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. 

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.

"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.”

Support our Programs

Family Nurturing Center reaches nearly 3,000 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!

Support FNC this spring by joining us on March 19th, 2020 for our Families, Friends, Future Gala at the JFK Library and Museum.  




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2/5/2020 — Families, Friends, Future Gala   Join us on Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at the JFK Library for an evening of dinner, celebration, and inspiration, as we raise funds to support FNC's mission. For more information, please visit our event website, or contact Valerie Bean: vbean... Read more...
12/17/2019 — 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... Read more...