Early Childhood

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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.

For Children

For Parents

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FOR CHILDREN

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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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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HELPING PARENTS SUCCEED

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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Circle of Security® Parenting Program
A six- to eight-session group intervention for parents of young children, ages birth to 8, designed to help parents better understand and respond to their child’s emotional needs; help their child manage their emotions and behaviors; and increase parents’ understanding of the importance of secure attachment for healthy child growth and development.
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Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
An in-home, evidence-based program that provides parents with the skills they need to be self-sufficient in their parenting.
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RELATED SERVICES

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.



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Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

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