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The Parent and Family Learning department fosters the cycle of learning throughout a family’s lifespan. Programs in the Parent and Family department provide a continuum of support to guide families collaboratively through pregnancy and the postpartum period and continue through childhood and adolescence. The Parent and Family Learning unit aims to address challenges proactively to promote strong family foundations in perinatal health, parent engagement, as well as social and academic development and leadership.

Comadrona Program

The goals of the Comadrona program are to improve pregnancy outcomes and, to reduce incidence of prematurity and low birth weight. To achieve these goals the program offers voluntary, culturally competent home visitation services, health education, and advocacy and support services to pregnant women, and their families.

Community Health Workers conduct comprehensive assessments, and care plans are developed in partnership with participants to address a wide range of needs, including health care, psychosocial health, educational, childcare, nutritional, and other social determinants of health impacting them.

Trained community health workers promote positive pregnancy outcomes and nutritional support for both mother and baby during and after pregnancy. The program serves pregnant women, infants, and children up to two years of age who reside in the Greater Hartford area.

Family Wellness Healthy Start (FWHS)

The FWHS is a federal program seeking to improve women’s and family health and wellness, reduce disparities in low birth weight and decrease the incidence of infant mortality among high risk women.

  • Promoting adequate prenatal care, and positive health habits
  • Reducing barriers to healthcare coverage and access
  • Enabling family’s empowerment
  • Supporting and obtaining basic needs
  • Promoting health education (nutrition, child’s well-care and safety, breastfeeding, SIDS, car-seat safety, psychosocial health)
  • Promoting perinatal health

Breast Feeding

The Breastfeeding Heritage and Pride (BHP) program is an evidence-based, person-centered, peer support counseling program. It is a community health worker-led intervention seeking to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity among low-income, minority women.

BHP peer counselors are women from the community who have successfully breastfed and are trained to provide education and hands-on support in clinical and community settings to women who are interested in breastfeeding. The program provides a comprehensive model of community and hospital based breastfeeding promotion and support. The program from Hartford Hospital is recognized bythe U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an evidence based best practice model.

Program Offerings Include:

  • Prenatal education
  • Postpartum hospital rounds
  • Postpartum home and clinic visits
  • Virtual and telephone outreach and support
  • Pump rental program for special needs babies and medically critical mothers
  • Breast pump help with insurance and without insurance

Stronger Families, Stronger Futures Program

The goal of Stronger Families, Stronger Futures is to see every family succeed and support every child to develop emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically strong. It is a holistic home visitation program that focuses on parent-child interaction, development centered parenting, and family well-being. The program approach is strengths-based, family-centered and trauma-informed to enhance the socioemotional, physical, and financial wellbeing of children and families.

The program target families with children from prenatal to age 5 residing in the Greater Hartford and East of the River region.

The program services include access to healthcare, mental health care, basic needs, health and nutrition education, child development screenings, positive parenting education, financial management and more.

After School Programming

The purpose of the After School Program is to improve academic achievement, provide opportunities for enrichment activities in a safe and healthy environment and encourage engage parents. Currently, afterschool programming is provided at Sánchez and Betances School in the City of Hartford. Our programs provide a safe environment where parents leave their children after school, and they receive creative opportunities that promote learning and civic engagement to connect children with their community.

Program Offerings Include:

  • Academic Support/Tutoring: Academic and tutoring support is provided one-on-one and in small groups by certified teachers and paraprofessionals.
  • Health and wellness: Nutrition education and physical activities are provided to encourage children and youth to maintain and improve their health, reduce health-related risk behaviors and develop health-related knowledge and skills.
  • Enrichment activities: Enrichment activities include art, music and dancing, sports, literacy projects, leadership training and social and emotional skills building.
  • Civic engagement: Community services projects are developed by the students and their parents based on identified needs in the community. Those projects are accomplished with the assistance of program staff.
  • Parent Engagement: Parents are encouraged to participate in all afterschool activities. Workshops are conducted monthly covering topics identified by them. Parents and staff meet regularly to discuss children’s success plans and academic performance.

Family Resource Center

The program goal is to ensure children enter school ready to learn and thrive. The program provides intensive early child development education and support to parents. Program activities are delivered by certified parent educators (certified by Parent As Teachers).

The services include family risk assessments, parent workshops, parent networking meetings, child development screenings, play groups, technical assistance with obtaining community services, and other advocated referrals. In addition, child milestone screenings are conducted. The program targets families with children from birth to five years of age.

Summer Camp

A five-week summer camp is conducted during summer school vacation. The program offers fun, and safe camp activities where children make friends and share memories that last a lifetime. The summer camp provides academic enrichment and opportunities to enjoy fun and creative activities.

The camp offers a wide variety of daily activities, including:

  • Health and Nutrition education activities
  • Arts and crafts
  • Music and Dance
  • Sports and Field Trips

Neighborhood Youth Center Leadership Program

This program builds leaders through youth leadership training, mentoring and community services. It includes “junior leaders” in 4th and 5th grades, and “senior leaders” in older grades, middle and high school students. Tutoring is also provided. Leaders meet once per week to decide on upcoming events, afterschool programming, advocating, and planning community service projects.