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 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.

Invisible and Homeless

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Over the century that The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF)has been in existence, we have held true to our core value of empowering the community to support the needs of poor and struggling children, youth and families through a comprehensive array of services which ensure a “more equitable and inclusive Montgomery County.” Our […]

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. […]

The Neediest Kids: A Spotlight on Alexandria City Public Schools

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Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) has been a proud partner of the Neediest Kids, a program of The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), for more than 15 years. Thanks to the Neediest Kids’ continued support, ACPS is able to assist students who lack many of the basic necessities such […]

The Neediest Kids: A Spotlight on Frederick County Public Schools

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Frederick County Public Schools is located in Frederick, Maryland. We have been a proud partner with Bridge to Success / Neediest Kids program since February of 2011. Since that time, we have been able to assist hundreds of our students annually with clothing, shoes, groceries, eye exams and glasses. FCPS enrolled 41,413 students for the […]

Local Elementary School Holds Toiletry Drive to Benefit Camp Mariposa

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD knew that spring break was quickly approaching, and many of their classmates would stay in hotels over vacation. This year, they were determined that the small toiletry bottles often provided by hotels and ignored by guests would help students their own age […]

Santa and Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department Deliver Gifts to Greentree Shelter

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The fire truck’s siren was blaring, as were the sirens on several other fire vehicles, as they entered the NCCF grounds headed toward the Greentree Shelter on Christmas Eve. What was the emergency?  Nothing serious — just Santa Claus perched atop the Cabin John Volunteer Department Engine coming with his elves (other members of the […]

Help a Student. Donate a Backpack.

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NCCF's Back to School Drive 2022