Family Development Center has a single mission: to help families grow. To accomplish
this, they provide a broad
range of educational and support programs.
Based in the heart of Manchester,
CT, the Family Development Center is a service of Eastern Connecticut Health Network.
Head Start (860) 646-1222 ext. 2748 Early Head Start serves
families with children from birth to age 3. The key focus is building children's
breadth of skills; physical, emotional, intellectual and social. Services are
delivered to the home as well as through the Potter's House Child Development
Center in Vernon, CT.
Resource Centers (860) 647-3330 (Manchester) (860) 875-5771 (Vernon)
The Family Resource Centers are members of the Connecticut Family Resource Alliance.
They host many activities at Washington School in Manchester and Maple Street
School in Vernon.
Steps (860) 646-1222 ext. 2457 This program helps new mothers and
fathers adjust to their roles as parents. Moms and Dads are matched with specially
trained volunteers, who provide resource materials on parenting, and emotional
support through regular phone calls.
Volunteers are needed as well. Call
today to begin your training program! 860-646-1222 ext. 2457 and ask for Susan.
Healthy Families CT
(860) 646-1222 ext. 2458 or 2702 Enhancing child development and overall family
functioning is the aim of this home-visit program, which is geared to first-time
parents. Services include education, support and case management.
(860) 646-1222 ext. 2471 A primer course, Leadership Training seeks to instill
a sense of personal empowerment and public responsibility. It's structured for
adults interested in organizing community groups or events.
The Nurturing Program
(860) 646-1222 ext. 2538 or 2458 Through weekly classes, they strive to foster
sound family values and healthy interaction among family members. Subjects range
from positive discipline to good parent-child relationships. The program is directed
to families with newborns - 5 years of age. Many of the sessions involve caregivers
and their children learning together.
(860) 646-1222 ext. 2471 The abstinence series, held after school, shows preteens
the value of refraining from at-risk behaviors. Peer mentors conduct the sessions,
which also teach self-respect.
(860) 646-1222 ext. 2471 This ongoing support group helps young dads become
more involved in their children's lives. They encourage honest, open dialogue,
while concentrating on topics such as relationships, goal setting and job-readiness
(860) 646-1222 ext. 2471 Weekly meetings lend educational and social outlets
for pregnant and parenting teens. For all who attend, free child care and healthy
refreshments are available. Case management is a facet of this program as well.
About the Staff:
The center's staff are a well educated and experienced
team of professionals and volunteers.
All professionals are licensed and
certified in their specialties. They represent a variety of backgrounds, from
child development to education, to nursing, social work, and rehabilitation counseling.
Additionally, all are cross-trained. This allows them to share their energies
and expertise across programs, as needed.