In 1999, in partnership with the Park Street DCF Area Office, FNC offered the first Cape Verdean Nurturing Program - recognizing that the program in English was not fully meeting the needs of the large Cape Verdean population in Dorchester. The parents’ group is conducted in Cape Verdean Creole. The children’s groups are in English, but there are CV Creole speakers in each group. During Family Nurturing Time, everyone plays and sings in both languages.
The program has become a resource for families to better understand American culture, expectations, and laws that pertain to them and their children. There is a big focus on communication – on parents telling the story of why they immigrated and on understanding that their children may be struggling to be both American and Cape Verdean. Families spend time discussing this issue of culture – how much you hang onto and how much you let go of and still remain who you are.
The Cape Verdean Nurturing Program is offered in the Boston area in the winter/spring, usually with a February start - see the Nurturing Program and Training Calendar. For more information, please contact Sue Parker.