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Resources to Help You Locate Family Resources

Northern Essex Community College offers a referral service to resources in the community. To meet with someone at NECC to discuss your need, please use the Community Support Services Referral Form to submit your request.

Childcare and Children’s Services

Childcare Resources

Child Care Circuit

Child Care Circuit is a Massachusetts based private non-profit organization providing child care referrals, training, parent and provider services locally and nationwide. Their services include free on-line search for child care, building partnerships to help families, collecting accurate statistical information on Massachusetts child care, providing information on state vouchers and training to parents and providers, as well as many others. Child Care Circuit provides services to much of the North Shore as well as other surrounding areas.


Address: 190 Hampshire St, Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: 877-823-2273
Website: Child Care Circuit

Little Sprouts

Little Sprouts at NECC offers a convenient, affordable and highly-esteemed early education program for NECC students, faculty and the surrounding community. Little Sprouts offers award winning child care programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Exclusive discounts are available for NECC students and faculty!


Address: Sports and Fitness Center, NECC Haverhill Campus and NECC Lawrence Campus, Riverwalk, Entrance C
Phone: 877-977-7688
Website: Little Sprouts

Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities at Lawrence

The Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities is an extension of the Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. They offered a variety of programs in Lawrence, Haverhill and Lowell communities. These programs include Basic Needs Emergency Services such as food, fuel, rent and utility assistance. They also offer outreach programs such as children and youth support services, counseling, education and training, elder services, family support services, and housing. Visit their website or call for more detail about each program.


Address: 354 Merrimack Street, Building 1, Room 305, Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: 978-685-5930
Website: Catholic Charities

Elder Services

Elder Services

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

Elder Services is a private non-profit agency serving elders and disabled adults who reside in Northeast Massachusetts. Elder Services Care Managers and Nurses work with thousands of elders and family members each day to make sure they have the right services, living arrangements, and access to good health care and benefits. They can help you find information about elder issues, get referrals for needed services and provide alternatives to nursing home care. They also have caregiver support and respite programs for family caregivers.


Address: 280 Merrimack Street, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA 01843
Phone: 800-892-0890 and TDD/TTY 800-924-4222


Phone: 978-681-9504
Website: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

Parental Resources and Support

Parental Resources and Support

Healthy Families

Healthy Families Massachusetts is a free and voluntary support program for young, first-time moms and dads across the state. You can sign up for the program during pregnancy and continue up to your child’s third birthday.



Phone: 978-521-6265


Phone: 978-681-9504
Website: Healthy Families

Parents Helping Parents

Provides free, confidential, and anonymous parenting support groups and parental stress line. These groups serve as a safe place for parents to express frustrations and concern about their children and families and get advice from other parents who understand.


Parental Stress Line: 800-632-8188 (Free and Confidential 24/7)
Phone: 617-926-5008 extension 102
Website: Parent Support Group
Website: Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts

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