A Pilot Program taught 20 parents about community services, supports, and events and how to share that information with other parents in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces The six week program, run by Danbury’s Promise for Children Partnership included information about how to best share information with other parents about services to help families raise healthy children and support their learning.
The Community Messengers program is based on the premise that most parents learn about community resources by talking with other parents they know and trust. The Partnership hopes that participants will spread the word and refer parents to the services they need. While the six formal weeks of training has ended, the Community Messengers will continue to meet on a monthly basis to keep up to date on resources and opportunities for families.
Each weekly session covered a particular topic including: how to find childcare, how to access health and behavioral health services, finding recreational activities, services for special needs children, and how to find financial resources. Each session featured speakers from various agencies and programs in the City.
This summer, the Community Messengers will be manning tables at family-oriented events sponsored by the Danbury Library, as well as at the Danbury Downtown Farmer’s Market and other venues frequented by parents. They will be distributing information about the Summer Meals program, the free Imagination Library book program, the Help Me Grow program, and other programs that support families with young children.
If funding is available, another six week session will be conducted next year for a new group of parents.