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Family Support Services

The Office of Early Childhood's Division of Family Support Services has a number of programs to help you and your family. If you have questions or are concerned about a child's development or behavior, you can call the Child Development Infoline at (800) 505-7000 to speak with a care coordinator.
Click on the program's name below to learn more about what support services are available for you and your family or call the Child Development Infoline at (800) 505-7000.

Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow is a free service for families, providers and communities to find help and information for children who may have behavioral or developmental problems. Families can get information on toilet training, help with difficult behavior, and much more. To contact Help Me Grow, call (800) 505-7000.
Nurturing Families Network
The Nurturing Families Network (NFN) can help ease your mind throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born so that your first parenting experience is positive and enjoyable.
Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, is here to help you meet your parenting goals. Triple P will help you learn new skills. Whether you want a quick tip on how to handle a specific issue, some practical answers to common everyday parenting concerns or help with more complex family issues, a trained practitioner can tailor Triple P to suit your needs. 

Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Did you know that shaking a baby for as little as three seconds is dangerous and potentially fatal? Sometimes a crying baby is more than you can bear, but shaking your baby out of frustration or anger may result in Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), which includes brain damage, blindness, spinal injuries and paralysis, seizures and even death.

The Stranger You Know
If you think child sexual abuse isn't common, think again. One of every seven victims of sexual assault is under the age of 6, and, on average, a pedophile molests 117 children, most of whom do not report the offense. Furthermore, the sexual abuser is usually someone the child and his or her family knows. Between 84 and 95 percent of sexually abused children personally know their molester.

Being a Parent Leader
Like most parents, you are probably concerned about the effects of local schools, your community and/or the environment on your child but don't know where to begin to influence change. Parent leadership training can give you the skills you need to flex your activism muscle and become an advocate on behalf of children.

Family Empowerment Programs
Children require a lot of time, patience and energy. Parenting can be difficult, and at times, it may feel downright unbearable, especially when you are facing other stressors, such as financial problems, abusive relationships, drug or alcohol dependency or mental illness like depression. The Office of Early Childhood's Family Empowerment Programs can help you deal with hardships in your life, as well as develop your parenting skills and improve family relationships.

Birth to Three System
Birth to Three only provides services to children with developmental disabilities or delays. Services are usually provided in the home, but can also be in child care settings or other settings that are natural for that child and family. All children referred to Birth to Three are evaluated in five developmental areas. Eligible children who are 16 months old or older are also screened for autism. Each eligible child will have a family service plan that is tailored to that child’s needs and the family’s priorities, resources and concerns.

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program provides high quality home visiting programs for children and families who live in high-risk communities.
Family School Connection (FSC) provides comprehensive home visiting and support services for families whose children are frequently absent, truant, have academic or behavioral problems, or often come to school unprepared.

Family Resource Centers

The Connecticut State Department of Education's Family Resource Centers provide early childhood and family support services within communities to children and families. They offer parent education and training; family support; preschool and school-age child care; teen pregnancy prevention (positive youth development services); and family day-care provider training.

Content Last Modified on 3/15/2018 12:25:14 PM