Prevention & Early Intervention

Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP)

The Early Childhood Consultation Program (ECCP) identifies and meets the social, educational and emotional needs of children from birth through age 5. Consultation in early childhood settings is provided by a mental health professional to help care for the needs of young children.

Nurturing Families Network (NFN)

The Nurturing Families Network (NFN) offers a continuum of preventative services for prenatal and first-time parents. NFN is funded by the State of CT Office of Early Childhood and The Exchange Club Family Life Foundation and is designed to reduce parental risk factors for child abuse and neglect.

Research shows that parents who participate in NFN programs have increased knowledge of child development, enhanced parenting skills, improved parenting attitudes, increased likelihood to reach their academic or employment goals, and increased awareness of community resources. The program is offered to first-time parents who are pregnant or have a child less than 3 months of age and can last up to the first child’s 5th birthday.

Services include:

  • Nurturing Parent Groups discuss topics such as parenting skills, prenatal care, and fathering.
  • Home Visiting Program includes weekly home visits focused on increasing parent’s knowledge of child development and increasing the wellness and stability of the family.

Community Support for Families (CSF)

Community Support for Families (CSF) is implemented as part of the CT Department of Children and Families Differential Response System. CSF is a family-driven, strengths-based, culturally responsive program that assists families in accessing community services utilizing a ‘Wraparound’ philosophy to resolve challenges and stressors and prevent further child protection service involvement. The CSF staff use clinical and community systems knowledge to advocate for services, assist the family in developing an individualized service plan, coordinate and monitor implementation of that plan. With the help of the CSF staff, the family invites service providers and natural supports to participate in ‘Child & Family Team’ meetings to ensure successful implementation of their plan. A Parent Navigator is available as needed to augment services by providing support, education and advocacy to families.

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is open to families that are involved with or referred by the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF). Eligible families must live in the greater Waterbury area, including: Waterbury, Beacon Falls, Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Southbury, Wolcott and Woodbury. Positive Parenting Program is an evidence-based model, developed by University of Queensland, to provide an in-home parent education curriculum along with the support and guidance so that parents will become resourceful problem solvers and be able to create a positive and safe home learning environment for children to develop emotional, behavioral and cognitive strengths. The program also offers case management services and Circle of Security (COS) interventions to families with the goal of improving parent/caregiver overall functioning and ability to care for their children, as well as to create a positive and safe home learning environment for children to develop emotional, behavioral and cognitive strengths.

Care Coordination (CC)

Care Coordination (CC) is a family-focused, culturally competent model that serves families with a child that has behavioral health needs in managing multiple community services. Using the ‘Wraparound model,’ emphasis is placed on the current strengths and needs of the family. The Care Coordinator uses knowledge of community services to advocate for the family and assist them in developing an individualized service plan. With help from the Care Coordinator, the family invites service providers and natural supports to participate in ‘Child and Family Team’ meetings to ensure a successful outcome. A Family Advocate is also available to provide support.

School-Based Health Services

School-based health services promote the social, emotional, physical, and academic well being of students. Services include individual, group and family therapy, as well as early intervention, so that students are able to overcome roadblocks to meeting educational objectives.