About Us

Parent Talk is a community-based organization helping families with young children connect, learn, play, and grow together. We offer comprehensive enrichment activities designed to help members build relationships as well as educational tools and vehicles focused on child development and parenting. Our membership is comprised of approximately 500 families residing in Needham, Dover, Westwood, Natick and surrounding towns.
Parent Talk members enjoy numerous benefits including playgroups, newsletters, lectures, free access to our indoor playspace, free museum passes, retail discounts, reduced rates on select children’s classes, family activities, and social events for children and parents. In addition, Parent Talk offers clubs and committees designed to engage members in the community and develop life-long friendships.

Founded in 1991, Parent Talk is a non-profit organization run entirely by a network of dedicated volunteers and holds a large and active presence in the local community.

History

Parent Talk was founded in 1991 by Tammy Lamenzo, a Needham mom of three young children who was working on a graduate degree at Northeastern University. Her frustration with the lack of support for parents of children under five led her to write a business plan for a nonprofit organization that would meet this need. Unlike a traditional mom’s or dad’s group, Lamenzo’s concept focused on providing educational and emotional support to the entire family. What began as a small support network with just a handful of Needham families has grown to
include enrichment programs, a renowned lecture series, family and broad community events, a dedicated indoor play space, and so much more. Today, Parent Talk is comprised of 400 families residing in Needham, Dover, Westwood, Natick and surrounding towns.

In 1993, Parent Talk held its first Used Clothing, Toy & Equipment Sale. This now twice-yearly event is attended by hundreds of shoppers, and all unsold items are donated to local charitable organizations that rely on these goods to serve families in need.

In addition to charitable endeavors, Parent Talk has coordinated fundraising efforts for the refurbishment of three playgrounds (Perry Park, Cricket Field and Mills Field in Needham), hosted a food, coat, school supply drives for local organizations, and has sponsored local summer youth sport teams and concert series.

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