Family Nurturing Center

The Great Pumpkins Event | October 25

Friday October 25, bring your family down to 85 Olney Street (Holland Elementary School) between the hours of 5pm-7pm to decorate pumpkins, eat delicious pizza, have refreshments and get gift bags.        

In order to participate in this event you must call 617-265-8900 by October 22 to register. For more information please visit

Back to School BBQ | August 24

PATCH is hosting a Back to School BBQ at the Family Nurturing Center of Mass (200 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester MA). Backpacks will be given to children who are registered. The BBQ will go from 12pm to 3pm on August 24. To register or for more info, call 617-474-1143 ext. 223.



Patch Family Brunch | August 23

PATCH is hosting a family brunch at the Family Nurturing Center of Mass (200 Bowdoin Street, Dorchester MA). Don't miss out on this event, which will include networking with others in the community, sharing food and recipes, playing bingo and even winning prizes! This brunch allows families to connect with each other and build relationships in the community. The brunch will go from 11am to 1pm on August 23. For more info, call 617-474-1143 ext. 223.

"Celebrating Mothers Event" | May 18


In cooperative community spirit, Patch, Family Nurturing Center, and our Dorchester community partners invite the Mothers who participate in your programs to join us for this community celebration of motherhood!

FRIDAY, MAY 18th, 2012
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
1st Parish Church
Meetinghouse Hill
10 Parish Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

*Registration is required for this event. 

A buffet style dinner and childcare will be provided, as well as a parting gift for each mom and other raffles.

For more information, please contact:
Karla Walker, Patch Coordinator for Family Nurturing Center
617-474-1143 x223 or email @

Nurturing Smart Prenatal Moms, Begins May 27

Are you pregnant? Learn about stages of pregnancy, infant massage, nurturing yourself and much more! Come and meet other pregnant moms at Smart from the Start, Franklin Field BHA, 70 Ames Street, Dorchester, beginning Friday, May 27, 2011. This 9-session program will run weekly on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn more about taking care of baby and you! Continental breakfast and child care provided.

For more info, please call Rachelle Eddins, 617-858-4687. The group will host a Baby Shower for all participants at our "graduation." You may also contact Sandy Sachs, Family Nurturing Center of MA, 617-474-1143 x 227.

Parent-Infant Playgroup begins Mar. 16

Photo by Rob of need friends too! The Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts invites Dorchester families to attend a Parent-Infant Playgroup. The group is free and open to all resident families with infants birth - 12 months of age. Playgroup meets on Wednesdays March 16 to May 4, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, John Marshal Elementary School, 35 Westville Street, Dorchester, MA 02124. For more information, contact Noemia at 617-474-1143 ext. 252 or email

Organized by the Dorchester Welcome Baby Program of the Family Nurturing Center.

Family Nurturing Center


(617) 474-1143


(617) 474-1261

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.


The FNC works with others to build nurturing communities where children are cherished, families are supported, and healthy human development is promoted by all.

Nurturing Programs bring parents and children together to learn, have fun, and build supportive relationships with other community families. These programs strengthen family relationships, improve parenting skills, and build a sense of community that makes it easier for families to withstand the stress of raising children. We work with housing communities, health centers, schools, community based organizations, child care programs, senior programs, volunteer groups, faith-based organizations, private and public institutions and others to achieve our mission.


Family Nurturing Center
200 Bowdoin St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact the Family Nurturing Center, or check the get involved page.

Key Programs Offered: 

Nurturing Programs: validated, internationally recognized curricula that promote nurturing relationships among all family members while building community connections to support positive parenting. Offered in various forms for parents and children, fathers, teen parents, foster families, and the Cape Verdean community.

Training Programs: Trainings and workshops vary in length and are customized for each particular audience. FNC provides training in English, Spanish, and Cape Verdean Creole and will train at your site, ours, or another convenient location. FNC provides customized training programs and consultation in the following areas: Nurturing Program Development Trainings (including cultural adaptations) Family and Parenting Support (including fathers) Team Building Community and Program Development Early Childhood Development (including Infant Massage) Parent Leadership

Circles of Caring: FNC convenes groups of parents, child care providers, health care workers, and others to develop a shared vision for supporting families in their neighborhood. Then we work together to make that vision a reality.

Welcome Baby celebrates the birth of a baby, providing the family of the newborn with a beautiful basket full of gifts as well as valuable parenting information, safety items for the home, books to promote early literacy, and a community resource directory to link them to a variety of community supports. The program supports new parents at a critical time in their family's development, increasing their knowledge about what to expect and where to go for help, and links them to needed neighborhood resources.

Community Meeting Space Available: 


Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Family Resource Center, Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, Family Nurturing Center

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