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1/2/2018
When Kenny (left) walked into the Nurturing Fathers' Program graduation ceremony last Tuesday night, he spotted Shareef (right) with his girls and went straight toward him. "I could see my brother could use a hand."  Kenny and Shareef met fifteen Tuesdays ago at FNC's Nurturing Fathers' Program done in collaboration with the Whittier Street Health Center and supported by the Children's Trust. These young men admitted they had lots to learn about fatherhood - and they each had two great reasons to attend.  Read more...
12/20/2017
Family Nurturing Programs are only as good as the facilitators who lead them. FNC's Director of Training and Nurturing Programs, Sue Parker (right, with former FNC intern, Amanda Hsu) has been facilitating Nurturing Programs since 1991 and has been with FNC since 1998. Over the course of her 25-year career, Sue has guided hundreds of famlies through the nurturing philosophy. She atrributes the success of Nurturing Programs to the safe spaces they provide for families not only to take in information (cognitive learning) but also to talk about their feelings (affective learning).  Read more...
12/5/2017
Routines are an essential part of parenting - and of Parent-Child Playgroups. For Children, routines help create expectation and ease the transition from one activity to the next. That's why our Early Childhood Specialists, who lead our Parent-Child Playgroups, make sure the activity schedule is the same every session, even when there are new things to try in the play space.  Levi, aged 2, pictured here with Grandma as he masters a peg board, takes advantage of all areas of the play space. Every week, Levi and his mother come to Playgroup at the Brighton Branch Library.  Read more...
12/1/2017
During the session on Children's Power and Independence in Family Nurturing Programs, children make Power Vests, and parents make Power Hats - visual reminders about using "Personal Power".  Family members learn that Personal Power is not about how strong we are. It is about how able we are to use everything we know, everything we feel, and everything we have to meet our needs in positive ways.  Read more...
12/1/2017
On a typical Tuesday, parents are engaged in Carianza con Cariño, our Nurturing Program in Spanish in Allston-Brighton. Children and parents are playing, reading, and singing together in Playgroups in three neighborhoods. A Welcome Baby Visitor brings a gift bag to a mom living in a Dorchester shelter with her newborn. A little girl and her grandmother anticipate the arrival of their Parent-Child Home Program Visitor. Dads attend an evening Nurturing Fathers' Program Playshop with their children. Read more...

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