Welcome to the first edition of The Child & Family Guidance Center's new monthly e-newsletter.
New program focuses on helping young families succeed and thrive
Young families in Greater Bridgeport have a new option for holistic and culturally informed support services, thanks to an expanded program offered by The Child & Family Guidance Center (CFGC) and funded through Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood (OEC).
The Greater Bridgeport Home Visiting Partnership (GBHVP) — funded through a grant from OEC — builds upon existing home visiting services for the Greater Bridgeport area. CFGC is leading the program, in collaboration with a partner team at Bridgeport Hospital.
Teneika Brown, MSW, is the Director of GBHVP and explains that the program’s ultimate goal is helping parents to create a stable, healthy environment for their children. For some families, that can mean overcoming challenges entirely unrelated to child development.
“If someone is facing eviction or their electricity has been shut off, they don’t want to talk about child development and play,” Brown said. “In GBHVP, we have ways to help families through those kinds of challenges and then we can focus on building upon the existing strengths and culture unique to every family.”
In addition to offering weekly home visits to families, case management and monthly parent groups, GBHVP includes the addition of a fatherhood home visitor and offers prenatal and postpartum mothers the option of working with a doula through Connecticut Community Doulas.