Family Development Center
About ECHN's Family Development Center
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 Family Development Center staff is a team of committed, caring, trained professionals and volunteers, dedicated to helping families develop their strengths, parenting skills, and confidence. 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 (FDC) main office is located at 57 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT. To contact us, please call 860.432.5278, ext. 125.
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Click here for the FDC Client Referral Form
- Early Head Start – Designed for income-eligible expectant families and those with children birth through age three. Provides educational home visits, child developmental assessments, social activities, child development, health, dental, nutritional and mental health services, as well as links to community resources. Early Head Start Annual Report
- Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) - Home visiting, assessments, parent education, and life-skills support to DCF and community partner families with children aged 0-17
- 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, and links to preschool education, school-age childcare, adult education, and referrals to community resources.
- Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) Home visiting, parent-child social activities, parent education groups, fatherhood initiative
The Family Resource Centers are a one-stop location for the entire family, based on the "School of the 21st Century."
- 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 (The ABCs of Babies) – Ten-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.