Network Connector, Volume 1, Issue 1; April 2014

Volume 1, Issue 1


Network Connection Meeting 
Monday, April 14th
Codman Square Library
690 Washington St, Dorchester 02124
Transforming Classrooms to Support Child Wellbeing and Beyond!



Villagers Changing the Story!
Patchwork Repairs.  Audrey Jackson is an elementary school teacher in the Boston Public Schools and has worked with the Child Witness to Violence Project and our Network to redesign classroom supports for children and educators.  Read her recent editorial published in the Boston Globe 
A Healthy Place to Live.  Dr. Megan Sandel is a Pediatrician at Boston Medical Center and a Villager! Please read her recent Opinion in The Boston Globe about healthy homes.
What's neighborhood got to do with smoking?
How the social environment affects smoking. CNN Opinion.
An outstanding "Talk Read Play Day" on April 8th
led by Countdown to Kindergarten, Dudley and Fields Corner Children Thrive, First Teacher


What's Happening
The Vital Village Community Partnership (VVCP) Team Retreat:  Our remarkableVVCP Team composed of local community residents that are dedicatedpassionate and committed to the overall wellbeing of their communities, enjoyed a day planned just for them.  The retreat celebrated and highlighted all their hard work, and gave them the momentum to begin planning for this New Year.  Great job VVCP Team!  THANKS to the Boston Nature Center, and the amazing facilitation of one of our own Vital Village Network partner; Katie Madrigal From Thrive in 5!
Countdown to Kindergarten Parent- Child Playgroups
If you are looking to give your child the opportunity of a good start, attend a Countdown to Kindergarten Parent-Child playgroup.  The playgroups are for children 1 thru 5 years of age who live in Boston.  The program is FREE.  For more  


What We're Reading
NEW Resource of child wellbeing indicators
Hawthorne Youth & Community Center PRESENTS:
Where the youth have worked with teaching artists focusing on exploring issues of racial justice, causes of institutional racism, and learning new ways of becoming an agent of change while building their media arts skills.
You asked and we responded!  Thank you for encouraging us to release a newsletter at the last meeting.  We hope you enjoyed this first edition.  Please send us feedback and information you'd like to see included in the future.
Vital Village Network
Renee Boynton-Jarrett, Director; email:
Tania Rivera, Project Manager; email: