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Celebrating 50 Years of Education, Advocacy, and Opportunity!

About Us



Welcome to the Kennedy Center’s website and thank for your interest in our organization. I hope that you find the information in this site useful and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more about the services we provide and/or the ways you can support our mission.

In 2014 the Kennedy Center celebrates its 50th Anniversary providing superior quality Head Start, toddler, preschool and after school education, childcare, elder care, and community services to Charlestown and the greater Boston community. As we celebrate the successes we have achieved during our first 50 years we also look forward to the next 50 years assisting those in our community who struggle with economic, language, employment and/or educational challenges.

We are grateful for our long-term partnership with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) who has supported the Kennedy Center’s efforts to bring high quality educational and social service programs to Charlestown. Moving forward into the next 50 years we expect our partnership with ABCD to continue while also expanding our service agreements, collaborations and partnerships with other local nonprofit and civic organizations within the greater Boston community. These valued relationships are key to maintaining the Kennedy Center’s responsiveness to current and emerging community service needs. Again, welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in the Kennedy Center.

Terry Wm. Kennedy
Executive Director

The John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc., (Kennedy Center) is a 501(c)(3) multi-service non-profit corporation that began its journey in 1964 as the “War on Poverty”  was just beginning. The agency was named after the late President Kennedy to honor his legacy of improving access to a quality education for all and his promotion of volunteerism and community service. The Kennedy Center has and will continue to take a leadership role in the development and operation of high quality programs that serve a wide range of ages and needs. The organization has achieved expertise in early childhood education, day care, after school programs, antipoverty based community services and elder care supports and services.



John F. Kennedy’s Proclamation 3422
July 25, 1961

Let us not think of education only in terms of its costs, but rather in terms of the infinite potential of the human mind that can be realized through education. Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our Nation. 



John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc.