Resources for parents and educators in Southington, Plantsville, Marion and Milldale
ABC – Adjustment to Baby Challenges Support Circle
Free support group for mothers expecting and with new babies.
Circle meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Babes in arms are welcome to be brought to this group, as well as young walkers at your discretion. No childcare is available onsite at this time.
Call for Information: (860)490-3120 Amanda Salvo, Facilitator for ABC
(860)385-1574 Jackie Levin, LMFT, MF, MA, Facilitator
BE here Now Yoga & Fitness Studios, 134 Elm Street
Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/Adjustment-to-Baby-Challenges-Support-Circle-of-Southington-340287266714981
All About Birth
Professional Birth & Postpartum Doula - Cindy lou Burgess C.D. & C.B.E., firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: http://www.allaboutbirth.net
Autism Families CONNECTicut
Autism Families CONNECTicut was founded in January 2010 by a group of parents, grandparents and family members who recognized that there were limited weekend recreational and social activities specifically targeted to children on the autism spectrum in Connecticut. Initially, to fill that gap, the focus was on providing programming for children on the spectrum, ages 5-12. While still the focus, programming has since expanded to include preschoolers ages 3-5, teens ages 13-19, and young adults ages 20-29 on the autism spectrum, as well as siblings and parents when appropriate.
Programs are locally based, high quality, low cost, accessible to families and run by professionals. Every program is held in a safe, non-judgmental environment, designed to encourage children, teens, and young adults who attend to have fun, get active and make friends. Most programs are primarily on the weekends and are multi-week long.
600 North Mountain Road
Phone: (860) 474-3444
Web Site: http://www.autismfamiliesct.org/
Autism Services and Resources CT
For over 20 years, ASRC has held to the ideal that everyone deserves to live their best life possible. This belief guides ASRC’s mission: to provide lifelong access to opportunities for persons on the autism spectrum with the goal of being fully-included and participating members of their communities. ASRC is a non-profit that serves as Connecticut’s resource for autism services and supports.
101 N Plains Industrial Rd
Phone: (203) 265-7717
Web Site: https://ct-asrc.org/
Ben Was Here
Ben Was Here provides assistance for asthma-related prescription costs to families with limited insurance coverage.
109 Churchill St
Web Site: http://www.benwashere.org
Bread for Life
Bread for Life helps ensure no one in Southington goes hungry.
-Lunch Program - Hot meals are prepared and served at Bread For Life at noon daily, Monday through Friday. After a full-course meal, each client receives a take-home bag dinner.
-Meal Delivery for the Homebound - Bread For Life provides hot lunch and cold bag dinner weekdays to homebound residents who qualify in our community. We also deliver groceries on Friday for weekend meals to those who are unable to leave their homes.
-Senior Services - We serve a group lunch twice weekly to all residents of Southington Housing Authority communities and Section 8 housing. These group lunches give seniors an opportunity to share a meal in community twice each week.
-School Breakfast Program - We have collaborated with the Southington Board of Education to ensure that breakfast is available to students in all Southington public schools.
-Children’s Summer Program - Bread for Life provide a lunch program for children in low-income neighborhoods and to children who receive free or reduced hot lunch during the school year.
31 Vermont Avenue
Web Site: http://southingtonbreadforlife.org/
Care 4 Kids – Connecticut’s Childcare subsidy
Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.
Several childcare providers in Southington accept the Care 4 Kids subsidy. They are identified in the ECCS Resources listing or call 211 to identify participating providers.
To participate in the program, there are certain eligibility requirements for parents, children and child care providers.
- live in Connecticut;
- be working or attending a temporary family cash assistance (Jobs First) approved education or training activity; and
- meet the program’s income requirements.
- live in Connecticut; and
- be under age 13, or if the child has special needs, be under age 19.
- be licensed by the CT Office of Early Childhood (unless exempt from licensing); or
- be a relative, like a grandparent; or
- take care of the child in the child’s home.
Phone: 1-888-214-KIDS (5437)
Web Site: http://www.ctcare4kids.com
Center for Pediatric Therapy
For over 20 years, CPT has continued its commitment to the children in our community by providing one-on-one occupational, speech, and physical therapy services specifically designed for your child’s needs. Whether your child has difficulty sitting still, mastering handwriting, struggles with speaking or understanding, or is bothered by sensory stimuli (sounds, food, clothing), CPT can help! Therapy sessions are play-based and child-directed to the extent that children do not even realize that they are participating in therapy. Our parents are amazed at the tasks in which clinicians are able to engage their children. Center for Pediatric Therapy’s goal remains to support, guide, and educate not only the children but parents and educators as well to facilitate success. If you have noticed that your child struggles with typical everyday activities, please give us a call. We participate with major insurance carriers.
2360, 101 N Plains Industrial Rd # 2
Phone: (203) 949-9337
Web Site: http://centerforpediatrictherapy.com/
Cheshire Fitness Zone
Cheshire Fitness Zone (CFZ) offers a multitude of therapeutic programs that uniquely meet you and your family’s needs. CFZ was designed specifically for children and adolescents of all ages and abilities. They feature three main therapy areas to include physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and speech therapy (ST). Our physical therapy gym has a full array of exercise equipment biomechanically designed to fit children as well as a 32-foot long rock climbing wall. In addition, the physical therapy space has a baby-friendly room and a private treatment room. The occupational therapy space features two sensory gyms and two fine motor rooms. The speech department boasts a number of individual treatment rooms.
382 S Main St
Phone: (203) 250-9663
Web Site: https://www.cheshirefitnesszone.com/
Child First™ is a no-cost intensive, therapeutic home visiting program that works with parents and families to help address emotional, behavioral or developmental challenges, as well as learning problems in young children, birth to 6. This program includes a comprehensive assessment of child and family needs; observation and consultation in early care and education; parent-child mental health intervention; development of a child and family plan of care; and care coordination and case management. Interventions are designed to support the parents/caregivers in their role as loving protector and promoter of healthy development of the child.
Contact the ECCS for referral information.
Web Site: https://www.wheelerclinic.org/services/wheeler-services/child-first
Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates for and empowers women and girls in Connecticut, especially those who are underserved or marginalized. We work to create an equitable society where women and girls thrive.
CWEALF provides FREE legal information, bilingual assistance, in-person assistance, referrals to attorneys, and referrals to community agencies.
75 Charter Oak Ave
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 524-0601
Web Site: http://www.cwealf.org
Elim Park Cheshire
Elim Park is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community whose mission is to provide the community’s residents with quality care in a Christ-centered environment through beautiful apartment homes, customizable living options, comprehensive wellness programs, and cutting edge medical facilities.
150 Cook Hill Rd
Phone: (203) 272-7550
Web Site: https://www.elimpark.org/
Family Enrichment Center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut
The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Family Enrichment Center helps families achieve parenting goals through a blend of services.
The Family Enrichment Center provides services to enhance parent child interaction via, groups and one-on-one connections, in your home and/or virtually.
The Family Enrichment Center services are modeled after the nationally recognized evidenced based Parents as Teachers curriculum. Parents as Teachers curriculum is designed to support families in learning more about child development, health and safety, and getting their child ready to start school. Parents as Teachers services can start any time before the child starts kindergarten, including during a parent’s pregnancy. These services reach pregnant women, expectant fathers, and parents and caregivers of children under the age of 5.
The Family Enrichment Center services also include Parenting Connections. Parenting Connections are groups that include topics on parenting, relationships, development, nurturing, discipline and creative play experiences.
The Family Enrichment Center services also include specifically designed supports for our fathers. These services vary from small-group conversations about parenting, to in-home or virtual support and one-on-one coaching. Our Father Involvement Parent Educator can work individually with fathers to help navigate a shared role in parental involvement.
HHC New Britain General Campus, 32 Hawkins Street
New Britain, CT 06052
Web Site: https://thocc.org/services/maternity/departments-services/family-enrichment-center
Giving Back Food Pantry at Tabernacle Church
Foodshare Mobile Produce Truck— every other Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Non-Perishable Food Pantry—every other Saturday 9:30 am
No residence required—no proof of income required
1445 West Street
Phone: (860) 276-0400
Web Site: http:// www.givingbackonline.org
Hope and Support Group
Hope & Support Groups provide a safe and confidential space for parents, guardians, and others who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use or addiction. All families are welcomed and encouraged to utilize these services at no cost.
• Free membership
• All meetings have two facilitators, a licensed professional, and a para-professional with lived experience.
• Event information, educational resources, Q&A, and speakers
• 12-Panel Drug Tests for $5.00
SOUTHINGTON Second & Last Thursday every month 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Administrative Building Southington YMCA 130 North Main Street Southington, CT 06489
WALLINGFORD First Sunday every month 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Stop & Shop Community Room 2nd Floor, 930 North Colony Road Wallingford, CT 06492
DURHAM / MIDDLEFIELD Third Tuesday every month 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Middlefield Federated Church 402 Main Street Middlefield, CT 06455
Other locations too.
Sponsored by TriCircle, Inc., a Connecticut 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to break the cycle of relapse and recidivism that exists in the current system of addiction recovery.
Web Site: https://tricircleinc.com/service/hope-support-groups/
Hospital for Special Care
Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is the fourth-largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and one of only two in the nation serving both adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure, and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder.
2150 Corbin Ave
New Britain, 06053
Phone: (860) 223-2761
Web Site: https://hfsc.org/
Ivy Rehab – Wallingford
Whether you need physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, lymphedema management, LSVT BIG treatment, or any of our other treatments or programs, Ivy Rehab is here for you. This Ivy Rehab clinic also offers women's health, pelvic floor, and incontinence program. The Wallingford staff is happy to walk you through the necessary paperwork and assist in any way possible, including insurance questions and scheduling. They even call your insurance company for you to help you understand your benefits.
101 N Plains Industrial Rd Ste 100
Phone: (203) 265-0018
Web Site: https://www.ivyrehab.com/location/wallingford-ct/
Lactation Services of Southington
Lactation Services of Southington provides private lactation consultations in your home for you and your new baby from pre-natal through weaning. They offer breast pump rentals and sales They also host a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group for mothers and babies called Milk Mates which meets once a month in the morning and evening, and a Baby Weigh and Stay clinic.
Patrice Jones,, PAC, IBCLC, email@example.com
Web Site: http://lactationservicesofsouthington.com/
Literacy Volunteers of Central CT
Since 1978, Literacy Volunteers of Central CT (LVCC) has offered adults free tutoring to improve their English reading and writing skills. Each year they serve approximately 400 persons, individually and in small group settings, including parent and child groups. The 15 central Connecticut towns they serve include Southington, and tutoring can be scheduled at a convenient public location such as the Southington Library.
20 High Street (3rd flr. of New Britain Public Library)
New Britain, CT
Phone: Toll Free 1-877-603-7323 or (860) 229-7323
Web Site: http://literacycentral.org/
Maika, Inc. provides access to safe shelters and other required support services to victims of domestic abuse and violence among the immigrant population of all origins, especially South Asian and Middle-Eastern communities. Maika supports women to be autonomous through a full array of assistance measures including emergency shelter, transitional housing, education, counseling, assisting with job search and legal aid.
Web Site: http://www.mymaika.org
Mobile Crisis Intervention Services
Mobile Crisis Intervention Services serves children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis.
It can help youth avoid the negative consequences that can result from mental health crises (such as juvenile arrests) and can help address issues in young children while they are still young.
By dialing 2-1-1 and, when prompted, pressing ‘1’ for ‘crisis’, and then “1” again for “Mobile Crisis” police can gain access to Mobile Crisis’ 14 teams of nearly 150 trained mental health professionals across the state that can respond immediately, face-to-face or by phone, to help manage the child’s behavioral or emotional crisis.
This could include a child threatening to harm themselves or others and uncontrolled anger or aggression.
Note that even preschool children can benefit from these services.
In Connecticut, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) provides these crisis services for children and youth through the Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Service (EMPS).
Phone: Call 2-1-1, then pick 1 for crisis and 1 for mobile crisis
Web Site: http://www.empsct.org/
Next Steps Parent Support Group
The Next Steps Parent Support Group is for parents of children with special needs in the Southington area and is a place to bring questions, find support and take part in general discussions on topics relevant to family caregiving. Next Steps connects family caregivers directly to other family caregivers to share information. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at The Summit in Plantsville.
For more information about the support group, contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carrie at email@example.com.
261 Summit St
Plantsville, CT 06479
Nurturing Families Network
The Nurturing Families Network includes:
- Nurturing Connections: This telephone support service connects you to someone who can answer your questions and refer you to parenting resources or services in your community.
- Nurturing Parenting Groups: Join other new parents in a supportive environment to share experiences and work together to become the best parents you can be.
- Intensive Home Visiting Program: A home visitor comes to your home to help you care for your baby and adjust to the many demands of becoming a parent.
Each of these free NFN programs will give you important parenting information, tips on how to care for your baby and yourself and information on immunizations, keeping your baby healthy and community resources.
Phone: (800) 505-7000 or 860-224-5900 x2650
Web Site: http://www.ct.gov/oec/cwp/view.asp?a=4544&q=535866
On-line Parenting Classes via Southington Public Library
Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education courses, including parenting skills such as basic parenting, behavior management, positive parenting techniques, early childhood development, and many more.
Visit southingtonlibrary.org and click on Services to get started.
Web Site: http://www.southingtonlibrary.org
Paper Crane Birth Services
Vanessa E. Hawke, CCCE
Maternal Support Practitioner (Trained, Bebo Mia)
Based in Southington, serving all of Connecticut
Doula support - Informational, emotional, and physical support throughout pregnancy, labor, and birth.
Childbirth education - Private, custom childbirth classes tailored to fit your needs.
Phone: (860) 384-7532
Web Site: https://www.papercranebirth.com/
Planning Across The Spectrum
Planning Across The Spectrum's mission is to help individuals and/or the care teams of those with ASD to feel financially free. They help individuals all across the spectrum enhance their quality of life while walking the path of financial independence. Their aim is to create long-term relationships to journey with you through each phase of life. The Planning Across the Spectrum team’s knowledge has been obtained not only through education and work but also personal experience.
74 Batterson Park Rd Floor 1
Phone: (860) 606-0977
Web Site: https://planningacrossthespectrum.com
Postpartum Support International Connecticut Chapter (PSI CT)
The mission of Postpartum Support International Connecticut Chapter (PSI-CT) is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment for perinatal wellbeing throughout Connecticut.
Also see the ABC - Adjustment to Baby Challenges resource listing for the closest support group meeting.
Web Site: http://www.psictchapter.com
Prudence Crandall Center
Prudence Crandall Center, Inc is the oldest domestic violence program in Connecticut. PCC offers comprehensive services to women, men, and children who are victims of domestic violence and is the only domestic violence program serving these nine Connecticut towns: Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Kensington, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Terryville.
594 Burritt Street
New Britian, CT 06050
Web Site: https://prudencecrandall.org/
Safe Haven for Newborns
The CT Safe Havens Act For Newborns is a law that allows anyone to safely drop off a newborn baby, within the first 30 days of life, to any hospital emergency room in Connecticut, without being subject to arrest for abandonment.
The closest Safe Haven drop off points are at the Hospital of Central CT Bradley campus on Meriden Ave, Bristol Hospital and Midstate Medical Center. ,
Web Site: http://uwc.211ct.org/safe-haven-for-newborns-act/
Southington Behavioral Health Resource Directory
The Southington Behavioral Health Resource Director, a comprehensive guide to behavioral health and community resources in Southington, is available online at the Connecticut Clearinghouse website, as well as through the Town of Southington, Southington Public Library, Plainville-Southington Regional Health District, Southington Youth Services, and Southington Community Services. This directory includes comprehensive information about local behavioral health resources, including outpatient and inpatient care for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as details about confidential assessments, short and long-term counseling, psychotherapy, family therapy, and mental health treatment. The directory also includes information about accessing transportation and food as well as new information regarding drug collection drop boxes, treatment for opioid misuse, health services and advocacy.
The directory, part of the Southington Health Outreach Project, is a collaboration between the Bradley H. Barnes & Leila U. Barnes Memorial Trust at Main Street Community Foundation and Wheeler Clinic.
Web Site: https://www.ctclearinghouse.org/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/Southington_Behavioral_Health_Resource_Directory_2nd_Edition_Nov_2018.pdf
Southington Community Services
Southington Community Services offers support services to Southington residents, and connects them with the appropriate providers. They serve as a link between private providers, human services and governmental agencies.
In order to insure adequate time is provided to discuss your concerns, please call the office at (860) 628-3761 to schedule an appointment. You may need to bring in proof of residency and/or proof of income.
Donations of new and gently used clothing and other items
Holiday Programs: Community Services provides assistance to qualified Southington individuals and families through various holiday programs.
Parks and Recreation Summer Camp
Assistance with State Programs
Free Income Tax Preparation
Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC)
91 Norton St
Web Site: http://www.southington.org/content/17216/17290/default.aspx
Southington Town-wide Effort to Promote Success
Southington Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) is leading Southington's charge against substance abuse. They work to inform the community about risky behaviors, while also striving to limit access, and promote policy change.
196 North Main St
Web Site: http://southingtonsteps.org/
Southington Youth Services
Southington Youth Services provides resources and a voice for youth including:
Parent Information Series
Juvenile Review Board
Babysitting Certification Class
When I'm In Charge classes for young teens
Kristen's Kloset, prom dresses, accessories and support for high school students
Hope and Support Group for parents whose children are struggling with addiction or learning to live without substances
Youth Volunteering Program
196 North Main St
Web Site: http://www.southington.org/content/17216/17795/default.aspx
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as the WIC Program, provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Southington Community Services hosts one of the part-time satellite sites to register for WIC.
Who is eligible?
- Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
- Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1 st birthday).
- Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends).
- Infants (up to 1st birthday). WIC serves 45 percent of all infants born in the United States.
- Children up to their 5th birthday (fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children).
What are the benefits?
- Individual time to speak with a nutritionist or trained professional about your diet or your child's diet.
- Breastfeeding support and information.
- Opportunity to meet and talk to other moms with young children.
- Referrals to health care and other social service programs.
- An eWIC card to buy healthy food for you or your children.
Web Site: http://portal.ct.gov/DPH/WIC/WIC
The Cove Center for Grieving Children
The Cove Center for Grieving Children specializes in helping children and adolescents who are grieving the death of a significant person in their life. This non-profit offers free child-focused, family support groups, a "Good Grief" school program, professional development, a weekend camping experience and community outreach.
250 Pomeroy Ave, Suite 107
Web Site: http://www.covect.org
The Parent & Child Center at Bristol Hospital
The Parent & Child Center at Bristol Hospital offers a variety of services.
- Parent Support Center - Families can "drop in" during program hours to discuss struggles and challenges in their lives or use the Resource Library
- The Caring Closet offers basic need items – diapers, wipes, baby food, clothing and other baby items – to low-income clients.
- The Nurturing Families Network provides assistance and support to new, first-time parents during pregnancy and beyond, by answering questions, providing tips on how to care for your baby and yourself, and offering information on community resources that can help you.
- The Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) Family Enrichment Services provides in-home parenting education that increases parenting skills using tools designed to assist in gauging monthly progress.
- The Family Life Works Program provides parenting education and child development classes throughout Connecticut.
- The Family Wellness Program’s goal is to prevent childhood obesity by promoting family nutrition and healthy physical activity for low-income families.
- Home-Based Parent Education Services for families who are either not appropriate for group-based classes or need additional services.
9 Prospect Street
Web Site: https://www.bristolhospital.org/Services/Parent-and-Child-Center.aspx
Tunxis CC Public Library
Tunxis Community College has a public library which includes a children's department. Using a library card from any town in CT you can check out books, movies or music in several languages. They even have ukuleles.
View their Early Childhood Education and Children Resource catalog.
The Tunxis Early Childhood Professional Educators also have their own library in the Tunxis Early Childhood Education department. Childcare providers can contact Joyce at 860-773-1344 for access.
View their Lending Library catalog.
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032
Web Site: https://www.tunxis.edu/library/
YWCA New Britain’s Sexual Assault Crisis Service
YWCA New Britain's Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) covers a 46-town region, including Southington. They offer assistance to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. These services are critical after such trauma, helping victims and their families regain feelings of independence, optimism, and hope. The advocates on staff are trained to work with hospital staff, the court system, public safety officers and other counselors assisting their clients.
SACS offers free, confidential service for victims of sexual assault, including:
24-hour English and Spanish confidential hotlines with immediate access to trained, certified counselors
Bilingual, female and male counselors
Short-term, individual crisis counseling
Counseling in school settings. Children may be referred by school faculty or parent/guardian.
Accompaniment throughout medical, police, and court procedures
Information and referrals
Campus advocacy and training
Volunteer opportunities and state certified counselor training
YWCA New Britain, 19 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT
Phone: English: 1-888-999-5545, Spanish: 888-586-8332
Web Site: http://ywcanb.org/sexual-assault-crisis-services/