The Nurturing Place provides children, many of whom live in the
on-site transitional housing facility, St. Joseph's Home, with an educational and supportive environment while their mothers are at work or school.
The Nurturing Place is a licensed child development center housed within the York Street Project buildings in Jersey City, New Jersey. Our Center operates five days a week from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Six classrooms provide developmentally appropriate space for the following age groups: Infant/Toddler (4 month to 18 month olds), Transitional Toddler (18 month to 2 year olds), Toddler B (2-3 year olds), Pre-School (3-4 year olds), Pre-Kindergarten (4-5 year olds), and Kindergarten (5-6 year olds). In the summer months, we welcome back the school-age children who have graduated from the program (7-10 year olds).
Through our unique curriculum, we aim to identify and arrest developmental delays caused by lives of poverty, homelessness, and abuse. Unchecked, these delays continue the cycle, forever limiting children to lives of emotional, social, and educational difficulty.
Our curriculum is experiential-learning based and focuses on the following three objectives:
Enhancement of social, cognitive, physical, and emotional skills
Learning about teamwork and its importance
Development of an appreciation and sense of respect for the world around us
The Nurturing Place's Enrichment Program complements what each child learns in classrooms through opportunities to encounter life beyond the street's hard lessons. Throughout the year, they go on trips to the theatre, zoos, museums, and aquariums, and on day, overnight and week-long trips to swim in the ocean on Long Beach Island, camp in the Catskills, dine with a family in Amish country, hike in Vermont, and engage in daily life on a working farm in upstate New York, to name just a few.
Sister Barbara Moran is the Founder and Director of The Nurturing Place, who oversees the Center and continually evaluates and assesses the effectiveness of the program to provide the best possible opportunity for our children. The Nurturing Place's faculty and staff members work closely with the children daily. We also are fortunate to have the services of foster grandmothers and regular volunteers to work with the children. A strong group of volunteers from local High Schools and members of the local corporate community also assist us during the school day. In the summer, we hire additional teachers and aides to staff our intense Summer Enrichment Program.
Development program for children whose mothers reside in