Parent Education and Support

Stratford Parents' Place will be closed from June 19-August 16, 2024. If you need support during the summer please use the following links:

Social, Emotional & Parenting Support

  • 211 of Connecticut: 2-1-1 is the confidential, free, 24-hour a day, and multilingual way to locate hundreds of human services in your area

  • Stratford Community Services: Providing clinical and social services, linking residents to resources, and planning and coordinating partnerships and initiatives. Core services include youth and family counseling, social services, child and youth development, substance abuse prevention, and advocacy.

  • The Hub: Behavioral Health Action Organization for Southwestern CT: the state-designated Regional Behavioral Health Action Organization (RBHAO) serving Southwest Connecticut. A regional resource supporting and coordinating mental health, suicide awareness, substance use prevention and problem gambling efforts in the 14 communities from Greenwich through Greater Bridgeport and serving as the liaison between the region and state.

  • Connecticut State Department of Children and Families Parenting Support Services: Parenting Support Services (PSS) is a service for families with children 0-18 years of age to support and enhance positive family functioning. PSS offers the evidenced-based model, Level 4 Triple P (Positive Parenting Program®) and the Circle of Security Parenting© intervention.

Accessing Necessities and Housing

  • 211 of Connecticut: 2-1-1 is the confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, and multilingual way to locate hundreds of human services in your area. Resources include transportation, housing, food, diapers, and more.

  • Sterling House Resource Connection Services: Emergency food assistance is provided to individuals and families. A variety of food, toiletries, diapers, and pet food is available. Clients can visit the pantry once per month unless circumstances warrant this to be more often.

  • South End Community Center: Food pantry, tax assistance, back-to-school support, etc.

  • Stratford Eats: Food pantries and resources in Stratford.

Stratford Parents' Place Supports and Services

For information on any of the following programs, please call us at 203-381-6992.

  • Parent and Child Activity Groups

    led by Parent Educators certified in use of the Parents as Teachers curriculum, for registered families: parents and children up to age five. Families engage in fun learning activities, arts & crafts, circle time with books, music, and snack time

    . Parents learn about child development and share experiences

    with other parents


  • Baby Time provides an opportunity for parents to share the joys and challenges of baby’s first year. Discussion topics important to the first year of life are discussed.

  • Grandparents Group is a time just for grandparents and their grandchildren ages 1-5 to spend quality time together and enjoy specialized activities and group discussions.

  • Open Centers provides an informal space for families to meet and explore materials, with opportunities to support developmental skills and build relationships.

  • Parent Line is a telephone consultation service that puts parents in touch with a Parent Educator, whatever your question or need is. We offer practical tips on parenting, answer child development questions, or provide referrals for services to meet your family's social, medical, financial, emotional, and educational needs.  203-381-6992

  • Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a program for families with children from birth to sixth grade that provides child development information and support through personal visits with a Certified Parent Educator.

  • Early Developmental Screenings are available for parents of children birth through age five. SPP uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) to identify a child’s strengths and areas of concern, educate parents about developmental milestones, and incorporate parents’ own knowledge about their children. Families are invited to access this screening through the Sparkler App. Directions can be found here:

    Sparkler App

  • Adult/Continuing Education information is available about programming offered by Stratford Continuing Education and Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut.

  • The Healing Library 

    is a series of theme-related kits designed to help families with healing in a healthy way during periods of trauma by teaching parents the skills of looking critically at picture books and utilizing them to communicate with children. Available at SPP or the Stratford Library Children's Department.

  • Parents SEE (Parents Supporting Excellence in Education) is a 13-session parent leadership training program offered FREE to parents, foster parents and grandparents of children pre-kindergarten through grade six in the Stratford Public School system. Click here for more information.

  • Raising Highly Capable Kids is a 12-week evidence-based parenting program developed to build stronger families by empowering parents with the confidence, tools, and skills they need to raise healthy, caring, and responsible children. The program increases parents’ knowledge and skill level of the essential building blocks every child needs — the 40 Developmental Assets from Search Institute, which are proven to increase childhood resiliency and academic achievement. For more information, please call us at (203) 381-6992.