Childbirth & Parent Education Classes & Playgroup Programs
Pregnant & Uninsured or Underinsured?
The Maternity Care Center at Rockville General Hospital offers complete prenatal and postpartum care for women on any state medical insurance plan, or who are uninsured or underinsured. Access to ultrasound, laboratory services and other prenatal testing is provided as well as assistance enrolling in Husky medical insurance plans.
Call 860.872.5170 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Childbirth & Education Classes
The following classes help prepare for the exciting adventures of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, and we invite you to take part in our wide variety of childbirth education classes. Classes are open to all prospective parents, whether or not you plan to deliver at Manchester Memorial Hospital. All instructors are certified in their specialties. All classes are held at Manchester Memorial Hospital unless otherwise indicated.
Coordinating Breastfeeding with Returning to Work or School
This class gives practical tips to keep breastfeeding going when mom goes back to work or school. To schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant Call 860.647.4790.
$25 per couple
Understanding Birth eClass
Here’s the solution for parents who want the information, but can’t fit the classes into their schedules or for moms on bed rest. These self-paced online classes will cover all the vital components of labor and birth from any device. Class includes evidence-based material, videos, animation, quizzes and fun activities. The program also includes an “Ask the Educator” feature with one of the Childbirth Educators from Manchester Hospital.
$90 for 90-day access
Family Development Center Classes
The following grant-funded programs are offered through ECHN’s Family Development Center.
Due to COVID-19, the Family Development Center is operating remotely and providing virtual services to the families in enrolled in our programs. We are offering virtual home visits via Zoom, telephone support for families, Zoom playgroups, Zoom story time, Zoom music & movement and parent workshops via Zoom. All programs connect families to community resources such as diaper banks, food pantries, mental health services, unemployment/rent/mortgage/utilities resources.
Early Head Start
This is a home visiting program that serves low-income children from birth to age three, pregnant women and their families residing in Manchester and/or Vernon. A Parents as Teachers (PAT) certified Parent Educator provides parent education, child development information, developmental screenings, dental screenings, disabilities and behavioral health services, field trips, playgroups and learning activities.
Currently all components of the Early Head Start program are being offered through a variety of virtual platforms in order to continue to support families and children during the COVID-19 health crisis. Weekly virtual visits, developmental screenings, literacy-based playgroups, parent support groups, and nutrition classes are offered to all parents via telephone, email, and video conferencing. Families receive contact-less delivery of supplies needed to complete guided craft activities and nutritional snack preparation, as well as age appropriate child development activities. For more information and/or to enroll:
Office of Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
This program serves children from birth to 6 years old, pregnant women and their partners. PAT Parent Educators offer home visitation, parent education, parent-child group experiences, playgroups and development screening referrals to community resources, social emotional support and a fatherhood program to support dads/male partners. Due to COVID-19, all components of the program are being offered virtually including weekly virtual playgroups and weekly virtual home visits. For more information and/or to enroll:
SPECIAL NOTE: The Virtual Father’s Talk Series takes place on Wednesday’s from 3pm to 4pm via Zoom. This series is facilitated by the fatherhood program home visitor. The series builds off of strengths, while encouraging and empowering Father’s in their roles as parents. To RSVP to the group contact Kwasi Ntem-Mensah at 860.266.0126.
Vernon Family Resource Center
The Vernon Family Resource Center (FRC) located at Maple Street School serves children and families in the Vernon community. The FRC offers education and support services for the entire family. Services include home visiting, parent-child playgroups, positive youth development, parenting education, support for family childcare providers, resources and referrals to community services, adult education, preschool care and after-school care. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all programming through the Vernon FRC is delivered remotely via online video conferencing and other methods until further notice. Our playgroups have been facilitated online since April with great success and lots of fun! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to stay engaged with other families during this unprecedented time!
- Laugh & Learn Virtual Playgroups
held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 – 10:15 am for Vernon residents and their children ages 2-5 years. Family Child Care Providers are also welcome and encouraged to attend with the children in their care. Playgroups run in six week sessions and hosted in collaboration with the Vernon Family School Community Partnerships office. Pre-registration is required.
- NEW: Life Coaching for parents and caregivers. Individual coaching with a certified professional life coach will be available for parents or caregivers looking to identify and set goals around parenting issues, life transitions, creating balance and more. Private coaching sessions are available via phone or video conferencing.
Manchester Family Resource Center
Located at Waddell Elementary in Manchester this program offers education and support services for the entire family. Services include home visiting, parent-child playgroups, positive youth development, parenting education, support for family childcare providers, resources and referrals to community services, adult education, preschool care and after-school care. Waddell Elementary School Virtual Playgroups are held on Wednesdays from 10:00 –10:30 a.m. Registration:
Successful Teens Excelling as Parents and Partners (STEPP)
This program offers supportive services to teen parents and their partners in the Manchester school system to ensure that they graduate from high school while developing successful parenting skills. STEPP provides one-on-one coaching, mentoring, case management, home visitation, workshops and group peer sessions. During this unprecedented, STEPP is providing virtual home visits, playgroups, resources, and family engagement opportunities. For more information and/or to enroll: