The Journey of a Nurtury Community
As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, even a remarkable child like Ineda. The center that she attended as a child has evolved from basement-level classrooms on 962 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain to a state-of-the-art facility called the Learning Lab in 2014.
Shawanda recalls living at 950 Parker Street: “Literally across the street, what better place to raise your child than within their own community.”
The Journey of a Nurtury Family
“Every parent’s dream for their child is to be able to provide them with not only the best schooling but also a loving and encouraging environment – that’s Nurtury. You want that kind of love to surround your child, to help make them the best little person that they can be.”
– Shawanda, mother of Ineda, a Nurtury alum.
Last week, 'The Journey of a Nurtury Child' captured the story of Ineda, a precocious child who came to Nurtury with an excitement for learning. She thrived in a nurturing environment with proactive teachers. This week, we will learn about Ineda’s mother, Shawanda.
The Journey of a Nurtury Child
Ineda is one of thousands of children who grew up in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments, formerly Bromley Heath Public Housing Development, in Jamaica Plain. Her teachers remember her as a precocious child with a love for learning and an enthusiasm for trying new things. Ineda had one other sibling and lived in a single-family household where her mother Shawanda worked tirelessly to ensure the very best for her children.
Parents Lead Community Engagement Project
Parent Partners David Paige, Romelia Webb, and Laurie Proulx led an impressive family engagement program in Jamaica Plain this year called "Livin' It Up in JP" under the guidance of Lauren Morse, the Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator for the Jamaica Plain Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant. The program provided free activities, events, transportation, healthy food, raffle prizes and more for low-income families in Jamaica Plain to come together and spend time with their families, as well as connect them with family support services, child development knowledge, and school readiness resources.