The Meaning of a Dollhouse

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Four-year-old Naim liked the painted cloud and sun on the roof and the words handwritten in gold inside the rooms: Explore. Dream. Discover.

The Power of Connection

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As we begin the holidays and season of celebrations, we will revisit the traditional appeals for hope, peace, love, and forgiveness. These virtues are centuries old and at their very core, are all rooted in connection. “Deep human connection is … the purpose and the result of a meaningful life – and it will inspire […]

Our Children Are Not Ours

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Your children are not your children.They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. -Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923 As the Nation approaches Memorial Day, a time of reflection begun in the 1860s to remember those who sacrificed their lives to keep our country free and safe, we all are confronted with a […]

Comfort Comes from Connecting to the Heart

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This year, all of us at the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) celebrate its century-old mission to strengthen the great connectedness of our community – connections which emerge from the heart and comfort our very being. As a society, we often emphasize romantic love because it is exciting, passionate, and natural; it aspires […]

Talk to Me


Ultimately, as parents, we must stay present for our children



The process of taking air into the lungs and then expelling it, has gained new meaning, a new normalcy of sort, within today’s volatile context.

YMCA Winter Basketball Clinic at NCCF

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Exciting news! The YMCA will once again be sponsoring their Winter Basketball Clinic right here at NCCF starting January 25th! ALL NCCF clients are eligible to participate in this program for free and community members are welcome to participate for a fee. Please download participation forms or head over to the YMCA website for more […]

Highlights from Jordan McNair Field Day at JC Nalle Elementary School


Were they hype? Absolutely! Earlier this month the students at NCCF’s community school program at JC Nalle Elementary School were treated to a fun afternoon of food and sports sponsored by University Maryland Athletics and UMD Terps Football in honor of their teammate Jordan McNair. McNair, who tragically passed away last year during practice is […]

Meet Maggie Spak: Read Aloud Volunteer

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There’s a kind of magic that takes place when you read out loud to children. There is the shared experience of being transported into the narrative, the feeling of care and respect that the act of speaking and listening transmits, and most of all the joy of discovering or rediscovering a love of books and […]

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NCCF's Back to School Drive 2022