Spring Nurturing Program and Training schedules are now available.

If you are looking for a Family Nurturing Program or Nurturing Fathers' Program for yourself or for a parent you are working with, please visit our Nurturing Program Calendar for start dates and contact information.

For our full list of trainings and workshops this winter/spring (including Nurturing Program Facilitator Trainings), please see our Training Calendar.

Thank you!

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.

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.

FNC to continue program adjustments in response to Coronavirus

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.

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 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.

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

REOPENING Reopening Massachusetts

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
The Employer's Guide to Unemployment insurance
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: 

Multi-lingual Resources: Coronavirus/COVID-19

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

Massachusetts Coronavirus Resources (Children’s Trust) 

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 

Boston Basics Videos for parents (Basic1, Basic 2, etc):

Parents Helping Parents online support groups

Encantos bilingual learning

Zero to Three at Home Activity Guide

Ages and Stages Activities (2 month to 5 years): is an educational site for PreK-grade:

Scholastic launched 20 days of free online lessons for PreK9+:

Story Line - Read Aloud website 

Unite for Literacy - online readings/books in English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic

Steam Learning  

10 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus (NY Times) 

How to talk to your child about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - (UNICEF) 

Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus – (NY Times) 

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus  (NPR) 

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.

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