First Connections

我们的使命是为家长提供工具, practical strategies, and connections to other families and their communities to foster healthy parenting and guide them through the first years of the parenting journey.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Families with children birth to age 6 in the communities of Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hanscom AFB, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Sudbury, and Westford.
Professionals working with families with young children in those towns.
Age: Birth - 6
Gender: all
Let's Connect
Deborah Werneburg
Program Director
Acton, MA 01720
(978) 429-8284 x201
Linda Jensen, LSWA
Office Manager
Acton, MA 01720
(978) 429-8284 x202
(978) 429-8690
New Parent Groups

Emotional Well-Being After Baby Group - Every Thursday   

产后抑郁? Emotional challenges are the most common complication of pregnancy and childbirth, yet parents often feel isolated and ashamed if they are struggling. 父母感到焦虑或抑郁, or who are feeling overwhelmed in the postpartum year, 能不能一起来支持这个, nonjudgmental, 保密小组分享故事, 相互学习, 并接受应对技巧策略. This is an ongoing group for parents of babies 0-12 months.

EWAB is currently meeting via Zoom every Thursday, 9:30-11AM. This group is also meeting in person on the 3rd Thursday of each month on a drop-in basis, 在阿克顿的第一连接公司. 在第一次参加之前, or to obtain more info on connecting to the group please contact the facilitator, Heather O'Brien, LICSW at


Any mother with a pre-crawling baby is welcome to attend this weekly support group. Open-discussion format is a forum for you to share experiences and resources, 与其他新妈妈交流, and seek guidance about any concerns you might have. 无需注册. Facilitated by a certified lactation counselor or consultant, however parents using bottles for feeding are welcome!

This group is currently meeting in a hybrid schedule.  Email Mary at: for the link and password if it's your first group, then you will automatically receive it each week. 

NEW!!  The group will meet in person one Wednesday per month at Littleton Library. 如需亲自回复,请发电子邮件 即将到来的日期是:9月. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 8, Dec. 6

Parent & 家庭咨询-预约

First Connections' professional staff provide one-on-one consultations for parents who have questions or concerns about postpartum adjustment, infant development, breastfeeding, 或者是兄弟姐妹适应问题. Meetings most often take place virtually but can be arranged in person, in our office or outdoors.  This service is available to residents of Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, 汉斯科姆空军基地, Littleton, Lincoln, Maynard, Sudbury, and Westford.



秋季游戏小组从9月9日开始. 11-Dec. 11. 有空缺的小组包括:

Language & Literacy for Multilingual Families Ages 1 1/2-5 Years on Wednesdays, 10-11:00, 在阿克顿的First Connections举行

Me, You, We, Playgroup for Ages 3-5 on Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 at Boxboro Library

Email lmatthews@jri.去查询这两个组的空缺, or to be put on a wait list for groups serving 1 year olds or 2 year olds.




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"Thank you so much for keeping the group running online. 能认识一些新朋友真是太好了. I was on the verge of tears when people were talking about family not seeing their babies and trying to juggle motherhood at home with partners doing "real work" so close by. I immediately felt better when you said that we're doing the hardest work. It was so validating and such a great reminder of what I knew before I became a parent. For me, being a parent is a huge honor that took us a little extra time to reach. 感谢您占用这个空间. "See" you soon!"


First Connections is a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) program with primary funding from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.  With additional support from generous individuals and organizations, First Connections' wide range of family services are offered at no charge.  

Additional support for our fiscal year 2024 programs and services comes from: 
     Emerson Health Determination of Need Community Health Initiative
     Sudbury Foundation

This work is also made possible by donations from local families and individuals.  

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.