Author: Family Nurturing Center

Housing—Building Healthy Foundations for Young Children

by Family Nurturing Center

Associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health Dr. Megan T. Sandel directs the Grow Clinic for Children where kids with “failure to thrive” (those more than an inch off the growth curve) receive care. Here, she shares her story of the impact of housing on children’s health.



In the News: Mother of Two Struggling After Moving to Medford

Written by Sarah Lemon for the Mail Tribune. Mother of 14-year-old and 14-month-old daughters, this woman struggles financially since relocating from Curry County to Medford. Clothing, a few gifts and funds for fuel would energize her efforts to hold her family together. A graduate of OnTrack’s HOME Program, the 42-year-old woman also has completed Family…



Unwinding Toxic Stress

Imagine you’re a teacher in an elementary school classroom. You went into teaching to help kids learn, grow, and thrive, but lately you’ve been thinking about leaving the profession because you feel frustrated and overwhelmed by the high-need students who lack focus, need constant reminding about daily activities, fidget endlessly, can’t stay in their seats,…



Family Nurturing Center: A Partner in Child Abuse Prevention

  • Posted on October 17, 2019

  • News

From Children First for Oregon… We are proud to partner with the Family Nurturing Center (FNC) in Child Abuse Prevention in the Rogue Valley. Family Nurturing Center is one of 30 Relief Nurseries throughout the state, all supporting the unique needs of diverse communities, providing high-risk families with the intensive support they need for their children…



It’s Nature AND Nurture: Epigenetics

  • Posted on October 8, 2019

  • Blog

Turns out, we’ve been asking the wrong question to find out what influences who we become. It’s not nature or nurture; it’s nature and nurture. According to Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child: During development, the DNA that makes up our genes accumulates chemical marks that determine how much or little of the genes…



Transforming Trauma – ACES

Trauma is not an event, but rather the emotional stress that goes with it. Even though everyone copes with trauma differently, it’s pretty common for traumatized people to feel anxious, develop low self-esteem, and have difficulty forming healthy relationships. In the mid-1990s, a huge study showed that childhood trauma has long-term health effects decades after…

In the News: No Wrong Door

Photo Caption: Bethany Pitts, after-school director for the Rogue Valley Family YMCA, shows kids how to make bouncy balls at Hedrick Middle School in July. The YMCA is one of several partner agencies in the Rogue Challenge that aims to connect clients with a more holistic range of services. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Written…



2018-2019 FNC Immunizations Rates

The Family Nurturing Center in Medford: The Family Nurturing Center in Phoenix: The Family Nurturing Center in Grants Pass (Josephine County): Immunizations Rates in Jackson County for Preschool age children:

In the News: Farm and Food Program Nurtures Family Gardening

Photo Caption: Shoppers browse the selection of plants at last year’s Heritage Plant Sale at Hanley Farm. Photo courtesy of Southern Oregon Historical Society. Written by Rhonda Nowak for the Mail Tribune. Spring is here, and that means the Family Nurturing Center of Medford’s Farm and Food Program is gearing up for another season of…