Dorchester CARES

Fathers Family Fun Day | June 9

Please join Dorchester CARES on Saturday, June 9th  2012 in Harambee Park to celebrate Fatherhood at the 3rd Annual FATHERS FAMILY FUN DAY. DETAILS:

-10:30AM SHARP - meet at 200 Bowdoin St. for registration and a Dorchester CARES Rally!  (Morning refreshments provided)

-PARADE to Harambee Park (15 Talbot Ave.) for the Family Fun Day: 12 noon - 4pm!!!

Entertainment for the whole family: BBQ, Music, Face painting, Sack races, etc! White Ribbon Pledge: Men Pledging to end violence against Women*. To RSVP please call: Karla Walker, PATCH Community Coordinator @617-474-1143 x223 >> Read More

Dorchester CARES Coalition Community Meeting, May 16

Families: learn about what Dorchester has to offer you. The Dorchester CARES Coalition will hold a community meeting on Monday, May 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Family Resource Center. Dorchester residents are invited to come and learn where to access resources for their family. Community providers will describe programs and services. Families will also be invited to join the Coalition, giving them the chance to have their voice heard in Dorchester and make a difference. Dinner and childcare will be provided. For more information, please contact Alice Gomes at 617-265-8900 ext. 230 or >> Read More

PATCH Community Meeting, Apr. 7

PATCH will hold its next community meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2011, from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. at the Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, 35 Westville Street, inside the John Marshall Elementary School. This is a great time for community providers to resource share with fellow providers, DCF/DYS workers, and community members. Featured among this month’s presentations is "The Family Resource Center 101": listen to a presentation on how the community can utilize the Center for public good.

Hot breakfast will be served! If possible, please RSVP by calling (617) 474-1143 or emailing Ashley Armstrong, Family Resource Specialist at




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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