Resources for parents and educators in Southington, Plantsville, Marion and Milldale
Parenting Education & Support
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/
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/
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
A Library and Resource Center providing information on substance use and mental health disorders, prevention and health promotion, treatment and recovery, wellness and other related topics.
Web Site: https://www.ctclearinghouse.org/
Cornerstone Counseling Center
Cornerstone Counseling Center offers psychotherapeutic services to individuals, couples and families presenting with a wide variety of needs.
1460 Meriden Waterbury Tpke
Plantsville, CT 06479
209 Main St Suite 1-A
Web Site: https://www.cornerstonecounselingct.com/
Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP)
The ECCP is a state funded program and is provided at no cost to parents and early childcare centers. The ECCP offers consultation to parents and early childhood educators to promote children’s social and emotional development for children birth to age five. , Contact Julie Condit, LPC, NCC, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: http://www.eccpct.com/
ECCP Phone Intervention Service
Are you feeling challenged with power struggles at home?
Does your child seem shy, withdrawn, or fearful?
Are you wondering why “time out” or punishment isn’t working?
Does your child seem to get angry or upset out of nowhere?
ECCP can provide phone support at no cost to discuss strategies & resources on temper tantrums, morning and bedtime routines, challenging behaviors, defiance, power struggles, and much, much more.
Contact your ECCP consultant for more information:
Julie Condit, LPC
The Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP) is a state and federal funded program aimed at improving the overall social and emotional health and social skills of children birth to age 5. Masters level consultants work with directors, principals, teachers, and parents to identify strengths and find strategies which will promote positive outcomes for young children. This service is provided at no cost to you!
Web Site: http://www.eccpct.com
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
Hop Brook Counseling Center
Hop Brook Counseling Center is a group or licensed mental health practitioners of varying specialties and can provide support to individuals and families of all ages and mental health needs.
They have video telehealth sessions for those who are seeking support, but are following social distancing guidelines and are not able to come into our offices. They have therapists available to provide counseling as well as a nurse practitioner who can provide more thorough psychiatric evaluations for those in need. This can all be done from the comfort and safety of the patients own home. All providers are in-network with Aetna, Anthem BC/BS, Cigna and Husky health networks*.*(individual telehealth coverage may vary) Patients can self refer directly by calling 860-259-4282 or by emailing email@example.com.
1187 Queen St
Southington, CT 06489
Web Site: http://www.hopbrookcc.com
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/
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: http://lactationservicesofsouthington.com/
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 email@example.com or Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
They are currently meeting virtually.
Web Site: http://www.psictchapter.com
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: https://www.southington.org/departments/youth_services/index.php
The Center for Children with Special Needs
The Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN) is an interdisciplinary clinic specializing in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of people with complex neurodevelopmental disabilities, focusing especially on children with autism and related disorders. To answer the growing needs of our community, CCSN now offers a full spectrum of care with new clinical treatment offerings through CCSN Behavioral Health.
Some of their services include intake and assessment, intervention services, individual and group/family therapies, specialized treatment cliics, social skill groups, family training and support, occupational therapy, and more.
2300 Main Street
Web Site: https://www.ccsnct.org/
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/
Wheeler is a community health center, providing addiction services and drug treatment, behavioral and mental healthcare, and primary care, as well as a wide range of specialty care. Their outpatient locations are in Hartford, Bristol, New Britain, Waterbury, and Plainville, Connecticut, and more than 100 community-based programs cover the entire state.
Programs for Children and Adolescents include:
Pediatrics and Dental Care
Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Treatment
Youth Justice Services
Family & Child Welfare
Prevention Resources for Individuals and Families
They also offer Centers of Excellence - Addiction and Child & Adolescent Services and Foster Care Programs.
Through a grant, Wheeler had a dedicated Community Health Outreach Coordinator for Southington. That position is not currently filled.
Web Site: https://www.wheelerclinic.org/