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Parent & Child Center

The Parent & Child Center at Bristol Hospital
In Partnership with Connecticut District Exchange
The Parent & Child Center at Bristol Hospital
9 Prospect Street, Bristol
The Parent and Child Center at Bristol Hospital has a special goal, which centers on the important concept of "Family Life Works." Our primary focus is on prevention of child abuse, neglect and family violence by providing support systems for families. Our programs are designed to target several areas that have been identified as crucial to developing strong, nurturing families:
  • stress/anger management
  • family finances
  • child development
  • communication skills
  • effective discipline
  • planning/decision-making skills
The Parent and Child Center at Bristol Hospital is actively looking for volunteers for several of its programs. If you would like to volunteer, please call 860.585.3481.
Our mission is:
  • To promote and support healthy families through education and resources that help them understand how to work together to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for children to live and grow.
  • To increase public awareness about child safety, community resources, and family life through events, workshops, mentoring and referrals.
  • To collaborate with service providers to sustain ongoing agency networking, ensuring that the needs of every family are met and child abuse and neglect are prevented.

Parent Support Center

Families can "drop in" during program hours to discuss struggles and challenges in their lives. Utilizing our Resource Library, parents can:
  • find information on an issue encountered with a child
  • learn about services available to the community
  • obtain referrals to community agencies
  • have a "listening ear" from our qualified and skilled staff or volunteers
The Resource Library also includes books and videos that illustrate ideas for dealing with specific child behaviors and parenting issues.

The Caring Closet

Our Caring Closet offers basic need items – diapers, wipes, baby food, clothing and other baby items – to low-income clients. The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis. All items are supplied through community donations and may not always be in stock. Call The Parent and Child Center at Bristol Hospital at 860.585.3481 for more information about signing up for this program.  Current drop-in hours for 2015 are:
  • Monday                     1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday              11:30 am – 1 pm
  • Thursday                  10 am – 11:30 am

The Nurturing Families Network

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. Nurturing Connections provides phone-based support prenatally to up to 6 months. Home visits help expectant and new parents learn to care for their baby and adjust to being a parent. Focus groups bring expectant and new parents together to support each other, share experiences and work together to become the best parents they can be.  All services are free.  Families must enroll within 90 days following the birth of their first child.

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 program is proactive in responding to parenting and child development issues.  Program participants must be referred by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and can receive up to 16 weeks of services.


The Family Life Works Program

The Family Life Works Program provides parenting education and child development classes throughout Connecticut. Topics include a variety of family life issues, such as child development and positive parenting (prenatal through college-age children). Classes are offered to the community through the Center's Program Guide and the hospital’s Pathways catalog. The center also contracts with child care facilities, family resource centers and other non-profits throughout the state to provide programming to families.
Current community offerings can be viewed by clicking here or call the Center at 860.585.3481 to request a copy of our current Program Guide.  Past classes include the following topics, plus many more: 
  • Newborn and Infant Care Techniques
  • Disciplining Your Toddler
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
  • Handling Children's Anger
  • Transforming the Difficult Child
  • The Explosive Child
  • Positive Parenting of Pre-Teens and Teenagers

The Family Wellness Program


The Family Wellness Program’s goal is to prevent childhood obesity by promoting family nutrition and healthy physical activity for low-income families.  Program components include:
  • Nutrition Education:  This multi-week, cooking-based program teaches families to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget.  Instructors teach life-long cooking skills, practical nutrition skills, and food budgeting strategies that can be implemented right away.  
  • Cooking Matters in the Store:  This 2-hour class teaches parents how to shop for healthy, affordable food choices on a budget that maximizes their SNAP and/or WIC benefits.  The course ends with a $10 shopping challenge in which participants must purchase a healthy meal for a family of four.  
  • Kids Cook: Families have the opportunity to prepare and try low-cost, healthy snacks that kids can prepare on their own or with minimal adult supervision.  Nutritional guidelines and healthy portion sizes will be included.  
  • Gardening for Health:  This class offers families, many living in urban settings without access to land, the opportunity to learn how to grow healthy, nutritious food.  Each participant will receive the materials and guidance needed to grow their own food.  
  • Fitness Classes:  Classes will increase healthy, physical activity in families.

Home-Based Parent Education Services

This program provides intensive in-home parenting education services for families who are either not appropriate for group-based classes or need additional services as mandated by the courts or the Department of Children and Families.  The program is fee-for-service.  For our current rates or to refer a family for services, please call 860.585.3481.

The Parent and Child Center is located at 9 Prospect Street, Bristol. For information about our programs, to request a copy of our current Program Guide, find out about our latest offerings, or for more information on any of the services listed above, please call 860.585.3481.

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