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
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
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
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
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
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/
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. Thus 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/