Are you looking for a safe, friendly place to meet other parents and give your child an opportunity to play with children of similar ages? If you are the parent of a child 3 or under who lives or works in Melrose, Stoneham or Wakefield you have just read the right article in the paper. We invite you to take advantage of the valuable resources offered through the North Suburban Family Network. (NSFN) The NSFN, a program of Hallmark Health, is a community-based family education and support program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, through the Melrose Public Schools .The NSFN brings together families and the communities of Melrose, Stoneham and Wakefield by helping to meet the needs of parents and caregivers of young children birth through age 3. The NSFN offers a variety of free parent/child playgroups, parent support groups and educational workshops. Family-fun events and drop-in play are two of our most popular programs. We offer drop-in play, Monday - Thursday from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. and on Friday from 9:00 A.M. - Noon. Please call for Saturday hours. Families outside the three communities are welcome to attend any drop-in programs and registered programs if space is available. The NSFN is located at 16 Franklin Street in Melrose. Office hours are Monday - Thursday 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. and on Friday from 9:00 A.M. - 1:00 PM. You can check out our programs at www.hallmarkhealth.org and then click on North Suburban Family Network under Departments and Services. For additional information, please call the office at (781) 662-2722.