FNC's continued response to Coronavirus

Currently, Family Nurturing Center is coordinating some face-to-face programs outdoors and in-person pickups of materials, but we have not yet begun with indoor programming. We will provide updates as things change during the summer and fall.

Our staff is working from their homes and our offices 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 and outdoors.

We are posting resource information and links below, on our main Family Nurturing Center Facebook page, and on our DorchesterAllston-Brighton, and Chelsea pages.

Please refer to our Staff Directory to reach individual staff members (email preferable).

Here are some important tips from the Nurturing Program as we slowly get back to normal: 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.

Boston Family Engagement Network links: BFEN Coronavirus responseBFEN Neighborhood Centers Listing and Contacts
For a printable list of emergency resources:

Department of Early Education and Care:
Emergency Child Care and updated health and safety protocol.
Financial support guidance, more info for small business and unemployed workers COVID-19

Attorney General's Office: guidance on private-pay child careassistance for small businesses

3-1-1 City of Boston Non-Emergency Services Line
2-1-1 State of Massachusetts Non-Emergency Services Line
Mayor Kim Janey's Hotline (617) 534-5050
City of Boston Updates: 

Multi-lingual Resources: Coronavirus/COVID-19

Boston Area Resources List (State Rep. Liz Miranda): 

Resources for Families with Young Children and Providers (Mass Association for Infant Mental Health) 

Apply for unemployment benefits here

Step by step instructions with visuals how to apply for unemployment

Covid-19 Resource Guide for Boston's Immigrants 

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Food Resource List & Maps:
The Greater Boston Food Bank:
Massachusetts WIC Nutrition Program:
Finding formula and WIC foods
Map of Meal Sites for Children and Youth (City of Boston)
Roxbury/Mission Hill 
To apply for SNAP Benefits:
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 

Parents Helping Parents online support groups

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Find your Family Support Network inside!

For a quick trip to info about programs and resources right in your community, use the following links.

Allston-Brighton Family Support Network page

Dorchester Family Support Network page

Hyde Park/Roslindale Family Support Network page

Boston Family Engagement Network page (for Networks around the city)

Chelsea Community Connections page

To learn more about Family Engagement, click HERE.

See "Ryan's Story" - a 2020 Nurturing Fathers video

Ryan graduated in June, 2020 from our only Nurturing Fathers' Program to start in person and end online.  Learn how he and his fellow dads managed Zoom classes and supported each others' growth and parenting in a pandemic.  Watch "Ryan's Story".

"Ryan's Story" was filmed and edited by John Badalament, Director of Programs for The Fatherhood Project at Massachusetts General Hospital.  John is also a speaker, author, educator, and filmmaker.

Changing Children's Chances Capital Campaign - COMPLETED!

Family Nurturing Center is thrilled to announce that our Changing Children's Chances capital campaign fundraising is completed!  Thanks to many generous individuals and foundations, we achieved our goal to create a Family and Training Center in the heart of Dorchester's Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood.  We moved in on January 23rd, 2020.

The new 12,800 square foot building will be a hub for all our family support and engagement programs in this community and around Boston. We will reach even more families to build parents' skills as nurturers and teachers and develop children's school readiness.  We invite you to visit us in our new home.

FNC's Latest Newsletters
Job Posting, September 2021 - Dorchester Family Support Network Coordinator
FNC's Annual Report - RESPONSIVE, RESILIENT, REMARKABLE (July 2019 through December 2020)

FNC's 2020 Annual Report - Read more at this link 



Main FNC Address: 
200 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 (617) 474-1143