and Moms Make a Difference!

    A 4-part virtual series: Tuesdays January 25, February 1, 8, 15 from 8:00-9:15 pm on Zoom

    Free books!

    Register here: bit.ly/EarlyLit2022

    Have questions or need help registering? Contact Cynthia at cwoodward@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-6385.

    Co-sponsored by Let’s Talk! and Center for Families.

    The Center for Families is funded by the City of Cambridge, the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC), Children’s Trust, Cambridge Public Schools, and the Cambridge Health Alliance. Let’s Talk/AFC is funded by the Cambridge Public Health Department and the CIty of Cambridge.