Early Childhood


The first few years of life are vital for your child's long-term success. Wheeler is a national leader in early childhood issues and creates healthier beginnings through a continuum that engages young children and their families. We work with professionals, providers and the community on strategies to ensure children can learn and grow. This strong foundation promotes wellness and supports developmental success and healthy relationships with peers, teachers and your family.

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Birth to Three
Part of the Connecticut Birth to Three System, this family-centered, strengths-based program serves families with children under 3 years of age who have (or are at risk for) significant developmental delays or disabilities.
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Autism Spectrum Evaluation and Assessment
Serves children, ages 3 and older, and includes multidisciplinary autism spectrum diagnostic evaluation and assessment services. Offered at 91 Northwest Drive, Plainville, for Medicaid-enrolled families.
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Child First™
A no-cost intensive, therapeutic home visiting program that works with parents and families to help address emotional, behavioral or developmental challenges, as well as learning problems in young children, birth to 6.
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HealthySteps, a program of ZERO TO THREE, is a national evidence-based, pediatric primary care model that promotes healthy development for babies and toddlers and positive parenting. HealthySteps focuses on the importance of early screening and intervention for young children. Wheeler’s integrated pediatric health care team at the Hartford Family Health and Wellness Center is the first group in Connecticut to implement this model.
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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program
Wheeler Clinic’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Program supports families receiving services at Wheeler’s Hartford Family Health and Wellness Center (FHWC) whose children, prenatal to 12 years, have experienced trauma, and/or are at risk for, show early signs of, or have been diagnosed with developmental delays, a mental illness or Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
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Learning Enhancement Attachment-based Pre-school Program (LEAP)
Offers a trauma-informed therapeutic pre-school classroom for children between the ages of 2.9 and 5 years who live in New Britain. LEAP is a collaboration between Wheeler and the YWCA of New Britain and is located at the YWCA’s facility.
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Parent Connections
A no-cost, in-home service that provides information, support and guidance to families with young children, ages birth to 5, who have concerns about their young child’s progress, growth and development.
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Early Childhood Consultation Partnership®
An evidence-based early childhood mental health consultation program designed to meet the social and emotional needs of children, birth to 5, by offering support, education and consultation to daycare, pre-school and other educational settings that serve young children, as well as to their parents and other caregivers.
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Elm City Project LAUNCH
A pilot program serving the mental health needs of children, ages birth to 8, and their families, in the Dwight neighborhood of New Haven.


Marking the Spring Holiday Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Holidays such as Passover, Easter, and Ramadan are important observances during the early spring season. This year, the COVID-19 outbreak has changed how these holidays are celebrated in many corners of the world, prompting us to think more innovatively and creatively about how to foster connection with friends and loved ones.

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Talking with children about COVID-19

As parents try to wrap their heads around COVID-19, they must start thinking about how they will answer questions from their children and find ways to begin the conversation.

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An update from Wheeler about COVID-19.

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Family Storytelling Helps Prevent "Distracted Parenting"

Our phones, the TV, and the devices all around us make this an age of distraction. How can parents and caregivers of young children ensure their kids have the best experiences for growth and development? A Wheeler early childhood expert says that storytelling is one very effective method to reconnect with what matters.

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