Our history Helping Families Thrive since 1885

Family & Children’s Service has been serving the residents of Greater Lynn and surrounding communities since 1885, and its history provides a window into the evolution of social services over the past 132 years.

* Our Day Nursery of the 1880’s gave way to the beginnings of family day care services in the early 20th century. Family day care has since become a private enterprise, run primarily by women entrepreneurs in the community, and F&CS supports them with opportunities for professional development and access to quality resources and facilities that supplement what they can provide to the children in their care.  

* Our penny lunch program for immigrant children, begun in 1913, became a Lynn School lunch program in 1922. 

* A Baby Clinic launched in 1913 to treat sick children evolved to dispensing preventive advice about feeding and hygiene for well babies. Today, teachers and family advocates in the Family Resource Center teach parents how to nurture their children's cognitive, social and emotional development. 

* The Lynn Home for Children cared for “destitute children” until 1924 when services were developed that worked to preserve families whenever possible. Counseling for individual children and their parents has expanded to include parent education and support groups as well as activity groups for children and adolescents. Services previously available only in "the clinic" are now also delivered in more accessible, diverse community locations, such as the schools, homeless shelters, Head Start and public housing. 

Today, F&CS offers a broad base of child and family-oriented social services in Chelsea, Charlestown, East Boston, Lynn, Revere and Winthrop, with a particular focus on partnering with the schools as well as other agencies to address the complex issues facing our constituents.  We emphasize community-based, preventive, capacity building services that honor and expand upon the strengths of our clients.

Who we are 

Our mission is to strengthen the life skills of families, children and individuals of all ages. This is accomplished through a range of programs offered directly or in collaboration with other organizations in our community.

Further, our goals are to: supplement the educational offerings available to preschool children; reduce familial stress through the provision of parent education and support; support and facilitate the achievement of youth; promote diversity and foster inclusion in our community; and ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable populations.

We touched the lives of more than 5000 people each year under three main categories of service:

Early Childhood Family Resource Center (FRC): The area's only trilingual center for high-risk, socially vulnerable parents, many of whom have limited English capacity, are isolated, and lack access to vital services.

  1. The Incredible Years® curriculum, strengthening parent skills and promoting children’s academic, social and emotional competencies. Includes developmental screening and referrals for children.
  2. Multiple support programs offered in Spanish and Khmer connecting mothers and fathers with community resources and workshops on health, parenting, and education. Education classes are on life skills topics such as nutrition, health insurance, dental care, post-partem depression, financial literacy and other community resources offered.
  3. Emergency Financial Assistance: Exigent funds for families and individuals.

Home Visiting Services

  1. Home visiting and group-based services for young parents in Charlestown, Chelsea, East Boston, Lynn, Revere, and Winthrop. We provide support services, health and parenting education, child development assessments, and referrals for parents, their children, and their families during pregnancy and continuing through 5 years of life. Emphasis is also placed on setting personal goals for the parents to achieve financial security and wellbeing.
  2. Family Alliance: DCF referrals only; Licensed clinicians and case managers work with families that are currently involved with DCF to stabilize, strengthen and build relationships with family, peers, school and communities.

Youth Programs:

  1. The Right Moves: Asset-building, 13-week program for 5th grade girls identified as at-risk. By referral only.
  2. Project Advance/Shannon: Collaborative effort with the Lynn Police Dept. and other community resources to provide social intervention strategies aimed at the prevention and suppression of gang-related activities in Lynn.
  3. TEEN SCENE: Drop-In and after-school/summer program for youth in Lynn.
  4. PREP (Personal Responsibility Education Program: Individual and group health education, coaching, and referrals to promote and improve STD/HIV and pregnancy prevention practices among youth and young adults.


111 North Common Street

Lynn, MA 01902 

(781) 598-5517 



9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Except holidays


95 Fourth Street

Chelsea, MA 02150

(617) 409-9360


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