Children

Dorchester Place Preschool

Phone: 

(617) 282-5034

Website: 

N/A

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Mission: 

N/A

Location

Dorchester Place Preschool
18 Samoset Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

The day care is licensed for a capacity of 70 children. The weekly fee for day care is $162.50 per child. Vouchers are available through the Department of Transitional Assistance and referrals are made through the Department of Social Services. Subsidies slots are also available through Community Partnership. For more information, contact us at (617) 282-5034.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

St. Mary's Center for Woman and Children

Phone: 

(617) 436-8600

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Afternoon/Morning

Mission: 

St. Mary's Women and Children's Center is a diverse community of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of all women, children, and families who struggle against a variety of life altering traumatic events. Through a culturally competent, strengths-based practice, we strive to treat all individuals with respect. In order to promote diversity and cultural competency, St. Mary's is committed to undertaking strategies and actions that embrace and value differences and similarities among employees, families, and the community. We recognize diversity and empowerment as powerful forces for change, innovation, and opportunity. We are committed to creating hope, increasing awareness, and promoting the ability to discover one's own voice and to act. Caritas Christi is a regional health system of compassionate caregivers that embodies the spirit of Christ's healing ministry and demonstrates excellence in service, research and education.

Location

90 Cushing Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
11/29/2011

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship

Phone: 

(617) 373-7881

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday - Friday 9-5

Mission: 

Since 2000, Northeastern University has hosted the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program. Originally created through a partnership with America’s Promise and the Corporation for National and Community Service, Fellowship members are committed and talented individuals dedicated to building a better future for children and youth. A Program Director and Director of Training and Evaluation located in the Center of Community Service coordinate the activities of 30 full-time Massachusetts Promise Fellows serving in communities across the Commonwealth. OUR SERVICE As a group, Fellows work toward five specific Performance Measures. These are well-defined objectives developed in partnership with our host-sites and funders. All Fellow projects align with one (or more) of the following Performance Measures (summarized): 1) Youth Leadership Development - Fellows will work closely with and support emerging youth leaders as the young people develop and implement a variety of activities, programs, and projects that benefit their community. 2) Mentoring - Fellows will develop new mentoring programs and expand upon current mentoring programs in an effort to establish and support new mentor/mentee matches. 3) After-School Enrichment - Fellows will develop and lead out of school enrichment activities (i.e., adventure programming, service-learning projects, tutoring, athletics) for young people. 4) Youth Outreach and Education - Fellows will coordinate and lead education and outreach efforts (i.e., newsletters, websites, seminars, summits, workshops, dances) to inform and educate young people on a variety of issues and topics (i.e., sex education, health care access, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, diversity awareness, conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS, legal rights, mental health). 5) Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination– All Fellows will actively recruit, train, and manage volunteers that will serve to support their project and the mission of their host organization.

Location

Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
360 Huntington Avenue 212 Columbus Place
Boston, MA 02115
United States
Key Partners: 

The Massachusetts Service Alliance generates an ethic of service throughout the Commonwealth by creating and supporting diverse, high quality service and volunteer opportunities for all age groups, resulting in stronger communities and more active citizens. America’s Promise, founded by Gen. Colin Powell, mobilizes people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of our nation's youth by fulfilling Five Promises: 1) Caring adults in their lives, as parents, mentors, tutors, coaches 2) Safe places with structured activities during non-school hours 3) Healthy start and future 4) Marketable skills through effective education 5) Opportunities to give back through community service The Corporation for National and Community Service works with governor-appointed state commissions, non-profits, faith-based groups, schools, and other civic organizations to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities. Their AmeriCorps program, the domestic Peace Corps, engages more than 50,000 Americans in intensive, results-driven service each year.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Apply for fellowship positions through www.masspromisefellows.org or call 617 373 7881 for more information.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

DOTtots: A Weekly Neighborhood Playgroup

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

DOTtots Playgroup
C/O C. Gillis
14 Hinckley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

Phone: 

(617) 436-8227

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Thursday mornings 9:30-11:30 AM

Mission: 

Parents and caregivers of children under 5 are invited and encouraged to attend this weekly neighborhood playgroup. It is a great opportunity to connect with other local parents and give your child(ren) an opportunity to socialize with other youngsters. Come for support, conversation, even snacks! We have toys and equipment for children from birth to preschool and everyone is welcome.

Location

Dunn Hall at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish
800 Columbia Road
Dorchester 02125
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Just come on in and play

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

WIC Program, Dorchester South

Phone: 

617-825-0805 (Fields Corner); 617-825-3822 (Codman Square); 617-265-4380 (Neponset);

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Codman Square Health Center

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Codman Square Health Center

450 Washington Street

Dorchester, MA 02124

Phone: (617) 825-3822

Fax: (617) 436-4093

Dorchester House-Fields Corner

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday
9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 7:00 PM

9:00 AM — 5:00 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Dorchester House Multi–Service Center

1353 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: (617) 825-0805

Fax: (617) 825-1109

Neponset Health Center

Wednesday

Thursday

Saturday
8:30 AM — 7:00 PM

8:30 AM — 12:30 PM

9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Neponset Health Center

398 Neponset Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02122

Phone: (617) 265-4380

Fax: (617)825-1109
Mission: 

The WIC Program improves the health status of families by providing nutrition and health education, nutritious foods and referrals to other health and human services. WIC achieves this by collaborating with community, healthcare,retail food stores, state and federal patners.

You can download a WIC program brochure here.

Location

Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Massachustts WIC Program

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call for an appointment and apply.

Key Programs Offered: 

WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under age 5 healthy. To do this, WIC provides:

  • Personalized nutrition consultations
  • Checks to buy free, healthy food
  • Tips for eating well to improve health
  • Referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family 

But that’s not all! WIC also offers breastfeeding classes, one-on-one breastfeeding support, as well as immunization screening and referrals. wiC also provides parents with opportunities to talk with other parents about nutrition and other health topics that are important to their families.

Breastfeeding Warmline: Please call us at (617) 533-2243 with your breastfeeding questions or concerns. A breastfeeding peer counselor will contact you within 24 hours.

Free Drop-In Mom's Group: The Mom group offers information and education about parenting and nutrition, breastfeeding support and the chance to connect with other moms. Every Friday 11:00 AM-12:30 PM at the WIC room, the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, 1353 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA. For more information please call the WIC office at (617) 825-0805.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
05/06/2011

College Bound Dorchester

Phone: 

(617) 282-5034

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Mission: 
To equip Dorchester students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college, using education as a means to transform the neighborhoods of Dorchester.
 
At College Bound Dorchester, formerly FDNH, we believe in the transformative power of education. Every day we have the privilege of working with students from ages 3 months to 70 years. Our teachers, mentors, peer leaders and staff provide the supports these students need to realize their future goals. We take this responsibility seriously and know that, if we are successful, we have the power to change not only individual lives but also the entire Dorchester community.

We are creating an organization that will provide all of our students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college and succeed in life. We know there are challenges ahead and obstacles in our way. However we also know that as we work harder and focus on high expectations and data driven assessment, the paths of opportunity will open for all.

Location

18 Samoset Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Visit collegebounddorchester.org

Key Programs Offered: 

Bartholomew Family Child Care The Little House Log School Ruth Darling Child Care Center

Provide ABE/ESOL and Child Care: 9am to 2pm.

Computer Skills classes for enrolled students.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Also (or Previously) Known As...: 

Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses, Inc. (FDNH)

Created: 
11/29/2011

On November 4th 2009, College Bound Dorchester received the Coming Up Taller Award for its Art a la Carte program at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. At the ceremony, Mrs. Obama commended Art a la Carte and all of the award winners by stating, "Ultimately, each of your programs is using achievement in the arts as a bridge to achievement in life." She continued, "You ask our young people to dream, and you give them the tools to fulfill those dreams. You affirm that their contributions are valuable, and their success matters to all of us. You help them see beyond the circumstances of their lives to the world of possibility that awaits them. And for that, we honor you."

Child Witness to Violence Project

Phone: 

(617) 414-7425

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am-5pm

Mission: 

The Child Witness to Violence Project is a counseling and support program for young children ages 0 to 8 and their families who have been affected by violence and other trauma. Goals of the project include: 1) To identify young children who witness acts of significant violence. 2) To help young children heal from the trauma of witnessing violence by providing developmentally appropriate counseling for them and for their families. 3) To provide consultation and training to the network of caregivers in the lives of young children in order that they may more effectively help children who are exposed to violence.

Location

Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
88 East Newton Street Vose Hall
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
10/19/2010

Child Care Project

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

Phone: 

(617) 825-6554 / Fax (617) 825-7862

Email: 

info@child1st.org

Website: 

http://child1st.org/

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9am-5pm

Mission: 

Provide innovative, practical, and innovative programs in a quality nurturing environment with an emphasis on promoting positive learning, social experiences, and most important, quality care for children (in a home setting).

Location

42 Charles St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

EEC, Department of Education Nutrition Program

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Key Programs Offered: 

Community Meeting Space Available: 

Yes

VIP Child Care Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 825-1880

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 7:30am-5:30pm

Mission: 

To provide quality child care to residents of the greater Boston area.

Location

VIP Child Care Inc.
103 Clayton St
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Dorchester CARES Coalition for Families & Children, Inc.

Phone: 

(617) 474-1256

Fax: 

617-474-1261

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

M-F: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mission: 

The mission of Dorchester CARES is to coordinate, develop and institutionalize comprehensive, community-based programs which will support families and prevent child abuse and neglect in target neighborhoods.

Location

200 Bowdoin Street
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
Key Partners: 

Department of Social Services, Department of Youth Services, as well as the 20+ Coalition member organizations serving families in Dorchester. Dorchester CARES and Family Nurturing Center of MA partner for the Dorchester CARES Family Resource Center, viewable on our guide here.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Contact our Family Support Advocate, Remetrious Pena-Rogers at 617-474-1256 x231 for volunteer opportunities. Contact Lyndsey Firneno, Executive Director, to get involved in program development and planning and membership opportunities on the Board of Directors.

Key Programs Offered: 

See http://www.dcares.org/services/ for complete listing.

Dorchester Family Connections: Dorchester Family Connections seeks to enhance family functioning; promote positive parent-child interactions, healthy childhood growth and development, and healthy birth outcomes; prevent child abuse and neglect; encourage maximum parental educational attainment and economic self sufficiency; and reduce repeat teen pregnancies.

Family Nurturing Program: The Family Nurturing Programs use an interactive focus to help family members recognize and communicate the needs of self and others, handle stress and anger, enjoy warm interactions with other families and volunteers. These 15 sessions engage both children and families in mutual learning and understanding. The program meets once a week for 2,5 hours for 15 weeks. The program provides food and transportation and is free of charge.

Patch: In any given neighborhood, there are many people, groups, and agencies that have resources to help families in crisis. Patch works with a variety of families in a strength-based way to determine what the stresses in the family are and help the family decide how to address those stresses. The Patch Team works directly with families and is made up of the expertise and talent of: neighborhood residents and parents, Dorchester CARES staff and community agency partners, and Family Caseworkers and managers from the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Youth Services (DYS).

 

Contact: Brenda Mottram, Patch Supervisor
Department of Children and Families
617-822-4739 (Park St area office)
617-740-8744 ex 242 (Patch)
brenda.mottram@state.ma.us

Family Cooperative Program: The Family coop strengthens families by connecting them to their neighbors and to their community's resources. It is a place where families can get to know their neighbors and access needed resources. The program provides advocacy, information and referrals, Family Nurturing Program, drop in childcare, basic needs, food pantry, clothing exchange, support groups, Play groups and Welcome Baby. Contact person: Noemia Monteiro, Program Coordinator (e-mail: nmonteiro@dCARES.org)

Welcome Baby! Began in July of 1997 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a community rich with cultural diversity and supportive of the economic challenges that families face every day, as a collaborative effort between Dorchester CARES, Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts, Inc. and Connecting the Dots for Boston Tots. When a baby is born, a basket filled with gifts is lovingly assembled and delivered to the family by a specially trained neighborhood visitor. This friendly one-time visit offers not only a beautiful gift from the community but information about community resources and services that families may need.

Parent Leadership Development: Dorchester CARES Parent Leader Internships are open to parents in the community who have been active in CARES programming and have demonstrated leadership potential. The program is designed to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for parents to learn develop skills. These skills include the basics of reading, writing and computer skills. Interns also gain experience in human services by working as advocates for families. Interns participate on the Patch team, Welcome Baby visits and Prevention team trainings, team building and family support conferencing meetings; convene and facilitate monthly Parent Advisory Board meetings; complete a twelve-hour "Parent as Leaders" training; and recruit then go participants for the next course. Internships range in duration from six to eighteen months according to need. Upon completion of internship, efforts are made to link parents to potential jobs in human services. For more information: Contact Janet Connors, Training Coordinator at Dorchester CARES at 617-474-1256 X271.

Community Meeting Space Available: 

No

Created: 
01/28/2011
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