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.

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 […]

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 […]

Meet NCCF Volunteer Pamela Mintz

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A seamstress by trade, Pam began working with us at our Greentree Family Shelter in 2016. Since that time and always accompanied by her trusty sewing machine, Pam has logged hundreds of volunteer hours with us.  “Miss Pam,” as she is called by NCCF clients and staff, is one of our most consistent volunteers. Faithfully […]

Help a Student. Donate a Backpack.

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NCCF's Back to School Drive 2022