Save the Date for the Fair Haven Family Stroll and Festival on April 30

The Friends Center for Children (FCFC) and Elm City Montessori School will host the Sixth Annual Fair Haven Family Stroll & Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Quinnipiac River Park in Fair Haven. This annual family event aims to educate the New Haven community on the benefits of high-quality early childhood education and create a space for family fun. Families and members of the extended New Haven community are invited to participate in a stroll around the river beginning at 10:30 AM, followed by a festival in the park from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. In the case of inclement weather, the rain date will be May 14.

“The Fair Haven Family Stroll & Festival is a fantastic opportunity to engage our community in the overarching conversation about quality early childhood education in this country,” said Allyx Schiavone, Executive Director of the Friends Center for Children. “We know that high-quality early education programs have a high return on the investment, making it that much more important to educate our community to inspire a change nationwide.”

The day’s events include live entertainment, door prizes, an information fair and family-friendly activities including parachute play, face-painting, arts and crafts, games and food vendors.  Click here for more information about the Fair Haven Family Stroll & Festival and here for a schedule of events. If you are interested in discussing partnership, sponsorship or planning opportunities, please contact Allyx Schiavone at 203.468.1966.


Friends Center offers free "Circle of Security" Parenting Program

Circle of SecurityTM Parenting Program

A Relationship-Based Parenting Education Program for Parents with Young Children

 A FREE 9-week parenting groups that supports:

Appreciating how important you are in the life of your child

Learning with other parents how to make parenting easier

Recognizing your child’s needs and understanding his/her behavior

Helping your child learn to manage emotions and behavior

Understanding and managing your reactions to parenting challenges


Friends Center parents are invited to discover the Circle of SecurityTM Parenting Program, an inspiring outlook on the parent-child relationship. A one-hour overview on Tuesday, Jan. 12 (4-5 p.m.) will demonstrate the powerful information that the program conveys through videos and discussions. By itself, the one-hour overview can give parents tools for making parenting easier. For those who would like to explore this approach further, there is space for 12 parents to participate in a 9-week group on Tuesdays from Feb. 23-April 19. The ongoing group will be informative, fun, and there will be a treat ($50 stipend) for parents who complete the 9-week program. 


This program is being offered at no cost to Friends Center families by the Friends Center for Children with funding from The United Way and The Eder Family Foundation. The program will be facilitated by Gladys Deutsch and Barbara Stern, Circle of SecurityTM trainers. Bonnie Muller, Friends Center’s Emotional Well-Being Coordinator, is available for questions and for registration, which can also be done at the Front Desk. All Circle of Security events will be held at the New Haven Friends Meetinghouse. 


Fair Haven Family Stroll: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Save the date and join us as we celebrate quality early childhood education & family-friendly resources.
Organized by Alexis Hill Montessori School and Friends Center for Children, the Fair Haven Family Stroll brings community together for a day of family fun to raise awareness and funds in response to the urgent need for high-quality early education in New Haven.
The day starts with a 1.5 mile walk along the Quinnipiac River—over the Ferry Street and Grand Avenue bridges, and through a historic district. The festival also includes many family-friendly activities: drums, parachute play, puppets, face painting, food vendors, ballet, bubbles, yoga, arts and crafts, and a whole lot of raffle prizes.
For more information, visit or our Facebook event page. See you in the park!