Awardees Announced for NCCF’s Freedom to Express: The HeART of Community

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On Saturday, September 7, 2024, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) will celebrate four exemplary honorees that champion the universal importance of artistic expression in the health and healing of the most vulnerable among us. Co-Hosted by Doug Kammerer (Chief Meteorologist, NBC4) and […]

Check Out This Line Up! CONNECTED! The HeART of Community

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On Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 6:00 PM, at Bethesda Blues & Jazz, the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) will present CONNECTED! The HeART of Community, an evening of youth art and artistry, to celebrate the deep connection between art, human experience, and the healing power of self-expression. After a welcome reception lead […]

Video: Vernon Davis and a Day with NCCF Youth


Recently signed Washington Redskin Vernon Davis spent a day with youth from The National Center for Children and Families. From African Art exhibits, to hot yoga, to painting outside, NCCF youth had the day of a lifetime, and we would like to extend our thanks to Vernon for brightening their day, and perhaps their future.

A Night to Remember

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Last Friday night was a magical night. The magic began in the mid afternoon on the Downtown Silver Spring Veteran’s Plaza, after a long and torrid series of rain showers. Right under the pavilion, nearly eighty young performers sang and danced, defying the rainy weather and celebrating their bodies, their voices, their sheer love of […]

Can You Imagine?

Last Friday marked NCCF’s 10th Annual Art & Soul Charity Auction and its 2nd Annual Youth Arts Fair, both scheduled at the Silver Spring Civic Building and Veterans Plaza. Friday also marked 9 tornados kissing Maryland in various locales, while the skies alternatively open and closed, erratically dumping torrential floods of water on the thirsty earth. […]

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NCCF's Back to School Drive 2022