Mansfield Advocates for Children


Who we are and what we do:

Our Mission: All Mansfield Children ages birth through 8 years old are healthy, successful learners, and their families are connected to the community.

Mansfield Advocates for Children (MAC) is an early Childhood Collaborative invested in the well-being of children from birth to 8 in Mansfield. MAC also proudly serves as an advisory council to the Mansfield Town Council on issues relating to education, health and the safety of young children. MAC also acts as the Mansfield School Readiness Council, which oversees and implements guidelines for the School Readiness program. This includes making recommendations related to School Readiness funding, reviewing grant applications, fostering partnerships between area agencies and providers, evaluating the effectiveness of School Readiness programs, identifying resources available to children and families, facilitating the delivery of those services, and encouraging public participation.  

School Readiness is a state-funded initiative administered by the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) that provides access to quality educational programs for children ages 3 and 4. The School Readiness spaces operate on a sliding fee scale, and enrolled families are required to pay a weekly fee that is determined by the OEC. There are three quality School Readiness centers in Mansfield that provide part day, full day or school day opportunities for preschool aged children. If you are interested in filling out an application for your child, please stop by the Youth Services Office, or print and fill out the online application. All applications are to be returned to the Early Childhood Services Coordinator.

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Check out some MAC fun!

FY 2022 School Readiness RFP

Local School Readiness RFP

Contact Info Sheet

Space and Funding Grid

Local Budget Workbook

Program Data

Contact Sarah Dufresne with any questions., 860-429-3338

Drive Through Egg Hunt

While we are all staying home and staying safe from COVID-19, let's have some fun. Print out and color one of the egg patterns and then put on display outside. Attach it to your mailbox, front door, or a tree. Place them in a plastic bag first to keep them safe from the rain. Then, you and your family can drive around town to hunt for other eggs.How many can you find?