Generations Family Health Center | Willimantic, Norwich, Putnam and Danielson CT

November Nurturing Family Network Playgroup

Fall Nurturing Family Network Playgroup

Join us on November 20 from 3:30 to 5 pm at Nurturing Family Network Playgroup as we welcome Fall. Play Groups are designed for parents with children 0-5 who are looking for fun, interactive and educational activities

We will be making funny turkeys

Open to the public.

November 20, 3:30 - 5 pm

Generations Family Health Center 40 Mansfield Ave, Willimantic

To register please contact NING CRUZADO at 860-450-7471 ext 6304 OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dads Supporting Dads

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Dads Supporting Dads

Friday, December 20, 2019    

https://thechronicle.com/

CLAIRE GALVIN

CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER

WINDHAM/WILLIMANTIC — In the 21st century, modern dads are shifting from "babysitting" or " daddy duty," and instead trying to take an active role in their child’s development.

To help them, one local health center offers fatherhood classes, aptly named " 24/7 Dad."

The next session of 24/7 Dad starts Jan. 8 at the Generations Family Health Center in Willimantic.

The free, 12-week series on fatherhood is open to anyone who wants to improve their fathering skills, whether they are new dads, new stepdads, new foster or adopting dads or any male caregivers in general.

The course takes place Wednesdays from 4: 30 to 6: 30 p. m. at Generations at 40 Mansfield Ave., Willimantic.

Fatherhood Family Support Provider Travis West said, when he first started offering programs like these about six years ago, there were few programs designed for fathers.

" When I first became a dad, there wasn’t anything around for dads," West said. "Dads weren’t expected to do as much. Everything is geared toward moms. So it’s nice to see something geared toward dads."

West said, for example, when he did drop- off and pick- up at school, he used to get weird looks because he was the only father there.

The series covers many different topics new fathers may face, like discipline, communication and development issues. Other issues modern dads may face are covered, such as co-parenting for parents that may be separated or blended families.

Although the series covers these specific topics, fathers are encouraged to discuss any issues they may be working through.

" We’re never going to be perfect," West said. " We’re always going to grow and learn from each other."

For example, at one recent meeting, one father discussed how he and his child’s mother were going to " split" the holidays between each parent.

The dads also discussed Christmas shopping and what gifts their children requested.

Participants during that meeting explained why they wanted to enroll in the series.

"When I was growing up, my mom was a heavy alcoholic," Willimantic resident Jon Standish said. " I didn’t want to be like how my mom was, always aggressive, always abusive."

Standish has three children ages 5, 3 and 7 months old.

Windham resident Josh Williamson, father of a 14-month-old, said he signed up to hopefully learn better co- parenting skills.

" It’s an excellent education," Williamson said. " I want what’s best for my son, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to learn more."

The program is open to anyone, regardless of whether they are Generations patients.

West said, in addition to 24/ 7 Dad, the Doctor Dad workshop series teaches fathers health and safety for babies and toddlers.

The next Doctor Dad workshop will start Feb. 10 at 5 p. m. in the Willimantic WIC Office at the Access Community Action Agency at 1315 Main St.

In addition to fatherhood programs, West also offers a men’s group. The free group meets next Jan. 18 from 10 a. m. to 11: 30 a. m. at the Willimantic Generations.

The men’s group covers all issues that may relate to men, not just fathers.

These programs are offered through the Nurturing Families Network program from Generations.

For more information or to register for the programs, contact West at 860-450-7471, ext. 6308, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Nurturing Family Network January 20

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Nurturing Family Network January 2020

Join us on January 22 from 10:30 - Noon at Nurturing Family Network Playgroup as we celebrate January.

Play Groups are designed for parents with children 0-5 who are looking for fun, interactive and educational activities

  • We will be making Paper Bag Snowmen

Open to the public. Refreshments served.

These programs are offered through the Nurturing Families Network program from Generations.

Generations Family Health Center, 40 Mansfield Ave, Willimantic

For more information or to register for the programs, contact Carmen Alamo at 860-450-7471, ext. 6503

 

Fall Nurturing Family Network Playgroup

Fall Nurturing Family Network Playgroup

Join us on October 16 from 1:30 to 3:00 at Nurturing Family Network Playgroup as we welcome Fall. Play Groups are designed for parents with children 0-5 who are looking for fun, interactive and educational activities.

We will be making squishy paint autumn trees!

Open to the public.

October 16 

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Generations Family Health Center

40 Mansfield Ave, Willimantic

For any questions or to register, please call Travis at 860-450-7471 ext 6308

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SOCIAL SKILL BUILDING FOR BOYS & GIRLS BEGIN IN OCTOBER

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This group is to teach boys and girls about social skills, and to teach them skills to help improve their ability to make friends and maintain relationships. They will learn about a variety of communication skills (including non-verbal), expressing feelings, problem-solving skills, listening skills, and conflict management.

Beginning October 16 (10 weeks)

Wednesdays – 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Generations Family Health Center

40 Mansfield Ave, Willimantic

Costs can be covered by insurance
All potential participants must contact the group leader and be a behavioral health client.

To register or for more information call, Jacqueline Proulx, LMFT at 860-450-0585 ext 6287For any questions or to register, please call Milly Salgado-Alvarez at 860-450-7471 Ext 6502

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NURTURING FAMILY NETWORK PLAYGROUP

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JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, September 18 • 1:00 - 2:30 PM at NURTURING FAMILY NETWORK PLAYGROUP

Play Groups are designed for parents with children 0-5 who are looking for fun, interactive and educational activities. Open to the public.

Back to School Fun!

Please Note Different Location – The Willimantic Public Library, 905 Main St. 2nd Floor, Willimantic, CT.

For any questions or to register, please call Milly Salgado-Alvarez at 860-450-7471 Ext 6502

Appetizers & Refreshments Will Be Served

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This health center receives HHS funding and has Federal Public Health Service (PHS) deemed status with respect to certain health or health-related claims,
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