Child & Family Development services gives support and guidance to families and their young children. This program focuses on the critical early years of a child’s life, birth to age 5, to support strong foundations for future success. Our trained staff educates parents so they can build that strong foundation for their family’s growth. All programs are offered free of charge in English and Spanish to families in the Greater Norwalk area and are on a voluntary basis. Services are primarily home-based and include the following:
The Fatherhood Initiative
In addition to the traditional home visiting services, Family & Children's Agency offers a fatherhood component to expecting fathers and first-time fathers. The fatherhood home visitor works to increase the participation of fathers in the lives of their child, increase the fathers’ knowledge about their child’s developmental needs, and promote bonding and attachment between fathers and their child (ren).
Parents As Teachers (PAT)
Parents As Teachers is a voluntary family education and support program based on the philosophy that parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers. PAT works with families prenatally until children enter Kindergarten and provides the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the critical early development years. Through ongoing home visits, FCA parent educators provide curriculum-based activities to encourage positive parent/child interactions and promote healthy development, while also connecting families to community resources.
Maternal Outreach Mentoring Service (MOMS)
The Maternal Outreach Mentoring Service program provides home visitation services designed to strengthen families through teaching positive parenting skills, promoting healthy child development and empowering mothers to become self-sufficient. The program serves pregnant and/or parenting women with at least one child under the age of eight years, in need of family strengthening services. The program works with families individually through home visiting services, but also offers a group component to provide psycho-education and reduce social isolation among families.
If you are interested in participating in any of the parenting programs listed above, please fill out the Family & Children's Agency Referral Form or contact Margaret Woglom at 203-855-8765.