About FNC

The mission of Family Nurturing Center is to work with others to build nurturing communities where children are cherished, families are supported, and healthy human development is promoted by all.

Evidence keeps mounting that giving parents the training and resources they need to nurture and guide their families brings significant social and economic rewards to their children and to society at large.

Family Nurturing Center believes all parents need support in their challenging and important role, and it is best found in community. Providing neighborhood-based as well as city-wide programs, we reach parents and caregivers through home visits, playgroups, and parenting education. Connecting families with each other for mutual support, skill-building, and access to educational, social and health resources is an essential element of our practice and mission.

Collaboration and training are integral to our philosophy, and we continue to broaden capacity as the recognized training and technical support provider for Nurturing Program development in Massachusetts. Working with the Department of Children and Families and other social service agencies, we train individuals across the region and support the development of new programs.

Impact in FY18:

  • 172 parents - including dozens of dads - graduating from Nurturing Parenting Programs
  • 245 Welcome Baby deliveries of gift bags and resource information to families with newborns
  • 87 families receiving twice-weekly Parent-Child Home Program visits modeling language and literacy activities
  • Over 550 parents/caregivers and children building skills together in Parent-Child Playgroups
  • 169 families received developmental screenings (Ages & Stages Questionnaires or ASQs) to assess progress toward milestones
  • 207 social workers, community providers and volunteers completing training to facilitate Nurturing Programs across the state
  • Over 400 family members celebrating together at holiday parties, community brunches, and neighborhood cookouts.

For more details and highlights of our FY18 program outcomes, see pdf file below.

Some of our favorite websites, research, and resources:

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change - video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything - video from The Ounce

Too Small to Fail - promoting the importance of early brain and language development and empowering parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth