What's Happening at East End House
January 2013 Newsletter

The Hidden Curriculum

By giving children the first hand experience of success, teachers actually shape the architecture and trajectory of brain wiring. Children's brains are designed to develop through interactions with adults, so when adults are intentional about positive interactions, it can be incredibly powerful. The quality of interaction is a hidden curriculum; it is the strongest environmental factor shaping how children develop competencies, self concept and how they interact with the world around them. Read more

East End House Makes the Holidays a Little Brighter for Over 500 Children

As printed in the Cambridge Chronicle on January 10, 2013.

East End House's annual Holiday Toy Drive was held December 20th and 21st, providing children from struggling families with toys, essential personal items, and warm hats, mittens, scarves and coats for the winter. Parents and guardians selected the children's gifts from a bountiful spread in the East End House gym, and volunteers cheerfully wrapped the presents into enticing packages. Read more

A Lifeline for Families

Cathy came seeking a socialization opportunity for her son and a way to meet local families. East End House provided that and more; the agency offered a much-needed support network for the mother, who serves as her children's primary caregiver while her husband, who immigrated to the United States several years ago, works long hours to support the family. "It's like a lifeline," Cathy remarked, "They really understand what I'm going through. I know I could walk in at any time and people would help me." Read more

Meeting Your Match: Middle School Mentoring Program Thrives

After completing the training and being matched with just the right youth, today Gabby gets to meet Allison, her new mentee. It's been ages since Gabby was in middle school; how will she relate to a thirteen year old girl? Read more

Gym Renovation Promotes Health and Wellness

Today, the Preschool I class is learning about the letter G. What starts with G? Goat. To solidify the connection between the letter and the farm animal, the class has made goat-horn hats out of construction paper. Now the herd is let loose to frolic in the East End House gymnasium. They prance and buck and race about, giggling as they go.

Thanks to a grant from the Franklin Square House Foundation, East End House has been able to refinish the floor. Now the glistening gym is open and children are playing in it happily once again. Read more

Our Mission

East End House community center uses a holistic approach to promote the well-being, academic achievement, and successful transition to adulthood of children and youth from under-resourced families in Cambridge and surrounding communities. As part of the approach, East End House provides support services to a diverse population, from infants to seniors, to strengthen family and community.

Save the Date Calendar

Community Ice Skating Party

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
6:00 PM
- 8:00 PM

Embrace the winter season with ice skating for kids and adults of all ages, Kettle Cuisine chili, and hot cocoa! Join us at the Kendall Square Community Skating Rink at 300 Athenaeum Street in East Cambridge on Tuesday February 12, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event, skate rentals and food are free of charge. Read more

Cooking for a Cause 2013

Friday, April 12th, 2013
6:00 PM
- 10:00 PM

East End House's tenth annual Cooking for a Cause fundraising event will take place on Friday, April 12th from 6 to 10 p.m. at the MIT Media Lab, with Chef William Kovel of Catalyst as the Culinary Chair and Dylan Black of Green Street as the Wine Chair. The event brings together some of the top chefs, mixologists and specialty vendors in the area for an extraordinary evening to benefit the essential programs East End House provides to the community. You can be a part of the event and make a lasting difference in your community by becoming an event sponsor or placing an ad in the program book. To learn more go to the Sponsor Info Sheet or to the Sponsor and Ad Form. Read more

What Will it Take: Plugging the Leaky STEM Pipeline

Thursday, April 18th, 2013
6:00 PM
- 8:00 PM

Minority, low-income and female students often face cultural barriers that prevent them from studying and working in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM) fields. Join us at the Broad Institute Auditorium at 7 Cambridge Center in Cambridge on April 18 to hear and share the latest research and ideas for "plugging the leaky STEM pipeline." From 6:00-6:30 p.m., children and youth from Cambridge schools and out-of-school time programs will present some examples of their science work. At 6:30 p.m. a facilitated community conversation will explore how we can collaborate to inspire the next generation of young scientists. Read more

Sunrise Senior Program

Every Monday and Every Wednesday
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Sunrise Senior Activities Program is a group of seniors who meet twice a week for games, guest speakers, presentations, luncheons and field trips. It is open to all seniors in the community. Read more

Family Playgroups

Every Tuesday
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Bring your 0-5 year old for games, snacks and a chance to socialize with other families. No need to sign up, just stop by and have fun! Read more

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