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Family Development and Support

The Family Development and Support Services (FDSS) program helps families with young children learn about their child’s development, develop strong attachments, and learn easy and effective parenting techniques. We partner with parents and caregivers and support their parenting through evidence-based home visiting, parenting groups, family workshops and connections to community resources. Children in FDSS programs are screened for developmental delays and, if needed, are referred for further services.


FDSS aims to strengthen families and reduce incidents of child maltreatment. We help parents and caregivers learn positive parenting techniques which support attachment and reduce children’s challenging behaviors. FDSS staff also connects families to community resources and can help with basic needs.

Core values & vision

In the Family Development and Support Services at CCP we envision a world in which children are safe, happy, and healthy, and are cared for by nurturing adults who help them reach their full potential. The conviction that every person, whether a child or adult, has strengths, is in the core of our service delivery. We help families build on those strengths to address their challenges and achieve their goals.

The Programs

Home Visiting: Family Check Up (FCU) The FCU Collaborative of Connecticut, comprised of Family Centered Services of CT (lead agency), the New Haven Department of Health, and CCP, is funded through the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.

FCU is an evidence-based, family-centered home visiting program for families with children ages 2-6. With 30 years of evidence demonstrating positive effects, it promotes positive family management and is adaptive and tailored to address the specific needs of each child and family.

The program has two phases:

  1. Family Check-Up, which involves an initial assessment and feedback. The FCU Fatherhood component offers gender specific services to fathers and male caregivers. FCU home visiting is offered in both English and Spanish. ® Family Check-Up is a federally registered trademark owned by the University of Oregon.
  2. Everyday Parenting (parent management training), which focuses on positive behavior support, healthy limit-setting, and relationship building.

Parenting Groups Parenting groups are offered in community settings. All parents, regardless of their child’s age, are welcome to attend. Parenting groups offer the following parenting models:

  • Circle of Security Parenting (COSP)
  • Nurturing Parenting
  • Make Parenting a Pleasure
  • Parenting Workshops in the Community: FDSS partners with community programs and residential facilities and offers workshops for their program participants. These workshops are focused on child development, supporting early literacy, child health and safety and more.

Pre2Three and Beyond Network: FDSS is home to the Pre2Three and Beyond Network, which brings together providers and parents from the Greater New Haven area. The goal of the network is to increase and enhance community connections and partnerships by providing opportunities for those who work with and care for young children to come together and learn from each other.