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 will be 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 response; BFEN Neighborhood Centers Listing and Contacts

For a printable list of emergency resources: https://bit.ly/3bbhdA9  


Mass.gov: 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 

Mass.gov: COVID-19

Attorney General's Office: guidance on private-pay child care, assistance 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: https://bit.ly/341QaUN 


Multi-lingual Resources: Coronavirus/COVID-19https://bit.ly/2wQUn1B

Boston Area Resources List (State Rep. Liz Miranda): https://bit.ly/3b4RUzc 

Massachusetts Coronavirus Resources (Children’s Trust) https://bit.ly/2IU9MRj 

Resources for Families with Young Children and Providers (Mass Association for Infant Mental Health) https://bit.ly/3aZACmM 

Apply for unemployment benefits herehttps://bit.ly/2JRW9ma

Step by step instructions with visuals how to apply for unemploymenthttps://bit.ly/3bHt7l2

Covid-19 Resource Guide for Boston's Immigrantshttps://bit.ly/3axD98f 

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition https://miracoalition.org/resources/covid19/


Food Resource List & Maps:

The Greater Boston Food Bank: https://bit.ly/2x9Nt7y 

Massachusetts WIC Nutrition Program: https://bit.ly/3bHhbQn 


Finding formula and WIC foodshttps://bit.ly/2UpMwRD

Map of Meal Sites for Children and Youth (City of Boston) https://bit.ly/38X7X0t 





Roxbury/Mission Hillhttps://bit.ly/2Uj84hG 

To apply for Snap Benefits:https://bit.ly/343Slrg 

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 mealshttps://bit.ly/3e2tCrX 


Boston Basics Videos for parents (Basic1, Basic 2, etc): https://bit.ly/2XweQE3

Parents Helping Parents online support groups  https://www.parentshelpingparents.org/


Encantos bilingual learning  www.encantosbrands.com/learning

Zero to Three at Home Activity Guidehttps://bit.ly/2J94WzD

Ages and Stages Activities (2 month to 5 years):  https://bit.ly/3bjF3ZY

Education.com is an educational site for PreK-grade: https://bit.ly/2vO2Y4K

Scholastic launched 20 days of free online lessons for PreK9+: https://bit.ly/3biF3JN

Story Line - Read Aloud website  www.storylineonline.net 

Unite for Literacy - online readings/books in English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic  www.uniteforliteracy.com

Steam Learning Activitiesshorturl.at/cLVX3  


10 Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus (NY Times) https://nyti.ms/2UfT4kB 

How to talk to your child about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - (UNICEF) https://uni.cf/3dbmDMH 

Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus – (NY Times) https://nyti.ms/39XmSZP 

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus  (NPR) https://n.pr/2QmBFpd