YWCA and Partners Expand Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Services

Thanks to funding from the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), YWCA New Britain and The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) are expanding Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting services in New Britain.

PAT is an evidence-based program that helps families learn about child development, health and safety, and strong family foundations. HOCC’s Family Enrichment Center is one of 20 agencies in Connecticut offering weekly PAT home visits, supporting parents any time from pregnancy to when their child enters kindergarten. The goals of the program are to improve birth outcomes for babies and mothers, and improve child development and parenting practices.

Through the new OEC funding, the Central Connecticut Family Literacy Center at the YWCA will be hiring a Family Support Provider. The provider will conduct weekly PAT home visits with members of New Britain’s Arabic-speaking community to help increase family interactions and get children ready for school.

“The YWCA values our partnership with members of the Islamic community and with The Hospital of Central Connecticut,” said YWCA New Britain Executive Director Tracey Madden-Hennessey. “We are pleased that this funding will allow us to expand the services of The Central Connecticut Family Literacy Center, supporting parents and enhancing the development of young children from birth.”