The South Boston Neighborhood House was founded in 1901 as part of the settlement house movement to support family and neighborhood life in South Boston. We continue to keep this tradition alive in serving the needs of the South Boston neighborhood.
We provide many services to residents of all ages and backgrounds in ways that strengthen the community. Our services include Early Education and Care Preschool, School Age, Education and Career Development Programs, Senior Programs and Family Engagement.
Five program areas focus on supporting individuals and building a healthy community. The program are guided by the following:
- To positively impact the lives of South Bostonians
- To reach out and meet the needs of families experiencing social and economic stress; to be a safety net for our community’s most vulnerable residents
- To be viewed as a safe haven for children and families or elderly adults where social interaction, supervision, age-appropriate activities and learning opportunities are ever-present
- To promote, encourage and develop healthy and whole families, literacy, academic success, college preparedness, social and life skills, health and wellness and independent living
This full-time, year-round program provides a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities that are reflective of the program’s population.
The setting offers the opportunity to develop behavioral and social skills for school readiness through peer interaction, a sophisticated educational program and a healthy nutritional program.
Staff is trained to respect the individual differences in maturation, interests and personality, while nurturing the development of each child‘s self-esteem. The goal is to have each child on track for success in kindergarten both academically and behaviorally.
Educational enrichment and wellness activities are incorporated into the curriculum on a consistent basis, as well as multicultural activities, especially those reflective of the program population. Computers, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are also important program components.
These before and after school programs align with the Boston Public School calendar, private school early dismissals and private school professional day(s). During summer months and school vacations, this is a full-day program 07:30 am–5:45pm.
Family Engagement is designed to help support our most isolated families. The focus of Family Engagement is school readiness and parent support, empowering parents to be their child’s first teacher and strengthening the family unit. Program components include Literacy events, Read & Rise program, Moms and Music, Countdown to Kindergarten, Young Parents Nurturing program, the Parenting Education and Support Program, Parent Café series, Welcome Baby visits and infant massage classes, and other community wide events and activities.
Education and Career Development promotes academic success and the pursuit of higher education, prepares our youth for jobs and careers through intern and apprenticeship opportunities, mentors and motivates our youth to make healthy choices and fosters emerging leaders. Program components include Summer Leadership Intern Program (SLIP), Girls Group, Youth Leaders and Get In, Get Out, Succeed Programming.
The focus of the South Boston Neighborhood House Senior Program is to reduce social isolation by offering our senior citizens activities and services designed to maintain their dignity, health, independence, and self-confidence.
The program’s focus is on enhancing their physical, intellectual and creative wellbeing through exercise, interaction, technology and art classes. The Neighborhood House provides seniors with information and referrals for support and assistance in areas of personal concern such as managing finances, obtaining legal assistance, advice on health and welfare plans, and opportunities to expand their social networks and activities.