Benefit Golf Tournament Coming on May 11

golferThe local affiliate of Business Network International (BNI RiverEast) is holding its 4th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Building Healthy Families on Monday, May 11, 2015.  Topstone Country Club in South Windsor will be the venue.  Register by mail or FAX or online via PayPal.

Building Healthy Families depends on financial support from individuals, local institutions and businesses to provide the BrightStartâ„¢ workshop for parents of young children without charge.  As you support Building Healthy Families, you contribute to the future of Manchester's children and families and directly to the future of Manchester!

Download the flyer for details and sponsorship opportunities.


Spring 2015 BrightStart

BrightStartâ„¢ Begins March 7th!

The BrightStart experience is for families of toddlers (up through four years old) and their brothers and sisters up through seven years old.  The facebook logochildren enjoy a rich social experience guided by our expert early childhood team. Children 3-7 participate in active, age-appropriate play, while they experience arts, crafts, music and games. We have a well staffed nursery for infants through 2 years. Our Spring Workshop is full.


Are you expecting a baby or raising a child up through four years old?  You're invited! Remember, you are your child's first and best teacher!

Parents receive tools proven to help their children succeed in school and life.  Come and learn how to increase your child's attention span, develop a strong emotional bond with your baby, and boost your child's brain development and language skills. Topics include:

Read more: Spring 2015 BrightStart

Imagination Playground and Parent Coaching

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The Imagination Playground will open Saturday February 14 and 21 from 10am - 12 noon at the East Side Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street, Manchester CT.  Come bring your children and play!  Open to children ages 2-10 accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The big blue blocks encourage free, cooperative play, and lots of FUN!
Parents may participate in a parent coaching group lead by Karen Tullson from the BrightStartWorkshop, a certified Leadership Parenting Coach.  Topics include: how to stop yelling, effective discipline, setting limits.   Please park in the Nathan Hale School lot across the street. Please check our facebook page for updates.  Feel free to come either week or both, no registration needed.  You can also register for the BrightStart Workshop.


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

95% of ALL children can learn to read at the proficient level.

Healthy Eating

Make half your grains every day, whole grains. Choose whole grain breads, pasta and brown rice. Focusing on increasing the fiber in your diet will help prevent diabetes, cancer and weight gain.

Family Fun

Northwest Park at 448 Tolland Turnpike in Manchester, is a large, beautiful park perfect for a family outing. There are hiking trails, a large playground, observation deck overlooking Union Pond and sporting fields. Visit Manchester Recreation for directions.