Coordinated Family & Community Engagement

Providing Resources, Referrals, and Support


About This Program

Funded by the Department of Early Education and Care, Community Teamwork’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program (CFCE) provides resources, referrals and support to families with children from birth to age 8. The program’s goals are to provide community-based information and resources for all families in order to increase knowledge of and accessibility to high-quality early education and care programs and services, in order to reach and meet the needs of children, especially those with

multiple risk factors and/or living in are hard to reach venues. We provide families with access to comprehensive services, evidence-based early literacy and family literacy opportunities, and we provide families with supports that allow for continuity through early childhood transitions. The program visits local libraries each month to provide resource sharing and support to families with children and provide such services as playgroups, parent workshops, family enrichment.


“The CFCE Program is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care”.

CFCE CONTACT INFORMATION: Gail Fortes at or 978-654-5704

Click here for the latest CFCE – Family Resource Network Newsletter – January/February 2021

FREE Online Parent Workshops for January and February


What Parents Need to Know about the COVID Reopening Plan for MA By Barbara Evangelista – Publisher Lowell Macaroni Kid May 24, 2020

NEW FROM CFCE: Please use the ideas and links on the Parent Information Boards to extend your child’s at-home learning experiences in FUN ways. The page focuses on the many ways parents can promote/strengthen learning in the different areas of child development. Family Activities and Educational Ideas for Home and Articles and Resources


The Mitten by Jan Brett – Activity Sheet

Talking to Kids about 2020 – Help children process this exhausting year to prepare for whatever comes next

Build Your Family a Disaster Survival Kit

How to Make Paper Bag Apple Pie

Macaroni Kids Crafts – Window Cling on Snowflakes

DIY Craft Stick Snowflakes

Greater Lowell Sledding Guide from Macaroni Kid

Macaroni Kid — Lets get organized – How should I store all these facemasks anyway?

Gift Giving – The Rule of 4

Easy Activity Ideas – Stamping with Fruits and Veggies – from Macaroni Kids

Toddler & Preschool Activities to help you get through the day

Reggie Is Back At School -A Social Story For Families to Help Young Children Prepare For Return to School

Fall Activities for Families – Fall Farm Guide by Lowell Macaroni Kid: Apple Picking, Corn Mazes, Pumpkins and Hay Rides

APPLE TIME ACTIVITIES  (Links to Books, Math, Sensory, Music, Literacy and Art)

Pollard Memorial Library Lowell:

10 Tips to Prepare Your Kids and Your Home for Distance Learning – Macaroni Kids

WATCH renowned speaker from Yale, Professor Laurie Santos talk about the subject of the most popular course in the university’s 300-year history: PSYCHOLOGY AND THE GOOD LIFE- THIS VIDEO (about 1 hour) IS DEFINITELY WORTH YOUR TIME 

WATCH BIG JOE, the Storyteller – VOL  3 ~ presenting four stories: The Turtle in the Lions Den (Africa), Quackling the Duck (France), Tom O’Toole and the Magic Puka (Ireland) and Billy the Gruff Goat (Big Joe original)

WATCH BIG JOE, the Storyteller – VOL 2.1 ~ presenting four stories: Anansi the Spider and the Green Rock, the Whistling Giant, The King & the Frogs and the Sheepish Wolf

WATCH BIG JOE, the Storyteller  – VOL 1.2 ~ presenting three stories: King Midas the Frog (Tidlock) and the Pig (Bobo)

WATCH Miss Debbie read “Elephant & Me: Should I Share My Ice Cream”  (“Elephant & Piggy” children’s book)

and Brown Bear, Brown Bear – What do you see? (Home Activity Sheet)

WATCH Miss Debbie read Monkey and Me

Monkey and Me (Home Curriculum)

WATCH Miss Gail read The Very Hungry Caterpillar                                                             The Very Hungry Caterpillar – (Home Curriculum)

WATCH Miss Gail read Llama Llama Red Pajama

 Llama Llama Red Pajama (HOME CURRICULUM)

WATCH Miss Debbie read It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Fish (Home Curriculum)

It Looks Like Spilt Milk (Home Curriculum)

Am I Really My Child’s First Teacher

Cooking with Kids (Home Curriculum)

Going Fishing (Home Curriculum) 

Farm Life (Home Curriculum) 

The Five Senses (Home Curriculum) 

Under the Sea (Home Curriculum) 

Our Pet Dogs (Home Curriculum) 

Our Pet Cats (Home Curriculum)   

Birds (Home Curriculum)

Backyard Camping – (Home Curriculum)

Elephant and Piggy (Home Curriculum) – Children’s book series  by Mo Willems

The Bubble Factory  (Home Curriculum)

The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Home Curriculum)

4th of July Home Activities to Celebrate


How Can I Teach Patience When I Barely Have Any Myself

How to Keep Kids Positive Through the Pandemic – Plus, why staying positive might help them become better learners – Visit NatGeo@Home

ADHD Meltdowns: Parents, Don’t Give Up! You’re Not Alone! 5 Don’ts When Your ADHD Child Is Upset or Angry

Growing Flowers  (HOME CURRICULUM)

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons  (Home Curriculum)

Give Your Childs Eys a Screen Time Break

At-Home Curriculum: 10 Activities About Light & Shadow – Macaroni Kid

Anti-Racism for Kids – An Age-by-Age Guide to Fighting Hate

20+ Books that Discuss Race and Racism for Children

Chica Chica Boom Boom (Home Curriculum)       Story Read by Ray Charles

It Looked  Like Spilt Milk (HOME CURRICULUM)

How to Help Children Build Resilience in Uncertain Times

Children’s Book on Social Distancing in 3 languages:    English     Spanish     Portuguese

Teaching Your  Preschooler about Money


Preschool Activities You Can Do at Home

Spring Flower Garden Paper Craft

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Pajama Jam with Bernadette Baird!

Creating a Cutting Busy Box

Hammering Activities for Kids!

Stem Activity  ~ Getting Creative with Mini Marshmallows

Jumping Rope

Fun with Rocks

How to Make Coffee Filter Butterflies

Fun with Bubbles

Fun with Shaving Cream

Sensory Bins
Miss Steiger’s Music Room on YouTube ~ Miss Steiger is from Lowell Learns and has also done music lessons for the Church United and for Community Teamwork ~ stay tuned for more!

Easy Gardening for Kids – How to plant seeds for an easy kids gardening activity

Virtual Field Trips, Educational Videos and Activities for Kids

Make an Egg Shaker and Dance!

Kids Cooking Class ~ Chocolate Chip, PB and Banana Sandwiches

Easy Egg Drop Challenge

Easter Games

Parachute Games

Slime Recipes 

Kids Activities from ASQ

Mental Health Resources for Families

Infant and Toddler Activities – Zero to Three Years

Helping Your Child at Home with Vocabulary Building

Activities for When You’re Stuck at Home

How Stress Affects Children’s Behavior – a post from a CFCE Coordinator – From a Psychology Specialist

Fun with Water

Library Resources and Online Storytime

List of indoor activities that burn kid’s energy



Understanding Services for Children with Special Needs – Mass. Department of Public Health Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs

Got Brain Fog Lately? Blame It On The Coronavirus Pandemic
Read this if you’ve been losing track of time, forgetting things or haven’t been able to concentrate

Click here for the latest CFCE – Family Resource Network Newsletter – January/February 2021

Click here for the Family Resource Network: HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR  FAMILIES

Click here for the latest CFCE  – Family Resource Network Newsletter – November 2020 

Click here for the latest CFCE Newsletter – October 2020

 here for the latest CFCE Newsletter – August 2020

Click here for the latest CFCE Newsletter – July 2020 

Click here for the latest CFCE Newsletter – May-June 2020 – LOADED WITH RESOURCES

Click here for the latest CFCE Newsletter – March-April 2020



Gail Fortes at or 978-654-5704


“The CFCE Program is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care”.

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