896 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-1901
Phone: 860-244-9944

Program Description

Asylum Hill Family Center is part of the Brighter Futures Initiative of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. It is designed by parents and community residents of Asylum Hill as a vehicle to strengthen and empower families through family literacy, as well as to enhance the ability of parents/caregivers to improve the school readiness of their children.

Services Provided

Some of the programs, activities and services offered include:

  • Parent/Child Interaction
    • Dinner & A Story: Families participate in structured literacy activities together, share a meal together and participate in “family meeting,” which is a purposeful discussion highlighting the activities that occurred that evening.
    • Pre-School Play Yard: Preschoolers and their parents/caregivers participate in creative enrichment activities.
  • Parent Support & Development
    • A site of the Nurturing Families Network, a program of the Department of Social Services, Children’s Trust Fund
    • Family Enrichment Services, a program of the Department of Children and Families
  • Health and Wellness
    • Fitness/Health and Wellness programming such as Zumba classes
  • Services to Supportive Housing
    • Cathedral Green, a supportive housing facility, takes a community-based approach to service as each family is able to receive support from Catholic Charities Asylum Hill Family Center located several blocks away. Services provided to residents will include parenting skill building, advocacy/ empowerment, job training and support, homeownership training, money management/budgeting classes, peer support groups, marital/couple counseling, group counseling, medical evaluations, individual counseling, and child support services.
  • Connecting Families to the Community
    • Family Chat: Provides families with workshops on community resources and training on a variety of topics including parenting, health and nutrition, HUSKY health insurance, child development, child care, money management, cultural diversity, as well as other topics requested by parents.
    • Computer Lab and Adult Education Classes


The programs and services of the Family Center are open to all regardless of religion, race, income or marital status.

Contact Us

896 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105-1901
Fax: 860-244-9943

Available Services

Family Support and Strengthening Services, Basic Needs, Family Centers, Fatherhood Support
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