Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital
Community Support Services

Bright Beginnings Family Read

Bright Beginnings Family Read is a highly acclaimed literacy exploration program for parents who wish to build stronger relationships with their children. Organized around empowering themes and using multicultural literature, parents learn to use literature as a springboard for meaningful conversations with their children and improve their reading fluency and comprehension. Sessions are ten weeks long with lunch provided. Child care is provided on-site to assist parents in developing strong social bonds. Transportation is available upon request. Please contact Yania Padilla Sierra at 203.688.8164 for more information.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Yale-New Haven Hospital staff volunteer their time to provide clinical care to hundreds of patient-campers every summer at this camp located in Ashford, Conn. The camp, founded by Paul Newman, is a nonprofit residential camp for children with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders. Children 7- to 15-years-old attend free of charge. Programs are also provided for campers year-round, as well as for other seriously ill children, siblings, health care professionals, parents and teachers. For more information, call 860.429.3444.

Kohl's Caring Parents Program

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital has partnered with Kohl's to provide parenting education programs available to all sectors of the community. The topics range from injury prevention to nutrition and wellness. These programs are free of charge and can be tailored to suit your organization's needs. Please contact Yania Padilla Sierra at 203.688.8164 for more information.

Yale-New Haven Lead Program and Regional Treatment Center

This comprehensive center provides medical care, psychological and social services and educates lead-poisoned children and their families. The Lead Resource Center is the central location for services that extend beyond medical treatment. The center contains a resource library, children's library and a clothing closet where families can select new and gently used clothing. For more information, call 203.764.9106.

Nurturing Families Home Visiting Program

This program provides outreach workers who make home-based visits to vulnerable, first-time parents needing assistance in the challenges of parenthood for the first five years of their child's life. Comprehensive services such as individual and parenting needs, child development and wellness, family needs and linkage with appropriate community resources are provided. Families must receive their healthcare at Yale-New Haven Hospital's Women's Center and live in the Greater New Haven area. Prenatal parents or parents who have just delivered their first baby are screened for eligibility. For more information on this free and voluntary program, contact Anita Bonilla, BSW, 203.688.8165.

School-based Health Centers

Medical visits are important for growing children and teenagers, but work schedules and family pressures make it difficult to get kids to a doctor's appointment. Yale-New Haven Hospital serves students in its school-based health centers. Learn more.

Support Groups

Pediatric patients and their families are supported by a variety of groups and organizations. In addition to support groups facilitated by hospital social work staff, various interested individuals and organizations also provide support services.


"We're Special Too," a program for siblings, was created in 1995 by the Friends of the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital to meet the needs of the brothers and sisters of children with chronic or terminal illness or special health care needs. The program offers siblings 5- to 15-years-old monthly Sibshops based on the model created by Donald J. Meyer, director of the Sibling Support Project at the University of Washington. These workshops combine informal discussion with interactive educational activities in a fun-filled environment that is just for siblings. The workshops are led by a team of specially trained volunteer facilitators and health care providers. For more information, call 203.688.2334.

Women's, Infants and Children Program (WIC)

YNHH operates the largest WIC site in New Haven, serving 4,000 women and their children through this federal program. Beyond food vouchers, the WIC staff reaches out into the community to educate and counsel women and children at nutritional risk. For more information, call the WIC office, 203.688.5150.

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