Martha's Vineyard Family Center

Children's Organization Honors Marney Toole

Marney Toole has been honored for her work at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center.

Family Center Receives Grant

The Martha’s Vineyard Family Center has received a $310,000 grant from The Children’s Trust, a state family support organization.

The grant will be spread out over five years.

Moving Day: Family Center Settles Into New Home

The Martha’s Vineyard Family Center moved into its new home this week at the renovated Stephen Carey Luce House in Vineyard Haven. The building was formerly part of the Nathan Mayhew Seminars campus.

What's For Dinner?

Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard and the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center are serving up a presentation on how to avoid genetically engineered foods on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the regional high school.

Family Center Finds a New Home

The Martha’s Vineyard Family Center, which has offered free classes, play groups and educational support to Island families with young children for 16 years, will relocate from the regional high school to the Nathan Mayhew Seminar campus in Vineyard Haven in the fall.

“We’re very excited to have a new home,” said Nell Coogan, development director for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, on Friday. “We think it’s going to be a great spot.”

Free, Excellent Child Care

On behalf of Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV), we want to express our deep gratitude to the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center of Community Services for all they do for our community. In particular, many thanks to Debbie Milne, director of Early Childhood Programs, Marney Toole, Family Services coordinator, and Cherish Harris, coordinator of the family center.

Parenting Potpourri

The Martha’s Vineyard Family Center is presenting an ongoing educational series designed to support the myriad roles in raising children. Call it a parenting potpourri.

The series begins on Tuesday, May 1 with Beyond Finger Painting and Play Dough led by Robin Allee. This talk is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Subsequent talks are as follows.

May 8 - Self-Care for the Busy Mom with Sherry Sidoti (10 to 11:30 a.m.).

Community Praises Family Center, High School Cites Space Issues

The fate of the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center surfaced again this week, with the center’s supporters urging the high school committee to consider ways to keep the center at the high school.

The high school, citing low enrollment numbers, has decided to phase out its early childhood vocational program. As a result, the family center will need to relocate by 2014.

Addison Shemeth toddler daycare

Family Center Looking for New Home

It is a place for parents to trade concerns about child-rearing while the children play, and a place for high school students who may want to study education down the road to gain valuable early childhood teaching experience.

But with the phasing out of the early childhood education vocational program at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center, with its comfy blue couches and pleasing play spaces for children, will now need to relocate.


Parents’ Book Group Begins With Boys

The Martha’s Vineyard Family Center begins a book group this month where parents can share concerns, seek advice and compare notes on the challenges of raising a child on the Island.

Cherish Harris, the center’s coordinator, said the book group will provide a safe place for parents to share their experiences and make time for themselves.