BCNC, formerly the Quincy School Community Council, was founded in 1969 by local residents, parents and community leaders in order to have a voice in the design of the Josiah Quincy Elementary School complex. From our beginning as a small group of community activists, grew an organization that is now the leading human service provider for Greater Boston's Asian community.
1969 - Quincy School Community Council(QSCC) is formed and incorporated in Massachusetts.
1974 - Acorn Child Care Center opens serving 14 children.
1976 - The Recreation and Adult English as a Second Language programs begin.
1977 - The After School program begins serving 15 children.
1978 - The After School and Recreation programs expand to include summer programs.
The Youth Program begins.
1986 - BCNC works with artists and the community to create the Chinatown Community Mural painted on the building at 34-36 Oak Street; the mural depicts the history of Asian Americans in Boston.
1987 - The City of Boston sells the 34-36 Oak Street Building to BCNC for $1. Ownership of this building anchors BCNC in the neighborhood.
1991 - The Family Child Care Project begins.
1997 - QSCC changes its name to Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) to better represent its mission, programming, and location.
1999 - BCNC begins negotiating for a new community center as part of a larger development on Oak Street.
2002 - The Oak Street building is torn down and construction begins for a new center.
2005 - BCNC opens its new building on 38 Ash Street with a successful capital campaign of $2.8 million.
2006 - Family Services program begins.
2011 – BCNC receives its first endowment - Chin Tunn Fon Endowment Fund by Frank K. and Rose H. Chin.
BCNC creates the Bamboo Circle, a young professional network that supports BCNC through fundraising and volunteering.
2014 – BCNC opens its Quincy site, offering adult education, youth programs and family services.
2015 – BCNC replicates its parent engagement model in the Haitian community in Mattapan.
Awards & Accolades
- Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Families Count: National Honors Award (2001)
- The Points of Light Foundation President’s award (2002)
- BCNC’s building at 38 Ash Street received a Silver LEED rating by the US Green Building Council, making it the first “green” building in Chinatown (2006)
- Mayor of Boston’s Ace of Aces award for best arts program in Boston (2007)
- The Boston Foundation’s My Neighborhood award (2009)
- Museum of Fine Arts Community Recognition award (2009)
- White House Champions of Change award for BCNC Youth Center (2012)
- MassVOTE Super Civies award for Youth Center (2015)
- Asian American Commission Lifetime Achievement Award for Selina Chow, Board President of BCNC (2016)
- BCNC Early Education and Care Center has been nationally accredited by NAYEC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) since 2002.
- BCNC Adult Education is consistently the highest-rated program in Chinatown, and the highest-rated program in Quincy by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- High ranking from charity evaluators for its sound management and accountability, 3 out of 4 stars from Charity Navigator and Gold level rating from GuideStar.
- Get Konnected recognizes Executive Director, Giles Li as one of Boston’s Emerging Diverse Leaders and Board President, Selina Chow as a top Community Leader in Boston.