Photo credit: Mim Adkins
On Thursday, October 2, 2014, we held the First Annual Night for Nurtury at our brand-new Learning Lab in Bromley-Heath Public Housing Development. Event tickets sold out and the event raised over $207,000 for Nurtury’s programs.
We honored two individuals, Lou Casagrande and Jonathan Lonske, who have supported Nurtury in a big way. The Natural Play Area was dedicated to Lou in a pre-event ceremony.
We also showcased the #handstand4hope video by our friends at Hill Holliday. If you haven’t seen the video yet, visit the webpage they built for us. If you’re so inspired, please do a handstand. Snap a pic. Flip it. Upload using the hashtag #handstand4hope. Let’s help turn these kids’ worlds right-side up – together.
Night for Nurtury Gala
COME SEE WHAT WE SEE: Nurtury is proud to announce our First Annual Night for Nurtury gala event will be held on Thursday, October 2nd! Join us for a fun night of flavorful bites, sips, and tunes to celebrate all of Nurtury’s programs at our brand-new, flagship location. See the event page for more information about the event and how you can purchase tickets.
Nurtury CEO discusses Learning Lab with WBUR
Nurtury's President and CEO, Wayne Ysaguirre, recently sat down with WBUR's Learning Lab blog to disuss our own new Learning Lab and the organization's refreshed philosophy around our child-family-community approach. The blog post features 3 great videos of Wayne -- check it out!
“Kids come with families, and families depend on communities,” Nurtury President and CEO Wayne Ysaguirre said in an interview at the new facility. “Unless we focus on all three at the same time, and find the interrelationship between the three, then our strength in any one of those silos is insufficient to serving those families.”
Governor Patrick Holds Press Conference at Nurtury
Left to right: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Nurtury President and CEO Wayne Ysaguirre, Massachusetts Budget and Policy President Noah Berger, and Governor Deval Patrick.
On July 22, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick held a press conference at the Nurtury Learning Lab to announce the results of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT data project with Massachusetts Budget and Policy. A tour of the Learning Lab with the Governor took place before the press conference.
The KIDS COUNT report ranks Massachusetts as #1 in the nation for overall child well-being, but systemic inequalities still exist.
“This report bears witness to the exciting strides our state has made in recent years in support of our young children. But when over half of our fourth graders are reading below proficiency, our work is far from done,” says Wayne Ysaguirre, Nurtury President and CEO. “Expanding access to high-quality early education is one way to ensure all children in the Commonwealth have the chance to succeed."
- We posted photos from the morning onto our facebook page.
- The governor’s office posted a YouTube video of his speech.
- The importance of the Nurtury Learning Lab was mentioned briefly in an article about the report in the Globe Metro section.
You can find the full data report here.
Nurtury Learning Lab Ribbon-Cutting
Left to right: Mayor Marty Walsh, Nurtury CEO Wayne Ysaguirre, Boston Housing Authority Administrator Bill McGonagle, and Secretary of Education Matt Malone.
On a beautiful, sunny morning on June 16, the Nurtury Learning Lab officially opened with a stellar ribbon-cutting event. We were joined by Mayor Marty Walsh, Bill McGonagle of BHA, MA Secretary of Education Matt Malone, Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, and two Bromley-Heath residents: NaShira Pulley and Latoya Taromino. There was also a great performance by a classroom of our children, who sang “You are my sunshine.”
“All children should have access to the best learning and school readiness opportunities we can provide,” said Mayor Walsh. “The Nurtury Learning Lab at Bromley-Heath is a great example of a service that will greatly impact children’s lives and start them on a path for success.”
Thank you to all who joined us on this exciting day!