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The North Quabbin Community Coalition (NQCC) holds an informative forum on the third Friday of each month, September through June, at the Athol-Orange Elks Club, 92 New Athol Road, Orange, from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Various topics concerning the North Quabbin area are presented by assorted organizations, businesses and individuals. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The North Quabbin Community Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, exclusively supported by membership donations and grants. Your donation is tax deductible.



North Quabbin Community Coalition
251 Exchange Street
Athol, MA 01331
Fax 978-575-0474


If information about you or your agency is incorrect, please let us know at 978-249-3703 or If you or your agency are not listed as a service for the North Quabbin region, please feel free to submit your information for consideration.

Please click here for an alphabetical list of agencies: INDEX

Athol Area YMCA

545 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331

For more than 150 years the Athol Area YMCA has provided innovative, quality programs and services, which encourages the positive development of youth, strengthens families, builds healthier & stronger communities. Our programs build character by emphasizing the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We offer a variety of programs including child care, swim lessons, leadership development, health and fitness classes, sports, camping, and more!  Take a look at what we have to offer.

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Athol Bird & Nature Club / Millers River Environmental Center

100 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-248-9491 ~ Fax 978-248-2020 ~

The Athol Bird and Nature Club, serving the North Quabbin Region/Millers River Watershed since 1963, provides a diverse Natural History programs and field trips for citizens of all ages. The Center houses the natural history collection assembled by the Athol Students of Robert Coyle and provides a meeting space for groups with an interest in the natural history, stewardship, and environmental integrity of the region.

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Athol Head Start

(A program of Montachusett Opportunity Council)
CDC Center, 925 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331 (corner of Main & Riverbend Streets)

Head Start is a preschool program administrated by Montachusett Opportunity Council Child Care and Head Start Services. Head Start programs strive to foster self esteem and social competence in preschool children and to support and encourage the parents’ role as their child’s primary caregivers.

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Athol Public Library

568 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-9515 ~ Fax 978-249-7636 ~

Library services include:

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Athol School District

Athol-Royalston Regional School District (AARSD) Superintendent's Office
1062 Pleasant Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-2400 ~ Fax 978-249-2402

Athol Community Elementary School
1064 Pleasant Street, Athol, MA 01331

Athol High School
2363 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-2435 ~ Fax 978-249-2422

Athol-Royalston Middle School
1062 Pleasant Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-2430 ~ Fax 978-249-0055

Royalston Community School
96 Winchendon Road, Royalston, MA 01331
978-249-2900 ~ Fax 978-249-4110

Office of Pupil Services (SPED)
1063 Pleasant Street, Athol, MA 01331

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Child Care Outlook

(A program of Community Action!)
393 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 ~ 413-772-2177 or
56 Vernon Street, Northampton, MA 01360 ~ 413-582-4230 or
167 South Main Street, Orange, MA 01364 ~ 978-544-8205

Child Care Outlook, a program of Community Action, is the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency serving Hampshire, Franklin Counties and the North Quabbin Area.

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Criterion Riverway Early Intervention

91 Main Street Suite 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
413-475-3340 ~ Fax 413-475-3791167

Criterion Riverway Early Intervention provides services for children between birth and 3-years-old who live in the North Quabbin area. Our team of multi-disciplinary therapists provide developmental evaluations at home to determine any potential delays in the areas of Communication, Cognition, Social-Emotional, Adaptive, and Motor skills. We also support families in accessing area resources, learning about child development, and becoming their child’s best advocate..

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Erving Elementary School

28 Northfield Road, Erving, MA 01344
413-423-3326 ~ Fax 413-423-3648

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Greenfield Community College

One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301
413-775-1000 ~ 413-775-1424

Greenfield Community College provides low cost, high quality open admission community college that is working to transform our region into a knowledge based economy and is preparing our students to live and work in the emerging global society.

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HOPE for Women ~ House of Peace & Education, Inc.

20 Barthel Avenue, Gardner, MA 01440
978-630-4752 ~ Fax 978-630-4752 ~

HOPE for Women is a flexible program of education and support for income-eligible women. This is an individually tailored program of computer education, job-skills training and personal support for women who wish to learn new skills in order to enter the workforce, to get better jobs, or to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.

We invite you to visit and experience the welcoming environment at HOPE, which is open daily, Mon. – Fri. from 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. Come in and speak with a staff member about computer training and HOPE’s other programs for women and children.

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The Literacy Project ~ North Quabbin Adult Education Center

34 North Main Street, Orange, MA 01264
978-544-8917 ~ Fax 978-544-8917

Offers Adult Basic Education and GED preparation classes for the North Quabbin region.

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Literacy Volunteers of Orange / Athol

584 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331

The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol is to promote literacy skills that empower adults to realize their educational, vocational and personal goals. Since 1975. Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol (LVOA) has provided free, confidential and individualized tutoring in basic literacy and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to adults in the North Quabbin communities through the use of professionally trained and supported volunteer tutors. All services are free and confidential.

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MOC Childcare & Head Start Services

(Montachusett Opportunity Council)
133 Prichard Street ~ PO Box 986, Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-343-0185 ~ Fax 978-343-7360

The Purpose of the program is to prepare children and families for appropriate growth, development and school readiness through the provision of comprehensive family centered services. These services can take the form of center based Head Start and Pre School Programs, as well as Family Child Care Homes and School Age Programs. MOC Childcare and Head Start Services serves the towns of Athol, Clinton, Gardner, Fitchburg, Leominster & Winchendon.

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Narragansett Regional School District

462 Baldwinville Road, Baldwinville, MA 01436

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New Salem Swift River School

201 Wendell Road, New Salem, MA 01355
978-544-6926 ~ Fax 978-544-2253

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North Central Educational Opportunity Center

MWCC Leominster Campus, 100 Erdman Way, Room 124, Leominster, MA 01453
978-630-9820 or 978-630-9822

Free college planning for low income, first in their family to attend college, adult students.  Services include: college admissions and financial aid application assistance, basic career counseling and referrals to ABE/HiSET and ESOL programs. The NCEOC is a TRiO Program funded through the U.S. Department of Education.

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North Orange Head Start

Gale Brook School, 168 Athol Road, North Orange, MA 01364

Orange Head Start is a Head Start program administered by the Parent-Child Development Center (PCDC) in Greenfield.

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Orange Elementary School District

131 West Main Street, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-3450 ~ Fax 978-544-3450

Butterfield School
94 South Main Street, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-6136 ~ Fax 978-544-1121

Fisher Hill
59 Dexter Street, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-0018 ~ Fax 978-544-5703

Dexter Park
75 Dexter Street Extension, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-6080 ~ Fax 978-544-1123

75 Dexter Street Extension, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-1124 ~ Fax 978-544-1131

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Parent-Child Development Center Head Start

(A program of Community Action!)
393 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
413-475-1400 (Enrollment) or 413-774-2318 (Main Number) ~ Fax 413-773-3834

The Parent-Child Development Center offers comprehensive Head Start, Early Head Start and childcare services to children birth up to Kindergarten through a menu of options including:  center-based classrooms and home visiting, and in licensed and monitored Family Child Care homes throughout Franklin and Hampshire Counties. Some services are free to eligible families. State sliding scale fees apply to childcare services.

Towns:  Classrooms in Greenfield, Turners Falls, Northfield, Bernardston, North Orange, Amherst, Ware, Northampton, and Easthampton. Home Visiting throughout Franklin and Hampshire Counties. Family Child Care in various locations throughout the two counties.

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Petersham Center School

PO Box 148, 31 Spring Street, Petersham, MA 01366
978-724-3363 ~ Fax 978-724-6687

The Petersham Center School family is committed to providing an environment in which the needs of all the children are met, enabling them to develop to their fullest potential. We stress a curriculum enriched with opportunities to develop academic, social and physical skills; taking into consideration the individual differences and needs of every child.

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Phillipston Memorial School

20 The Common, Phillipston, MA 01331
978-249-4969 ~ Fax: 978-249-5526

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Pioneer Regional School District

97 F Summer Turner Road, Northfield, MA 01360

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Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District

PO Box 680, 507 South Main Street, Orange, MA 01364
978-544-2920 ~ Fax 978-544-8383

Mahar serves the towns of Orange, New Salem, Petersham and Wendell. There are approximately 750 students that make up the middle school (grades 7 & 8) and high school (grades 9-12).

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REACH Early Intervention

423 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
(Located in the PATCH Office)
For referrals: 413-665-8717

REACH Early Intervention provides services for children between birth and 3-years-old who live in the North Quabbin area. Our team of multi-disciplinary therapists provide developmental evaluations at home to determine any potential delays in the areas of communication, cognition, social-emotional, adaptive, and motor skills. We offer an infant-toddlers playgroup at the PATCH office on Thursdays. We also support families in accessing area resources, learning about child development, and becoming their child’s best advocate.

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Seeds of Solidarity Education Center

165 Chestnut Hill Road, Orange, MA 01364

Seeds of Solidarity brings to life the connection between environmental and social justice issues through research, demonstration, and hands-on education. Our work is a response to the inequitable distribution of resources and ecological destruction that plague communities locally and globally. We partner with the schools to promote wellness through school gardens and greenhouses. Seeds of Solidarity Education reliance. We try to contribute to the vitality of the area through our SOL (Seeds of Leadership) Garden program for area teenagers, and through the annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival.

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Valuing Our Children (VOC)

217 Walnut Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-8467 ~ Fax 978-249-8228

VOC is a Massachusetts Family Center offering support and education to families in the North Quabbin region. Programs include:

All services are free. Transportation, meals and childcare for classes and activities are available.

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The Village School

PO Box 122, The Common, Royalston, MA 01331
978-249-3505 ~ Fax: 978-575-1286

The Village School is an independent elementary school serving preschool – kindergarten – the 6th grade. Place-based, project-based, hands on curriculum with small classrooms.

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Warwick Elementary School

41 Winchester Road, Warwick, MA 01378
978-544-6310 ~ Fax 978-544-6353

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Wheeler Memorial Library

49 East Main Street, Orange, MA 01364

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Y-Kids Depot & Nursery

(A Program of the Athol Area YMCA)
545 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331
978-249-3305 x16 ~ Fax 978-249-4009

Y-Kids Depot is an EEC (Early Education and Care) licensed child care facility providing a safe & fun environment for children entering grades K-6th. Open year round, with the exception of nine holidays and one week at the end of August when the Y is closed. The Y.M.C.A. Nursery school is open to children age 2.9 – 5 years old.  (Children from Athol, Royalston & Orange.)

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