Nurtury Announces $255,000 in New Grants, Celebrates 140 Years of Serving Children in Boston Area

Nurtury, New England’s first early childhood care center and preschool in New England, is celebrating its 140th anniversary with the announcement of $255,000 in new grants. Funds will be disseminated to numerous Nurtury programs, including its JP location at 33 Bickford St. The grants have been awarded by The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, The Liberty Mutual Foundation, Life Science Cares, American Tower and The Family Nurturing Center and the Boston Family Engagement Network and will support the following programs:

• The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation: a $100,000 grant will support Nurtury’s flagship center – the Nurtury Learning Lab. • The Liberty Mutual Foundation: an $80,000 grant will support the Family Engagement for School Success program. • Life Science Cares: a $10,000 grant will help purchase laptops for each of Nurtury’s 18 preschool classrooms to give students access to STEM education.

Dignitaries cut the ribbon at the Nurtury Learning Lab on June 16, 2014. From left: Latoya Taromino, Bromley-Heath resident and Nurtury parent; State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, D-Jamaica Plain; Mayor Marty Walsh; Nurtury CEO Wayne Ysaguirre; City Councilor Matt O'Malley (behind Ysaguirre), JP and West Roxbury; Education Secretary Matt Malone and Bill McGonagle, administrator of Boston Housing Authority.

Joy, Resolve on Opening of Multi-million Dollar Early Ed Center

Jackson Square celebrated a milestone Monday with a ribbon-cutting on a $17 million early education center. But the joy was tempered, for at least one speaker, by the need to keep doing what it takes to lift families out of poverty and violence. About 200 residents and dignitaries marked the opening of the Nurtury Learning Lab outdoors under sunny skies. State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, D-Jamaica Plain, urged those gathered to remember the tough times poor Boston families must work through. When at full capacity, the new center will serve 175 students and their families.

Students use tablet computers on the day of the ribbon-cutting for Nurtury Learning Lab on June 16, 2014.

First Look: Inside Jackson Square’s $17 Million Early Education Center

On Monday, nearly 200 people gathered to celebrate the opening of a state-of-the art early education center that will in time serve 175 Boston children and their families. Nurtury Learning Lab, at 33 Bickford St. in Jackson Square, was many years and $17 million in the making. Check back soon with Jamaica Plain News for more details from Monday's ribbon cutting.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

$17M Learning Lab to Open at Bromley Heath on Monday

Mayor Marty Walsh is scheduled to open a 34,000-square foot "learning lab" for infants, toddlers and preschoolers at Bromley Heath on Monday. The center also supports after-school programs and adult education. The new facility is a partnership between the Boston Housing Authority and Nurtury Boston. "The Lab will become a valuable resource for the community providing high-quality early education and care, family-support services, professional development, adult education programs, health and wellness programs, community cooking and nutrition classes and more," said a press release about Monday's opening. State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, D-Jamaica Plain, is also scheduled to be among the attendees.