Parent Leader Mirella Cruz Joins
Families First's Board of Directors
Early childhood experiences matter because...
80-90% of brain structures
are built in the first 5 years
of a child’s life.
One stable and responsive
helps children overcome adversity.
$4 to $9 in social costs
are saved for every $1 invested in early childhood programs.
“It takes a village to raise a child.
Families First is our village.”
Families First brings parents together in their own communities to build…
Families First has supported parents since 1988.
In the last decade, our expert
have worked with more than
of more than
50,000 children in Massachusetts
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Come together with other parents to learn new and fun ways to support your child’s learning and growth!
“You're not born a parent; you have to learn it. A program like this... brings some form of peace to your life with your kids.”
- Mirella, parent participant -
Achieve your organization’s family engagement goals
by partnering with Families First!
“Many parents have made deeper connections with our staff… I think this makes the parents feel more comfortable reaching out for help. The community that was built by the Power of Parenting program is going to have a lasting impact.”
- Gloria DeVine, East Boston Social Centers -
Parenting Tip of the Month
Acknowledging feelings enables children to explore and clarify their emotions and feel they have an ally in the listener. It involves discerning what children are feeling by observing them as well as listening to their words and reflecting it back to them. Acknowledging a child's feelings does not mean that we agree with their assessment of the situation or that we dismiss their behavior. All feelings are acceptable, but not all behavior. When we listen reflectively, we avoid saying,
“You don't really feel that way.”
Families First offers unique support for parents that need it most.
The positive impact on children’s learning and development will last a lifetime.
We would not have this impact without our dedicated community of donors and volunteers.