Strong Start Program


The Strong Start Program was launched in 2013 to provide an opportunity for parents to help develop children’s literacy skills, expose preschool children to a school setting, build parenting skills and knowledge about child development, and build social cohesion amongst families.

This free 12-week program offers:

  • Parenting strategies to support your child’s learning & behavior
  • Kindergarten readiness for kids between the ages of 2.9 and 5
  • Networking, leadership and learning opportunities and resources

This program includes graduation gifts, meals, and childcare for children ages 2-5

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, children ages 3-5 can participate in Jumpstart’s early literacy program. Children will…

  • Get ready for kindergarten (and beyond!)
  • Develop oral language and literacy skills
  • Build social-emotional skills

On Tuesday evenings, parents can participate in the Power of Parenting program, exploring topics like…

  • Play As Learning
  • Media and Brain Development
  • Children’s Temperaments
  • Growth and Change in the Early Years
  • Building Self-Esteem
  • Resilience
  • Language Development
  • Positive Discipline

On Thursday evenings, parents can…

  • Attend yoga classes
  • Participate in community meetings run by Union Capital Boston
  • Learn about Financial Literacy
  • Participate in raffles
  • Take advantage of additional services provided by Urban Edge
Through interactive workshops and discussion groups, you can gain new parenting strategies to support your child’s learning and behavior while connecting with other parents.

Our Fall English Program begins September 20th, 2022

Sign up here:

  • WHEN: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 7:30pm
  • WHERE:  Urban Edge, 1542 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury
  • LANGUAGE: English and Spanish


For more information, contact Durrell Harris at