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All programs through ECHN’s Family Development Center are voluntary and free of charge. Our dedicated staff will assist you in finding the appropriate program that best meets your needs.
Family Development Center Flyer [PDF]
Family Development Center Client Referral Form

Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a home visiting program that serves low-income children from birth to age three and pregnant women and their families residing in Manchester or Vernon.  A Parents as Teachers (PAT) certified Parent Educator provides parent education, child development information, developmental screenings, dental screenings, disability and behavioral health services, field trips, playgroups and learning activities and parent support groups.

For any questions, email

Family Resource Centers (FRC)

The Manchester FRC is located at Wadell Elementary, and the Vernon FRC is located at Maple Street School. Both Family Resource Centers provides education and support services including home visiting, parent-child play groups, positive youth development, parenting education, developmental screening, support for family child care providers, resources and referrals, as well as links to adult education, preschool and after-school care.

Healthy Families Healthy Babies

This Program serves children from birth to six years old, pregnant women and their partners.  Parent Educators offer home visitation, parent education, parent-child group experiences, playgroups and development screening referrals to community resources, and social emotional support.

For any questions, email

Fatherhood Initiative Program

This program reaches out to all fathers, uncles, grandfathers, father figures and male role models. With the opportunity to connect, learn, motivate, and encourage each other in one-on-one or group interactions.

This program takes place the 3rd Wednesday of every month at two different available times to join. The first session is from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. and the second session is from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. To access the program click here. This program is free and a confidential platform for fathers.

For any questions, please call 860.266.0126 or email

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 they graduate from high school while developing successful parenting skills.

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.

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Upcoming Events




New Mothers’ Group

ECHN Community Education Room
2600 Tamarack Avenue South Windsor CT



Fit For Delivery "Drop In" (via Zoom)

Virtual Event



Joint Effort Program

Manchester Memorial Hospital
71 Haynes Street Manchester CT