At the heart of Family Nurturing Center’s work is the belief that parenting is learned and that parents are most successful in nurturing their children when they feel competent in their skills, connected to others, and nurtured themselves by the support of a caring community. With insight and practice, all mothers, fathers, and caregivers can recognize their strengths and become effective teachers, listeners, and sources of guidance and stability. Children raised in nurturing environments are much more likely to have positive lifelong physical, emotional, and academic outcomes.
We work with our many community partners to provide comprehensive family support from birth to adolescence. We coordinate a range of programs that include Welcome Baby newborn outreach and Parent/Child Home Program visits, Playgroups for children and their parents/caregivers together, intensive Nurturing Parenting Programs that involve the whole family, and community-based services that engage families in school readiness activities, resource referral, and advocacy.
"It helps you look at things differently." - Shirley's Story
Shirley first came to know Family Nurturing Center through a Welcome Baby visit for her youngest daughter, Melody. On the recommendation of her Visitor, Shirley enrolled with her middle daughter, Naomi, in the Parent-Child Home Program. Dedicating an hour a week to Naomi and interacting with the PCHP home visitor proved to be effective in getting her two year old daughter to focus and to listen to stories – important skills needed for school readiness.
Shirley is still actively involved with FNC and attends a weekly Parent-Child Playgroup, where she continues to build her skills and connect with other parents and caregivers. Shirley’s oldest daughter, Ariel, has transitioned into pre-school; Naomi and baby Melody enjoy play time, story time, and circle time with their mom at Playgroup. Shirley stays engaged with FNC because, “Even with my third kid, I am still learning about parenting. All my kids are different, and this is a support parents need.”
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We reach more than 3000 parents and children each year. We strengthen families by building parents’ nurturing skills and knowledge of healthy child development and by connecting families to each other, to their community, and to resources. In collaboration with partners, we provide free home visits, parent-child playgroups, intensive parenting programs, family support, and training and capacity-building.