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 by the support of a caring community. 

We work with community partners to strengthen families through Welcome Baby and Parent-Child Home Program visits, Playgroups for children and their parents/caregivers together, Nurturing Parenting Programs that involve the whole family, and community-based services that engage families in school readiness activities, parenting education, and resource referral. 

PARENTS: To connect with an FNC staff member about programs for you and your family, click here

PROVIDERS: To refer a family to FNC programs, click here.

Families, Friends, Future Virtual Gala

Family Nurturing Center hosted our fall fundraising event virtually on October 30th, 2020.

Visit our event page to view an encore presentation of the gala.  Consider a donation to Fund a Need and support FNC families and programs.  Thank you for your interest and support! 

Questions?  Please contact Valerie Bean at vbean@familynurturing.org or 617-474-1143 x224. Thank you!

FNC's Response to the Coronavirus

Until further notice, Family Nurturing Center will be conducting programs and meetings virtually with families and community partners.

Family Nurturing Center’s mission is about promoting nurturing parenting, building children’s school readiness, and increasing social connections.  Today we find ourselves and our partners supporting social distance as the best way to ensure the healthy development of everyone.  This is a serious challenge to our community, as the very institutions developed to support families are needing to close or seriously reduce their services.

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 HERE and on our main Family Nurturing Center Facebook page. Please refer to our Staff Directory to reach individual staff members (email preferable at this time). 

Support our Programs

Family Nurturing Center reaches over 3,500 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.  Make a gift today toward building nurturing families and communities!  




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9/15/2020 — 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... Read more...
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