Currently, Family Nurturing Center is not coordinating face-to-face programs or meetings. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation and adapt accordingly.
Our staff is working from their homes to support families by telephone, Zoom, Facebook, and other social media. We are finding ways to connect regularly, distribute resources safely, and share with parents helpful curriculum content and fun, nurturing activities to do at home. Staff is also working with families to deliver Nurturing Parenting Programs virtually, whenever possible.
Please refer to our Staff Directory to reach individual staff members (email preferable at this time).
Here are some important tips from the Nurturing Program during this challenging time: keep structure and routine in your home, model patience and calm, make time to nurture yourself, maintain appropriate expectations for children of different ages, have empathy for family members' feelings and needs, and be sure to laugh and play whenever you can.
For a printable list of emergency resources: https://bit.ly/3bbhdA9
Mass.gov: Reopening Massachusetts
Department of Early Education and Care:
Multilingual resources from MIRA Coalition
3-1-1 City of Boston Non-Emergency Services Line
2-1-1 State of Massachusetts Non-Emergency Services Line
Mayor Marty Walsh's Hotline (617) 534-5050
City of Boston Updates: https://bit.ly/341QaUN
Multi-lingual Resources: Coronavirus/COVID-19: https://bit.ly/2wQUn1B
Boston Area Resources List (State Rep. Liz Miranda): https://bit.ly/3b4RUzc
Massachusetts Coronavirus Resources (Children’s Trust) https://bit.ly/2IU9MRj
Resources for Families with Young Children and Providers (Mass Association for Infant Mental Health) https://bit.ly/3aZACmM
Apply for unemployment benefits here: https://bit.ly/2JRW9ma
Step by step instructions with visuals how to apply for unemployment: https://bit.ly/3bHt7l2
Covid-19 Resource Guide for Boston's Immigrants: https://bit.ly/3axD98f
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition https://miracoalition.org/resources/covid19/
Food Resource List & Maps:
The Greater Boston Food Bank: https://bit.ly/2x9Nt7y
Massachusetts WIC Nutrition Program: https://bit.ly/3bHhbQn
Finding formula and WIC foods: https://bit.ly/2UpMwRD
Map of Meal Sites for Children and Youth (City of Boston) https://bit.ly/38X7X0t
Roxbury/Mission Hill: https://bit.ly/2Uj84hG
To apply for Snap Benefits:https://bit.ly/343Slrg
The FoodSource Hotline: 800-654-8333. Help with SNAP applications over the phone 8am-7pm, Mon-Fri and 10am-2pm on Saturdays throught the crisis.
ABCD Food Pantries: 617-348-6559
Project Bread is providing free meals: https://bit.ly/3e2tCrX
Boston Basics Videos for parents (Basic1, Basic 2, etc): https://bit.ly/2XweQE3
Parents Helping Parents online support groups https://www.parentshelpingparents.org/
Encantos bilingual learning www.encantosbrands.com/learning
Zero to Three at Home Activity Guide: https://bit.ly/2J94WzD
Ages and Stages Activities (2 month to 5 years): https://bit.ly/3bjF3ZY
Education.com is an educational site for PreK-grade: https://bit.ly/2vO2Y4K
Scholastic launched 20 days of free online lessons for PreK9+: https://bit.ly/3biF3JN
Story Line - Read Aloud website www.storylineonline.net
Unite for Literacy - online readings/books in English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic www.uniteforliteracy.com
Steam Learning Activities: shorturl.at/cLVX3
10 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus (NY Times) https://nyti.ms/2UfT4kB
How to talk to your child about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - (UNICEF) https://uni.cf/3dbmDMH
Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus – (NY Times) https://nyti.ms/39XmSZP
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR) https://n.pr/2QmBFpd
Families, Friends, Future Gala UPDATE
FNC's March 19th Families, Friends, Future gala has been postponed until the fall.
For more information, please contact Valerie Bean: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-474-1143 x224.