What is the Family Partnership Center?

The Family Partnership Center is an early childhood/community support program supported through the Massachusetts Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant (CFCE). Our funding comes from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. We are located in rooms 1 and 2 at the Page Hilltop Elementary School in Ayer and have been supporting families for over 22 years here!  We specifically support families in Ayer and Shirley with children from infancy to age eight. We believe that our community plays an important role in helping families to support their children’s growth and learning. 

Your child begins learning at birth through their experiences every day. Our goal is to support all families in helping your child best develop and achieve. We encourage family involvement in your child’s learning readiness. We provide programs that support both parent and child. FREE playgroups, FREE workshops, FREE support groups. These programs run both during the day as well as some evenings to accommodate working families. We do this through the various programs and activities that we have here at the Family Partnership Center. The following is a list of what we have to offer to young children and their families in our community:

  • Parent Groups, Workshops and Informational Resources:  Activities are scheduled to provide families up to date information about educational issues, early childhood programs/services, and parent education programming.

  • Play & Learn:  Weekly playgroups are scheduled parents and their children in Ayer and Shirley. We have a beautiful playroom located in the Page Hilltop Elementary School. In addition to hosting groups in our space we also do playgroups at the Hazen Memorial Library in Shirley, the Ayer Children’s Library, The Community Center at Devens and more.  

  • Family Literacy Activities: Parents, Guardians, Grandparents, and children…come learn together. All activities focus on supporting literacy activities at home. These events are open to children up to age 8.  

  • Ages & Stages Program: The Ages & Stages Questionnaires is a parent-completed, Child-Monitoring System was developed at the University of Oregon in the early 1980's. The purpose of the questionnaires, referred to as the ASQ, is to provide a low-cost strategy to monitor the development of infants and young children whose developmental status is in question or at risk. The ASQ is composed of 19 different questionnaires that can be used by most parents to reliably report the developmental status of their infant or young child. Parents are invited to participate when they visit for playgroups, or a questionnaire can be mailed home to you directly.  

  • The ParentChild+ Program:  If you are a parent of a child between the ages of 16 months and 3 years of age, and you live in Ayer or Shirley, you may be eligible to participate in the ParentChild+ Program home visiting program. This program helps prepare your child for later school success in a fun and friendly way. A free educational books and toys are given to your child for them to keep.  

  • Resource & Referral Library:  Our resource library is located at our “home” here at the Page Hilltop School. We also can help out on referrals for things such as childcare services, home visits, WIC, Food Stamps (SNAP Program), Fuel Assistance, Adult Learning & much more! 

  • Link from Home to School: Housed in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District we are able to connect parents to preschool programs, and then information regarding registration to public school when the time comes for your children to begin Kindergarten. “Countdown to Kindergarten” activities occur throughout each school year and we are your early childhood to public school link for information.  

  • Ayer/Shirley CFCE (Coordinated Family & Community Engagement) Council Meetings: Come to a CFCE Council Meeting to find out more about what we are doing to support children and families in Ayer and Shirley.  Presentations, discussions and updates will be on the agenda. This council offers leadership opportunities for parents and others in taking an active role in early education and care programs and policies. All meetings are held at the FPC space at the Page Hilltop Elementary School, 115 Washington Street in Ayer.   

Our playgroup/workshop schedule changes monthly. Would you like to get a copy of our current schedule? We keep in touch with families via a monthly e-newsletter and through our page on Facebook. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please reach out to us. We can be reached at (978) 772-8600 Ext. 1428, you can email us at fpc@asrsd.org or you can find us on Facebook “The Family Partnership Center”. 

Contact Info: (978) 772-8600 X1428

Deanna Christie, Program Coordinator

Sarah Sullivan, Playgroup Facilitator

Amy Myrick, Playgroup Facilitator

Dawn Barr, PCHP Home Visitor

Sharon Melendy, PCHP Home Visitor

Heather Conry, PCHP Home Visitor


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