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

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

Breathe…

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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

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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 […]

An April Mother’s Day at the Kennedy

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It was just a normal day at The Kennedy, NCCF’s Short Term Family Housing program in D.C.’s Ward 4. The Kennedy, which serves as a temporary home for homeless DC children and their parents as they transition to stable housing, can be a busy place in the mornings with residents heading off to school, work, […]

Tracey Friedlander Understands Potential

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As a board member for The Neediest Kids (TNK), and a fierce advocate for children locally and around the world, Tracey Friedlander’s reasons for helping vulnerable children and families are personal. Raised by a single mother in Baltimore, she grew up understanding what it means for families who struggle to make ends meet, where the […]

The Christmas Bird: A Blog

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Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark – Tagor I look down and meet her eyes.  They dominate her petite face, deeply brown, and heavy.  Overburdened with a penetrating sadness.  Tears move slowly down her cheeks as if they also are held back, restrained by her intense grief. […]