About Building Healthy Families
Who We Are
Building Healthy Families, Inc. is a Manchester, CT 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the purpose of promoting healthy development of infants and toddlers. We are a group of people from widely diverse professional backgrounds. Our expertise ranges from medicine, counseling, and business to education, parenting, literacy and child development. Most of the people involved in Building Healthy Families are members and friends of Trinity Covenant Church and you may already know some of us!! We are committed to touching Manchester families with young children with God's love. You can learn more about us at our website, bhfct.org.
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A Christian Ministry
In the gospel of Mark, Jesus expressed the greatest commandment like this... "The most important commandment is this: 'Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.' The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31, New Living Translation)
Building Healthy Families is a non-profit Christian organization. We seek to follow the teaching of Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves by equipping parents and other care-givers to provide the kind of nurture children require for healthy development. The earliest years of a child's life are crucial for his or her future and we believe the adults in a baby's life have an irreplaceable opportunity to give their baby a healthy start.
We are convinced that Biblical faith must have practical expression. By serving others, we bring the love of God to them in Jesus' name. This includes the resources of time, expertise, life experience and personal friendship. Jesus blessed the children broguht to Him. We want to do the same!
Building Healthy Families provides opportunities for the members and friends of Trinity Covenant Church to put their convictions, faith and love into action. We hope you'll join us in this ministry!
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The home environment powerfully affects the healthy development of infants and toddlers. Studies have shown the early years of childhood are crucial in establishing a strong foundation for success in school and later life. Our program equips expectant parents and parents with children up to three years old with the knowledge and skills to provide a nurturing home. To do this, we offer the BrightStart™ workshop at no cost for Manchester parents, so we depend on qualified volunteers and the generous financial support of people like you. Our goal of giving every child a bright start will be realized when every baby raised in Manchester reaches his or her developmental milestones and is prepared physically, socially and emotionally for optimal learning in pre-school, kindergarten, and beyond.
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The BrightStart™ workshop is organized around four key elements, or ABCDs, of healthy child development: Attention, Bonding, Communication, and Diet. We emphasize the importance of good nutrition, emotional security, and proper discipline to help babies and toddlers learn. In our workshop, we follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. An important literacy component empowers parents to read regularly to their children and develop a desire in children to read for themselves.
The BrightStart™ workshop takes place on eight consecutive Saturday mornings. Each session begins and ends with a nutritious meal for the whole family followed by weekly discussion topics for parents. Parents take home resources including: age appropriate books, toys, and safety items. During the workshop, infants to 3-year-old children and their older siblings engage in educational play with our carefully screened, trained and supervised staff of volunteers.
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Why We Are Committed to the Mission of Building Healthy Families
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Who Can Help
Who can help? Who has real hope? Christians. God has given each follower of Jesus at Trinity Covenant Church a special gift to use in service to others. What's yours?
organization, finance, write grants, publicity
meal preparation, greeters
help parents develop pre-literacy skills in their children; lead mentoring groups for parents after the BrightStart Workshop
care for children in an educational play setting, make toys, puppets, etc.
set up, clean up, clerical support
attend the class with your baby and build lasting relationships with other families. Canvass the neighborhood and encourage families to attend the BrightStart Workshop run by Building Healthy Families.
gather donated materials, give financially
Look and pray for how you can experience hands-on involvement on one or more Saturdays!
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How You Can Partner with Us
Building Healthy Families depends on qualified volunteers, the partnership of community organizations and the generous financial support of individuals and local businesses. As you support Building Healthy Families, you contribute to the future of Manchester's children and families and to the future of Manchester!
Pray with us...
• that God will provide the resources needed for a successful BrightStart Workshop beginning March 3.
• for fruitful ministry, that lives of families and children will be changed, forever.
• for everyone involved in the workshop and behind the scenes.
• for the workshop participants; that they will be open to growth and change.
• for effective means of follow-up with families who participate in the workshop.
Serve with Us...
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Saturday Serving Teams
Putting on the BrightStartTM Workshop takes many people giving a modest amount of their time and energy. Saturday Serving Teams provide support for the Saturday morning workshop.
Each Saturday Serving Team is composed of 4-5 people who each have very clear and specific responsibilities related to the workshop. Some of the tasks include:
Set Up Team
This team moves our workshop equipment from storage at Nathan Hale School to the cafeteria and various rooms used for the workshop and serves breakfast to our guests.
Take Down Team
This team serves lunch to our guests and after the workshop returns the equipment to storage and makes sure our space is clean after the workshop is finished and our guests have left.
This team is composed of several people, much like our Community Dinner Night teams that prepare lunch. Some help with food purchases while others prepare and deliver lunch.
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Staying in Touch
Sign up for Building Healthy Families' e-newsletter, We're Talkin' Baby Talk. It's that easy.
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