Urban Alliance

Building Healthy Families

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302 Hackmatack Street
Manchester, CT 06040




Participant Since



  • thrive


Building Healthy Families fosters health in the families of Manchester by building capacity of parents. Their focus on the first three years of life is part of a wider effort to improve the first two decades of life for all young residents of Manchester. 


  • Bright Start for Families

    Bright Start for Families is a free 8-week workshop offered on Saturdays during the spring and fall for families with a child under the age of 4, and includes a full program for children birth to age 8. The workshop provides parents and caregivers with knowledge and skills related to enhancing their young child’s brain development by providing a language rich, safe, and secure environment for them to grow physically and emotionally strong through healthy eating, play and good discipline. Breakfast and lunch are included along with free diapers, books and toys.

  • Imagination Playground

    The Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space designed to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play which is essential for healthy development. When children's imaginations are engaged in active play they benefit physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. We can bring this play experience to your children’s programs.

  • Circle of Security

    Circle of Security Parenting Groups are designed to give parents a 'map’ for understanding and responding to their children’s emotional needs. Research shows that parents who are able do this in a loving and consistent way give their children an amazing start in life. This free learning experience runs for eight weeks and usually includes about six to twelve people per group. Each session is about 60-90 minutes long. Decades of research have confirmed that children with a strong and healthy relationship with their parents and other important adults in their life are best prepared to thrive.

  • Parenting Seminars

    Building Healthy Families offers a variety of seminar topics for both parents and others who serve young children such as Sunday School teachers, nursery volunteers and day care providers. Adult learning strategies are employed with practical applications, discussions, and activities to reinforce key ideas.