One Hundred and Nine Years of Moxie

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As many may know, this is my last year to write to you while serving at the helm of The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF). To write to you summarizing and reflecting on our community’s successful and ambitious collaboration. To write to you reminding you of the work yet to be done, and […]

The National Center of Children and Families Honored at 2023 Moxie Awards


The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) received the prestigious 2023 Moxie Award for a Nonprofit, placing NCCF among an elite group of leading organizations. The Moxie Award recognizes organizations for demonstrating boldness and innovation as an integral part of their growth strategy. Earning the award involved a rigorous application and judging process for […]

Childhood Reflections on Death, War, and Uncertainty


Fourteen faces, as diverse as the colors of a rainbow overarching a water-logged earth, all peered back during this virtual meeting as this team came together. The mission: to clinically debrief and to discover the best approach to supporting a 13-year-old girl whose father was violently murdered over the weekend. The Child Welfare system removed […]

Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman Appointed to Board of Trustees for Montgomery College (MC)

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Maryland Governor, Wes Moore, has appointed Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman, Executive Director of The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees at Montgomery College (MC). The Board of Trustees of Montgomery College is the institution’s legal governing body and is comprised of ten community individuals who […]

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 […]

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 […]

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NCCF's Back to School Drive 2022