The BrightStart Parenting Workshop

BrightStart™ is a parenting workshop for parents and other caregivers of young children (pre-natal through 4 years old). Our Learn & Play Kid’s Program is play-based and offers infants through 8 year olds opportunities to learn and have fun while developing listening and attention skills. BrightStart is administered by Building Healthy Families, a nonprofit organization in Manchester, CT.

The purpose:

The purpose of The BrightStart™ Parenting Workshop is to raise the capacities of parents–to enhance their young children’s brain development– by providing a language rich, safe, and secure environment for them to grow physically and emotionally strong through healthy eating, play, and good discipline. 

We offer:

We offer 8 weeks of practical training based on the latest science and old-fashioned love, nurture, and encouragement. The workshop is designed to promote a sense of community. There are times for parent sharing and discussion to support and encourage one another. In addition, we provide family style nutritious meals and some material resources for parents, including age appropriate books and toys. During the morning the infants through 8-year-olds engage in educational play with a well-trained and dedicated staff.

The 8-week BrightStart™ Parenting Workshop uses the structure of ABCD's of good Discipline.  A is for Attention, B is for Bonding, C is for Communication, and D is for Diet. The ABCD's are the building blocks every baby needs for healthy development and good discipline. Parents learn about brain development and how you can nurture your child's brain. Discipline uses all of the ABCD’s through parent leadership of teaching limits with love. During the course parents learn skills to increase their child's executive function including their attention span, develop strong emotional attachments, boost verbal skills and promote physical health.  Everything about BrightStart™ is geared to help parents raise happy healthy children for the brightest start possible!


Volunteers run The BrightStart™Parenting Workshop. Tasks include: meal preparation, set-up, serving meals, welcome team, outreach, photography, administrative and organizing behind the scenes, working with the children, making craft kits, puppets or blocks, and parent training and engagement. It takes 30-50 volunteers for a successful 8-week parenting workshop session.

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Help with the Imagination Playground!

Imagination Playground is a breakthrough block-based system designed to transform children's lives through play.  Through the generosity of Building Healthy Families' supporters, an Imagination Playground was introduced at our Kids' Fair in September 2012!  And through our partnership with the the Office of Neighborhoods and Families, we have use of space for the playground.

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But we still need volunteers to help supervise the playground.  Are you the kind of person who wants to make an investment in the lives of children in your community?  Watch this video to learn how the Imagination Playground helps children develop what they need to succeed in school and in life.  It only takes a few hours on a Saturday to give kids a life-changing opportunity to grow and have fun.    Sign up here or call us at 860.375.0121 to find out more.  Check out our facebook page to see if the Imagination Playground will be open this week.




About Babies

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Healthy Eating

Choose lean proteins and include beans, nuts and seeds in your meals. Prepare vegetarian meals at least twice a week. Use fish, eggs, beans and cheese as a low fat alternatives to meat.

Family Fun

The Imagination Playground runs on most Saturday mornings at the Neighborhood Resource Center at 153 Spruce Street in Manchester.  Watch for the signs outside to know when it is open!