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 […]
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 […]
Be the person you prefer to be.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]