Family Welcome Center

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Family Welcome Center
455 County Street, Room 105 & 106
New Bedford, MA 02740
Fax 508-999-4037

Julie Mador, Registrar

508-997-4511 Ext. 14601

Patricia Morck, FWC Parent Support Specialist (English, Español)
508-997-4511 Ext. 14653 

Damaris Suarez, FWC Parent Support Specialist (English, Español)
508-997-4511 Ext. 14655

Isa Fernandes, FWC Parent Support Specialist 
(English, Español,Portuguese, and Creole)
508-997-4511 Ext. 14654

Isamar Gonzalez-Cotto Parent Support Specialist (English, Español)
508-997-4511 Ext. 14652

Limary Rojas, FWC Parent Support Specialist (English, Español)
508-997-4511 Ext. 14654 

Lourdes Rosado, FWC Parent Support Specialist (English, Español)
508-997-4511 ext. 14658

Michael Lopes, FWC Parent Support Specialist (English, Creole)
508-997-4511 Ext. 14659 

Orlenda Jackson, FWC Parent Support Specialist (English, Español)
508-997-4511 Ext. 14660

Jennifer Mello, FWC Nurse
508-997-4511 Ext. 14656

Lena Silva, Confidential Secretary (English, Portuguese)
508-997-4511 ext. 14661

The Family Welcome Center is a place for all families in our community to register their children for preschool through 12th grade and help identify their strengths and needs.

Our vision is to create a clear pathway to education for the students in the city of New Bedford. The Family Welcome Center team is invested in listening to the unique needs of our parents and supporting them with the necessary tools to make a difference in the lives of their children while honoring the diversity and integrity of each family and of the New Bedford community.

Our mission is to provide specialized assistance to all PreK-12 students and families enrolling in New Bedford Public Schools in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Cape Verdean Crioulo. The Family Welcome Center and its Parent Support Specialists also serve to create a link between families and the resources they might need in order to be active participants in the successful education and well-being of their children by providing information regarding community resources.

Family Welcome Center is located at 455 County St., Room 105, New Bedford. For more information and to register children for school please call 508-997-4511, ext. 14601 or 14652. Families are welcomed between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of school holidays.

Required Registration Documents

Date of Birth Verification (1 needed)
Birth Certificate

Proof of Residency (2 needed)
Utility Bill
Purchase Agreement
Current Driver's License

Immunization Records along with most recent physical.

Lead screening results for students under the age of 6

Previous School Records - Report Cards and/or transcripts

Individual Education Plan or 504 Plan

Forms and Documents

English Registration Form
Spanish Registration Form
Portuguese Registration Form
K'iche' Registration Form


New Bedford Community Expectations for Children 
Street Sheet English
Street Sheet Portuguese 
Street Sheet Spanish 
Massachusetts Department of Education 
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Center 
Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Libraries and Reference Tools

Internet Links For Parents
Public Transportation
Boys & Girls Club

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