Welcome to Connections

Welcome to the family!

Connections is a program available to parents with children ages 0-5.

Our team is here to help you navigate the adventure of parenthood. Your very own Family Support Navigator will reach out to provide support, resources, info, and even just to lend an ear, all while helping you keep track of your child’s development through the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)!

The ASQs are send via mail or digitally at regular intervals and come with fun activities, newsletters, and community resources.

Connections is here to make it easy for parents to use playtime to track development and to get any help they need, because parenting does not come with instructions.

Step #1 – Try an ASQ!

Because your child’s first 5 years of life are so important, we want to help you provide the best start for your child. The ASQ is a quick and easy way to track development through simple questions and fun activities. 

Click the link below to complete your first ASQ!

MORE ABOUT THE ASQ

The ASQ-3 is used to evaluate development in five areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social. You will be asked simple questions and given fun activities to try.

What to Expect

You’ll receive an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) every 2-6 months based on the age of your child. Done online or through the mail, you and your child will spend 10-15 minutes of playtime answering a series of questions.

And as of January 2020, Family Futures has employed Family Support Navigators to help guide you through all the services available for young children and their families. Navigators will answer questions, refer you to resources, and help you make the connections that will help your family. A Family Support Navigator can help make it easier than ever to get the resources you need to keep your family thriving and healthy.

If you are already enrolled in the Connections program, please look for your ASQs in the mail or through an email link every 2-6 months depending on the age of your child. If you have questions or did not receive your child’s ASQ, please call or email us!

Top 10 Benefits of Connections

  1. No cost for enrolling and participating in Connections.
  2. Information specific to your child’s age (from 2 months to 60 months).
  3. Peace of mind – active participation in the Connections program gives you the information you need, significantly reducing worry and uncertainty about your child’s development.
  4. Increase parent and caregiver confidence by providing child development information from credible sources.
  5. A circle of support! Connections partners with childcare centers, medical resources, parent programs, and preschools to surround your child with people who are aware of their development. Partners include: Helen Devos Children’s Hospital, Appletree Early Care and Preschool, and ELNC Preschool and Parent Programs.
  6. Trained professionals to talk with if you have questions or concerns.
  7. Receive activity ideas to support development through play and interaction with your child (which strengthens parent/child bond!)
  8. Receive developmental newsletters that provide clear understanding of child development expectations.
  9. Seasonal newsletters with information of free or low cost local family and child friendly activities available.
  10. Readiness packets that help you track how your child is developing and what to expect to do to get ready for their year of life.

Social Emotional Activity Sheet

Connections Newsletter

ASQ Activity Sheet

Connections Activity Sheet

What to Expect

Connections will send you an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) every 2-6 months based on the age of your child. Done online or through the mail, you’ll spend 10-15 minutes of playtime answering yes, sometimes or not yet to a series of questions. The ASQ asks questions like: “Can your child stack three blocks?” “Does your child speak in phrases with two or more words? “When in front of a large mirror, does your baby smile or coo at their self?” “Does your child jump with both feet leaving the floor at the same time?”

Top 10 Benefits of Connections

  1. No cost for enrolling and participating in Connections.
  2. Information specific to your child’s age (from 2 months to 60 months).
  3. Peace of mind – active participation in the Connections program gives you the information you need, significantly reducing worry and uncertainty about your child’s development.
  4. Increase parent and caregiver confidence by providing child development information from credible sources.
  5. A circle of support! Connections partners with childcare centers, medical resources, parent programs, and preschools to surround your child with people who are aware of their development. Partners include: Helen Devos Children’s Hospital, Appletree Early Care and Preschool, and ELNC Preschool and Parent Programs.
  6. Trained professionals to talk with if you have questions or concerns.
  7. Receive activity ideas to support development through play and interaction with your child (which strengthens parent/child bond!)
  8. Receive developmental newsletters that provide clear understanding of child development expectations.
  9. Seasonal newsletters with information of free or low cost local family and child friendly activities available.
  10. Readiness packets that help you track how your child is developing and what to expect to do to get ready for their year of life.

What Caregivers are Saying about Connections

WHAT CAREGIVERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CONNECTIONS

Each year Connections families are asked to provide feedback about the program in the form of a survey. Past year’s response from over 1,000 families includes incredibly helpful feedback. We’re listening to the suggestions and working hard to incorporate them into the program. Here is a summary of the past year’s results.

I was worried about my child’s speech. The phone call from the parent coach was very helpful and reassuring since I did not have a doctor check up until months later to discuss my concerns. The parent coach put me at ease and my child is making many gains.
Connections is wonderful! I know exactly where my children should be developmentally and what areas we can work on. I feel more informed and prepared for what they need to be doing. Also, its helped us get ready for preschool!
Although I am a nurse who has lots of experience with kids, it is completely different when it comes to your own. Connections helped me know what to expect at each stage and I love the tips, especially on discipline at various ages/stages.
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