Based in West Hartford, Connecticut, the Bridge Family Center is a comprehensive, regional nonprofit agency that provides a broad range of services for children and families throughout the Greater Hartford area. Founded in 1969, the Bridge offers a safe haven for children and families in crisis as well as positive, healthy intervention and prevention programs. One of their main program areas is the Family Resource Center (FRC).
Family Resource Center
The Bridge Family Center, in partnership with Charter Oak Academy, established the Family Resource Center (FRC) to support the healthy development of families in the community. They serve about 950 children and parents in West Hartford each year. The West Hartford school district minority population has grown to 39% today, with 20% of students coming from homes where English is not the primary spoken language. In the lowest-income neighborhoods, 51% of students qualify for free or reduced price lunch and are one to three grade levels behind children raised in other West Hartford neighborhoods.
FRC provides an integrated system of family support services that enhance parenting, promote family involvement with the schools, and help children to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. Various programs are offered to both children and adults and families. Some of the programs offered include:
- Early and Family Literacy
- Summer preschool
- Family Counseling
- English for Families classes
- Social-skills groups
- Early-intervention programs at West Hartford Elementary Schools
- Diversity and equity training for parents and educators in town
- plus many more
One way to get involved with the Bridge Family Center is to attend the Children’s Charity Ball, held every January. Enjoy a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, as well as live and silent auctions and a fun night of dancing at this black-tie affair. Stay tuned for details and follow Bridge Family Center on Facebook, or check their website!