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Pathways to Family Success

Pathways to Family Success is a free program that supports immigrant families who live in Cambridge. Staff work with families to help them better understand the U.S. school system, support their children’s learning, and connect to community resources. Pathways is based at the Cambridge Public Health Department.

Who can participate?

To be in the program, a parent must:

  • Have a child in kindergarten through third grade.
  • Live in Cambridge public housing or have a Section 8 voucher.
  • Speak English as a second language or have come from another country.


Pathways to Family Success is free and offers many activities for parents and children on Saturday mornings, including:

  • Workshops on understanding the U.S. school system.
  • Parent support, including one-on-one sessions with staff and group sessions for parents to connect with other parents.
  • Children’s activities led by staff, such as arts and crafts and literacy games.
  • Computer time for children to play math and other educational computer games.
  • Breakfast each week.
  • Free books for children to take home each week.

How can I sign up for Pathways to Family Success?

For more information about Pathways to Family Success, please contact Becky Smick at 617-665-3827 or rsmick@challiance.org.

How does the program work?

  • Participants in the Pathways to Family Success program attend workshops, family support groups, and fun literacy events.
  • Children receive a free book each week and will have their own “mini-library” by the end of the program.
  • Participating families meet every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Windsor Street Health Center. Each program session runs for eight months, from September to April.
  • Parents are required to meet with staff once a month to work on reaching personal goals.
  • Participating families are invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the end of April.
  • Pathways to Family Success is based at the Cambridge Public Health Department, and partners include the Center for Families, Cambridge Housing Authority, and the Community Learning Center.
Updated on July 17, 2018

To learn more about Pathways to Family Success, please contact Becky Smick  at 617-665-3827 or rsmick@challiance.org.