Newton Community Service Center

Mission & Agency Overview

Newton Community Service Center

Our core belief is that the strongest way to assure healthy child development is to ensure the quality of relationships each child has in the critical early years with parents, caregivers and nurturing adults.

NCSC strengthens families and the community in Newton, Waltham, and surrounding areas by providing programs that support healthy child development, enable parents to balance work and family life, promote effective parenting, and encourage volunteerism. The agency actively engages a racially, economically, and culturally diverse population. Young children need to grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually, so that when they start school, they succeed. Unstable family situations, exacerbated by domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, poverty, and homelessness may greatly impact parenting and healthy child development. Recent research has demonstrated that young children develop within the context of stable and nurturing relationships. Healthy child development and the concurrent brain development that occurs during the first three years of life are essential for school readiness and future success. The parent-child relationship is crucial for healthy child development. Parents need assistance regarding 1) how to support their children’s emotional, social, and intellectual development, and 2) how to advocate for their children in school—all while meeting their children’s physical needs, earning a living, and maintaining the home.

More:www.NCSCweb.org

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