Resources

Education

  • Acton Memorial Library is the main library in town center, dedicated to serving the informational, educational, and recreational needs of Acton residents of all ages and backgrounds. 

  • Acton-Boxborough Community Ed offers classes year round for adults and children ranging from academic to artistic and gymnastic to scientific. Satisfy your curiosity about music, drama, games, Legos, nature walks, hip hop, computing, driver's ed, healthy eating, SAT prep, introductory Spanish, chair yoga or reading Oliver Twist

  • Citizen's Library is a wonderful reader's library in the heart of West Acton Village, specializing in putting popular books and magazines into the hands of readers. 

Health and Safety

  • Acton Fire Department protects lives and property in town by delivering fire protection, fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical services to citizens.

  • Acton Police Department protects lives and property in town by patrolling and policing, investigating crimes, arresting criminals, handling false alarms and responding to vehicle crashes. They also deal with social issues including domestic abuse, homelessness, mental health problems and medical responses.

  • Domestic Violence Services Network Inc (DVSN) works in collaboration with communities to end domestic violence. They strive to empower and educate people in ways that respect their dignity and choices while promoting their safety. 

    The Help Line: 888-399-6111 is Toll Free and Confidential.

Elders and Seniors

  • Acton Council on Aging advocates for local seniors by enhancing their quality of life and independence through programs and services that address health, economics, social life and cultural interests.
  • Cooperative Elder Services offers frail elders and disabled adults who have medical, emotional or cognitive impairments, a caring and secure alternative to nursing home placement, while offering their family caretakers peace of mind and respite.
  • Minuteman Senior Services helps older and disabled adults age with independence and dignity in the setting of their choice which is most often their own homes and communities. They support caregivers, local and long distance, who want to do the right thing for their loved ones and need help and advice as they balance the competing demands of family, work and self.

Families

  • 2018 Spring News from First Connections is a resource for parents of infants and young children. Find out what educational programs are available for April, May and June.
     
  • Acton Chinese Language School is a non-profit that provides an educational and cultural setting for youngsters and adults in Acton and neighboring towns to learn Chinese language, traditions and culture. ACLS warmly extends its hands to students from non-Chinese families without regard to race, color, religion, gender and national origin.
  • Acton Family Network is a group of local parents working together to improve resources for families with young children by developing social, recreational, and cultural opportunities in Acton, Boxborough, and neighboring towns.
  • Acton-Boxborough Diversity Coalition is committed to creating a process, and ultimately a plan, to promote awareness, understanding, appreciation and acceptance of people of various cultures including race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, ability, native language, national origin, and religion.
  • Danny's Place Youth Services empowers youth through life and leadership skills. Programs include the U-Project , 4-H and life coaching.

  • Drive-in Control invites families from Acton-Boxborough, Groton-Dunstable and Littleton to participate in advanced driver training and crash prevention (formerly known as Skid School) at a special subsidized rate. This training is geared to 1st & 2nd year drivers who have the highest percentages of crashes. 

  • English at Large provides free one-to-one English language tutoring and small group instruction to hundreds of adult learners in 21 Boston-area cities and towns, helping them improve their English language skills, adapt to American life, and participate in their communities.

  • First Connections is a free program for all families with children from birth through age 8. They offer facilitated playgroups, parenting education seminars, parent support groups, parent and child weekend STEM-based learning activities, Ages & Stages developmental assessments, home visits, and resources and referrals to services helpful for families raising young children. Located at 179 Great Road, #104A, Acton call us at 978-429-8284 or email lmatthews@jri.org to receive the quarterly newsletter which lists upcoming programming. This is a Mass. Dept. of Early Education & Care Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant program.

  • Healthy Families Central Middlesex is a voluntary, confidential home visiting program for first-time pregnant or parenting moms and dads under the age of 21.  Healthy Families can help with pregnancy and parenting support, personal goals, applying for benefits, exploring housing options, connecting to other services. Periodic groups, and activities. Contact: Andrea Siani, 781-693 1232.

  • Latino Family Network fosters a network of Latin families in the Greater Boston Area to promote family connections, educational activities and social gatherings.

  • Mass 211 connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free phone service and searchable online database.

  • Minuteman ARC mproves the lives of children and adults with disabilities by increasing independence, personal choice, and self-advocacy.

  • Open Door Theater produces one large-scale (usually musical) theatrical show every year, drawing local adults and children for casts and crews from the Acton area: Concord, Boxborough, Littleton, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Maynard, Westford and Sudbury.

Medical

  • Acton Nursing Services provides Certified Home Health (VNA) and public-health services for residents of Acton and surrounding towns. Walk-in services for adult and childhood vaccinations and blood-pressure checks are available Monday—Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.on the 2nd floor of Acton Town Hall, 472 Main Street. Call (978) 929-6650 before coming to assure availability of a nurse.

  • Commission on Disabilities advocates for the rights and interests of Acton citizens with disabilities and their families, and acts as an educational resource.

  • Emerson Hospital brings high-quality health care and advanced medical services to 300,000+ people in 25 towns with more than 300 primary care doctors and specialists, and outpatient facilities in Westford, Groton, Sudbury and Concord.

  • Metro West Behavioral Center from the Justice Resource Institute provides in-home and community-based services to children and families with serious emotional disturbance, medical complications, developmental disabilities, and behavioral issues.

Town Government

  • Acton Housing Authority provides affordable rental housing in Acton and rental assistance subsidies to low-income individuals and families, so they can rent housing in the private market.

  • Community Resources Coordinator provides social services to town residents under 60. Information and referral services are provided in conjunction with local, state and federal programs including food assistance, fuel assistance, MassHealth applications, financial assistance, substance abuse, domestic violence, affordable housing, legal and behavioral health resources. See ActonCoA for 60+ seniors.

  • Town of Acton Website connects you to Town departments.calendars, FAQs and news and announcements.

  • Town of Acton Health Department safeguards the public health of the people living and working in the Town of Acton.
  • Town of Acton Veteran's Services helps veterans and their dependents learn about, apply for, and in some cases, receive federal, state, and local benefits to which they may be entitled.