At the heart of Family Nurturing Center’s work is the belief that parenting is learned and that parents are most successful in nurturing their children when they feel competent in their skills, connected to others, and nurtured themselves by the support of a caring community.  With insight and practice, all mothers, fathers, and caregivers can recognize their strengths and become effective teachers, listeners, and sources of guidance and stability. Children raised in nurturing environments are much more likely to have positive lifelong physical, emotional, and academic outcomes.

We work with our many community partners to  provide comprehensive family support from birth to adolescence.  We coordinate a range of programs that include Welcome Baby newborn outreach and Parent/Child Home Program visits, Playgroups for children and their parents/caregivers together, intensive Nurturing Parenting Programs that involve the whole family, and community-based services that engage families in school readiness activities, resource referral, and advocacy.


"Life doesn't prepare you to be a parent": the Sandovals & FNC

Ariel Sandoval is from Guatemala and his wife, Alba, from Honduras.  Alba first encountered Family Nurturing Center with a Welcome Baby visit. Since then, the Sandovals have participated in Parent-Child Playgroups, graduated from a Nurturing Program, and benefited enormously from the Parent-Child Home Program.  “Our son is bright, but has difficulty concentrating,” says Ariel.  “He loved the Parent-Child Home Program visits and always settled down when the woman came to teach reading. Now at five, he is much more settled and always wants me to read to him—the program gets you reading as a routine.” 

“These programs are very important for people like us,” says Ariel. “You know there is someone out there trying to make a better future for you and your kids.  I didn’t know how important it is to read and play with your kid.  I just thought they learn in school. This taught me that schooling should start at home, when they are young. Life doesn’t prepare you to be a parent and raising kids is not easy. I know that by reading to them, I’m helping them now and in the future.”

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We reach more than 3000 parents and children each year. Strengthening families by building parents’ nurturing skills and knowledge of healthy child development; connecting families to each other, their community, and resources.  Providing free home visits, playgroups, intensive parenting programs and workshops.  




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Upcoming Events

When: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Join us for a conversation and facilitated discussion with filmmaker Jordan Thierry on exploring fatherhood in Black America.  Lunch and childcare are provided.  Space is limited. To register, contact Karla Walker, or go to EventBrite: http://tinyurl.com/fatherhood-... Read more...


12/28/2013 — Read the fascinating story of The Philanthropy Connection in the Boston Globe. FNC is pleased and proud to be among the first five grant recipients of this new foundation.  We will be using the funds to support an Enhanced Parent-Child Playgroup at our Family Resource... Read more...
11/22/2013 — Rising Star Quilters of Lexington, Massachusetts provided Family Nurturing Center with forty blankets and five teddy bears for FNC's Welcome Baby program. Welcome Baby provides gift bags of baby essentials to families in celebration of their newborns. These handmade... Read more...