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.
"Life doesn't prepare you to be a parent": the Sandovals & FNC
Ariel Sandoval is from Guatemala and his wife, Alba, from Honduras. Alba first encountered Family Nurturing Center with a Welcome Baby visit. Since then, the Sandovals have participated in Parent-Child Playgroups, graduated from a Nurturing Program, and benefited enormously from the Parent-Child Home Program. “Our son is bright, but has difficulty concentrating,” says Ariel. “He loved the Parent-Child Home Program visits and always settled down when the woman came to teach reading. Now at five, he is much more settled and always wants me to read to him—the program gets you reading as a routine.”
“These programs are very important for people like us,” says Ariel. “You know there is someone out there trying to make a better future for you and your kids. I didn’t know how important it is to read and play with your kid. I just thought they learn in school. This taught me that schooling should start at home, when they are young. Life doesn’t prepare you to be a parent and raising kids is not easy. I know that by reading to them, I’m helping them now and in the future.”