Family and Community Connection (part of Community Action Inc)


  • Overview of Organization and Services:
    The Family & Community Connection's goal is to help parents access resources and support they need to be the best parents they can be. We achieve this by providing programs and services that are child centered and family focused. FCC serves all Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, Newburyport and West Newbury area families with children ages birth through eight. Parents assist in planning and implementing programs that meet their family's needs.

  • Additional Info:
    Some of the services that FCC can provide, either directly or indirectly, include the following:

    Playgroups: Weekly developmental infant (12-18 months) and toddler (18-36 month) playgroups in collaboration with the Pentucket Area Early Intervention. Groups are led by Early Intervention professional staff accompanied by two assistants. Parents participate with their children in the infant playgroups. Parents with children in the toddler playgroup meet separately to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting, while their child is in playgroup.

    Baby Play (0-12 months) parent/caregiver support and focused baby activities and discussion.
    Special themed playgroups and classes for children ages 0-8, including art, science, music, nutrition, yoga and literacy.

    Weekly open playgroup for children (0-5 years) and parent/caregiver. FCC staff arrange age appropriate play experiences, including fine and gross motor, art, sensory, and literacy activities, parents/caregivers stay in the room to monitor children but are also encouraged to socialize with other parents. There are weekly open playgroups offered in both Haverhill and Newburyport.

    Financial Assistance Information for Early Childhood Programs. Eligibility determination for Mass Income Eligible wait list.

    Parent Support Groups & Classes: Bi-weekly Parenting a Difficult Child support group for parents/caregivers of children with emotional, behavioral, or mental health special needs in collaboration with MSPCC and the Parent Advocacy League. Childcare is available for this group.

    Additional Services: Information and referral services including local services, child care, health and dental care, nutrition, mental health services, domestic violence and child abuse service. Select programming for parents/caregivers, including art/craft nights and fitness classes. Family focused events including family field trips, Family Science Nights, dinners, tours, and community wide events. Access to Family Passes for free admission to Imagine That (play space in Lawrence).


  • Demographics Served:
    Children: 12 and under, Families
  • City/Towns Served:
    Amesbury, Newburyport, West Newbury
  • Types of Services Provided:
    Child Care, Youth & After-School Programs, Parent and Family Support