Welcome to the AHM Family Resource Center!

Family Resource Center LogoThe AHM Family Resource Center received its first grant in 1996 from the Connecticut State Department of Education and has collaborated with the four regional Elementary Schools, the Middle School and the High School in various programs and services.

The philosophy of Family Resource Centers is that healthy development and good education begin with access to support services from birth.  When these services are offered in schools, services are readily accepted and accessible to families.

Family Resource Center Director:
Becky Murray

Contact Information:
Cell: 860-573-1260
GHS Classroom: 860-228-0871
KinderRHAMa Classroom: 860-228-5310.
Email: BeckyM@ahmyouth.org

Family Resource Center Associate:
Ashlee Parks

Contact Information:
GHS Classroom: 860-228-0871
Email: AshleeP@ahmyouth.org

Family Resource Center Programs

Summer Program coming soon!

First Steps in Music Class

Come and make music with Miss Mallory at First Steps in Music! This program is geared towards children ages 0-5 and their grown-ups. Children and adults are engaged in a variety of activities including bounces, finger wiggles, action songs, vocal exploration, movement exploration, playing instruments, ball rolling, and more! First Steps in Music is a wonderful opportunity for children to have fun, interact with other children, and bond with their grown-up, all while beginning their journey to becoming tuneful, “beat-ful”, and artful. *Please register all children who will be attending.

Instructor: Mallory Kokus

Location: AHM’s building at 25 Pendleton Drive, Hebron.

Summer Sessions

Time: Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:15 am

Session 1: 6/26, 7/3, 7/10

Session 2:  7/24, 7/31, 8/7

Age: Birth – 5, plus Parents/Caregivers

Cost: $50 per family for each 3 week session

*This program is currently FULL!
If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email Becky Murray at BeckyM@ahmyouth.org.

Preschool session options:

  • 3-year old Program – Tues, Thurs, 8:30am-12:00pm, $2345/year
  • 4-year old Program – Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30am-1:00pm, $4205/year
  • 3-year old Extended Day – Tues, Thurs, 7:00am-3:00pm, $3390/year
  • 4-year old Extended Day – Mon, Wed, Fri, 7:00am-3:00pm, $5085/year
  • Combined 3 & 4 Year Old Class – Mon-Fri, 7:00am-3:00pm, $6990/year

*Initial sign-up will be in RecDesk; Families will be notified if their child has a space and will submit a $45 Registration fee and $150 Depost to hold their child’s space.

KinderRHAMa Preschool Camp 

Children will work on social skills, gross and fine motor and school readiness skills in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying summer recreational activities inside and outside.

Staffed by two early childhood teachers at the  AHM KinderRHAMa classroom and play yard at RHAM High School.

Registration is open!

Qualifications to participate:

  • For children ages 3-5 who have not yet started Kindergarten – children must turn 3 by 9/1/24
  • Families who live or work in Andover, Hebron, Marlborough and Columbia can sign up.
  • Campers must be FULLY POTTY TRAINED

Cost: $120.00 per week, ($75 for July 4th week)

Hours: 9:00-12:00 Monday through Friday.

Dates & Themes:

  • Week 1: 6/24-6/28 Locomotion!
  • Week 2: 7/1-7/3 (No Camp 7/4, 7/5 Holiday Week)
  • Week 3: 7/8-7/12 Space Week!
  • Week 4: 7/15-7/19 Fairytale Week!
  • Week 5: 7/22-7/26 Pirate Week
  • Week 6: 7/29-8/2 Insects & Invertebrates
  • Week 7: 8/5-8/9 Ocean Motion!
  • Week 8: 8/12-8/16 Dinosaur Stomp!

For  more information, please email Becky Murray at BeckyM@ahmyouth.org 

Please fill out these forms to register your child for camp.

Messy Hands

Sensory play allows children to engage their five senses by exploring different textures. In this group, children will get the chance to explore a variety of different messy materials in a relaxed setting while creating,  constructing, and exploring!

Materials may include: fingerpaints, playdough, slime, water play,  shaving cream, & other substances. Please come dressed in VERY casual clothing, smocks will be provided! Information on Child Development and Parenting will also be available!

Location: Gilead Hill School, in our Family Resource Center! 

*Please enter through the front door by the office. The office will buzz you in. Please bring a license the first time you attend as part of the school’s safety protocol. You will be buzzed into the building and get a badge. Families are also asked to please exit through the front door.

Spring Session

Time: Thursdays, 11am – 12pm

Dates: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23

Age: Children 2-5 years old plus parent or caregiver 

Cost: $48/Family for 6 weeks

Summer Session

Time: Thursdays, 11:00-12:00

Dates: 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8

Age: Children 2-5 years old plus parent or caregiver

Cost: $48/Family

Play & Learn Groups

The program includes crafts, free play with materials (trucks, train table, play kitchen, puzzles), circle time, snack, information about parenting and child development in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! All enrolled families will be offered a free developmental screening for their child. *Please register all babies who will be attending.

Age: Children Birth-5 and adults. 

Location: Gilead Hill School, Family Resource Center 

*Please enter through the front door by the office. The office will buzz you in. Please bring a license the first time you attend as part of the school’s safety protocol. You will be buzzed into the building and get a badge. Families are also asked to please exit through the front door.

Summer Session

Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:45 am

Dates: Tuesdays, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30

Cost: $48.00 per family, includes snack!

Play & Learn In the Park

Join us outside for Play and Learn at the park! Children aged birth to 5 and their parents/caregivers will have the opportunity to play outside, socialize with other children and families, explore the playground, engage in developmentally appropriate games and learning experiences and enjoy listening to a story and songs. Feel free to pack a blanket to sit on and a snack to eat during story time. *Please register all children who will be attending. 

Spring Session

Time: Fridays, 10-11 am

Dates: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, and 5/31

Cost: $35 per family, 5 weeks

Location: Columbia Rec Park, Columbia, CT

Summer Session

Time: Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Dates: 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8

Cost: $40 per family, 6 weeks

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park, Wall Street, across from RHAM HS.

Come join us in a discussion of Positive Parenting Skills including: Using empathy and encouragement for better communication, Dealing with temper tantrums and meltdowns, Helping children cope with strong emotions, Discussion of natural and logical consequences, Further resources for positive discipline including web-based videos and books!

Instructors: Ashlee Parks & Becky Murray

Date: Wednesday, 7/24, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Fee: FREE

This program takes place via ZOOM link! 

Join us for a FREE Sparkler fun and learning group for children Birth-5 and adults. Children will get to socialize, and engage in age appropriate learning. Parents and caregivers will learn how to use the free Sparkler app and use it at home for activities, screenings, and parenting tips. Snack will be provided for both parents and children.

Translation is available for non-English speaking families. Please let us know if you are a non-English speaker and would like to participate in this program.

Parents signing up for the group will be asked to create a Sparkler Account and access the account for screening and activities.

*Sparkler is a free mobile app that helps parents to check in on how their child is doing against key milestones — and provides activities to spark their early learning.

Sparkler Fun & Learning Group

Time: Thursdays, 10-11 am

Session 1: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, and 11/2

Session 2:  11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/11, 1/18,

1/25 – Make-up (no group 11/23, 12/28 and 1/4 )

Cost: FREE, for 8 sessions.

*Register all children who will be attending, and please only register for one 8-week session of Sparkler at a time. We want to give as many families as possible the opportunity to participate. If we have space, we would be happy to include you in two sessions! Thank you for understanding.

Location: GHS Family Resource Center

Location: Family Resource Center at Gilead Hill School!

*Please enter through the front door by the office. The office will buzz you in. Please bring a license the first time you attend as part of the school’s safety protocol. You will be buzzed into the building and get a badge. Families are also asked to please exit through the front door.

FRC families will visit Colebrook residents in the Activity Room, do a spring craft together, enjoy snack, and finish with some play in the exercise room! Free, but please register.

Date: Monday, 4/29/24

Time: 10:30-11:30 am

Location: Colebrook Village Hebron – 55 John E Horton Boulevard, Hebron, CT 06248

Age: Children Birth-5 and adults

Cost: FREE

For more information, please contact Ashlee Parks at Ashleep@ahmyouth.org.

Come meet other local parents with babies and discuss the challenges and joys of baby’s first year! We will discuss baby’s growth and development during the first year of his/her life including milestones such as babbling, crawling, sitting, and discuss sleep and feeding, as well as parents’ adjustment to their new role.. Babies are welcome and snack will be provided! Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are welcome!

Summer Sessions

Date: Tuesday, 7/16 and 8/6

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Gilead Hill School, Family Resource Center

Age: Children Birth-1 and adults

Cost: FREE

For more information, please contact Ashlee Parks at Ashleep@ahmyouth.org.

Please email Becky Murray at BeckyM@ahmyouth.org, if you have any questions or difficulties with the registration process

Family Resource Center Services

The AHM Family Resource Center offers home visits for families living in Andover, Hebron, or Marlborough and Columbia with a child between the ages of birth and five. We utilize curriculum from the National Parents as Teachers program.

Home Visits provide families with information about child development through observation, activities, talking to parents, and play. The curriculum, which is tailored to the age and developmental stage of each child, helps parents understand their child’s behavior, what to expect next, and gives parents strategies for challenges they are facing in parenting.

Visits are offered at the FRC at Gilead Hill, or your home, based on your preference.

For more information, please contact: Rebecca Murray at 860-228-0871 or email BeckyM@ahmyouth.org

AHM’s Family Resource Center has a Staffed Child Care Network which provides free services to Home-Based Early Care providers. These include ongoing support and referrals to many resources.

For more information, please contact Becky Murray at BeckyM@ahmyouth.org.

As part of a grant received from the State Department of Education and Office of Early childhood, AHM’s Family Resource Center staff were able to purchase books to be part of a lending library for families, daycare providers, and parents. We are so grateful that we were able to purchase these books, and offer this valuable resource to the communities we serve! Pictured: Jahnna Sieckowski, Family Resource Center Associate.

Visit our adult & children’s library links on the right!

Do you have questions about your child’s Development? Would you like to know how you could support your child’s development and know what they will be doing next? The FRC offers free developmental screenings! Screenings are offered at the FRC at Gilead Hill, or your home, based on your preference.

These screenings are for children ages 4 months to 48 months, using the Ages and Stages questionnaire. Through playing with your child and speaking to you, we will look at your child’s development in the areas of language, fine and gross motor skills, social/emotional, and problem solving. We can offer feedback to parents or caregivers and suggestions to further your child’s development. The screening takes about an hour, and is confidential.

If you would like your child to be screened, or have any questions, please contact:

Sparkler is a FREE mobile app for CT families that helps parents support their children’s growth from 0-5. Please see attached flyer for instructions to sign up!

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Family Resource Center Resources

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