Welcome!

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. 

We work with community partners to strengthen families through Welcome Baby and Parent-Child Home Program visits, Playgroups for children and their parents/caregivers together, Nurturing Parenting Programs that involve the whole family, and community-based services that engage families in school readiness activities, parenting education, and resource referral. 

PARENTS: To connect with an FNC staff member about programs for you and your family, click here

PROVIDERS: To refer a family to FNC programs, click here.

"It helps you look at things differently." - Shirley's Story

Shirley first came to know Family Nurturing Center through a Welcome Baby visit for her youngest daughter, Melody. On the recommendation of her Visitor, Shirley enrolled with her middle daughter, Naomi, in the Parent-Child Home Program.  Dedicating an hour a week to Naomi and interacting with the PCHP home visitor proved to be effective in getting her two year old daughter to focus and to listen to stories – important skills needed for school readiness.

Shirley is still actively involved with FNC and attends a weekly Parent-Child Playgroup, where she continues to build her skills and connect with other parents and caregivers. Shirley’s oldest daughter, Ariel, has transitioned into pre-school; Naomi and baby Melody enjoy play time, story time, and circle time with their mom at Playgroup. Shirley stays engaged with FNC because, “Even with my third kid, I am still learning about parenting. All my kids are different, and this is a support parents need.”

Support our Programs

Family Nurturing Center reaches more than 3,000 parents and children each year. We strengthen families by building parents’ nurturing skills and knowledge of healthy child development and by connecting families to each other, to their community, and to resources.  In collaboration with partners, we provide free home visits, parent-child playgroups, intensive parenting programs, family support, and training and capacity-building. 

During this season of the year, you can make a donation to FNC through the Rodman Ride for Kids, an umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth-focused social service organizations.  FNC will receive 100% of your donation, plus a match of up to 3%!  To learn more or to join us as a Rider on Saturday, September 22nd, click HERE.   

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News

9/12/2018 — Family Nurturing Center is happy to announce our Changing Children's Chances capital campaign is well underway. FNC has raised nearly $2.7 million towards our $3.2 million capital campaign goal to create a Family and Training Center in the heart of Dorchester's Bowdoin-... Read more...
3/7/2018 — Get the latest news about Family Nurturing Center here.  Neighborhood Family Support Networks:  Dorchester Family Support Network: Tara Register  Allston-Brighton Family Support Network: Colleen McGuire  Roslindale/Hyde Park Family Support Network: Maxine Hall Our Family... Read more...