Parenting Services

At ECHN, we understand that parenting is a difficult job and that children live, grow and thrive with the love and support of families, caregivers and friends. The ECHN Family Development Center is dedicated to helping families develop their strengths, parenting skills and confidence.

Programs to Support Families

All of the highly regarded programs offered by the Family Development Center are free. They include:
Early Head Start – Designed for income-eligible expectant families and those with children birth through age three. Download the Early Head Start Annual Report. Early Head Start provides:
  • Educational home visits
  • Child developmental assessments
  • Social activities
  • Child development services
  • Health, dental, nutritional and mental health services
  • Links to community resources
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) – Home visiting, assessments, parent education, and life-skills support to DCF and community partner families with children ages birth to 17. 

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) – Home visiting, parent-child social activities, parent education groups, fatherhood initiative. 

Family Resource Centers – Centers are located at Washington Media Arts Magnet School in Manchester and Maple Street School in Vernon. Our Family Resource Centers provide something for everyone in the family in a location that will be a hub of family learning for many years – the neighborhood school. We offer:
  • Parent educational workshops
  • Educational playgroups
  • Positive youth development
  • Home/personal visits for young families
  • Child developmental assessments
  • Family literacy
  • Support to childcare providers
  • Links to preschool education, school-age childcare, adult education, and referrals to community resources
Nurturing Families Network – Provides educational home visits to prenatal and first-time parents until the children reach age 5. Child development and parenting information, child developmental assessments, community resources, and social activities are provided. We meet you right in the hospital, after your child arrives! 

Nurturing Connections – If home visiting is not for you, we provide weekly phone support to new, first-time parents, via trained volunteers. Child development, parenting information, resources, informational mailings, and social activities are provided. 

Nurturing Group – These 10-week sessions are especially geared for expectant families, new parents, young parents and dads. Classes include information on prenatal wellness, nutrition, infant and child development, and parenting skills. 

About Our Team

At the ECHN Family Development Center, our backgrounds include education, child development, social work, counseling, public health and human services. The entire staff is trained and certified in the nationally recognized Parents as Teachers program.
Our programs are available at convenient sites throughout Manchester, Vernon and surrounding towns. These include hospitals, churches, childcare centers, libraries and the parent's own home.
The Family Development Center’s main office is located at 57 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon. To contact us, please call 860.432.5278, ext. 125.

View the Family Development Center Flyer

Download the Family Development Center Client Referral Form