Family and Children's Agency


Parenting Education Program (PEP)

Since 1994, Family & Children’s Agency, in partnership with the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies has provided a parenting course for divorcing couples with children.

Responding to the state legislation requiring that divorcing parents participate in parent education, Family & Children’s Agency uses a six hour curriculum (in English and Spanish), titled “Putting Children First,” developed by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies which addresses the following topics:

What is Divorce or Family Disruption Like for Kids?

  • What do Children Need to Help Them Deal With Divorce or Family Disruption?
  • Developmental Stages of Children and Their Reactions to Divorce and Family Disruption
  • Loss and the Grieving Process
  • Skills for Talking and Listening with Children
  • How to Talk to Children about the Divorce or Separation
  • Dealing with Anger and Conflict Resolution
  • Divorce “Games” Parents and Children Play
  • Custody and Parenting Plans
  • Parallel Cooperative Parenting

Facilitator Training

Facilitators are trained annually in the use of the curriculum, adult learning theory, and special issues which have arisen in the process of delivering this program. PEP facilitators are predominantly masters-level, licensed clinicians experienced in the delivery of family life education programs; they are trained and knowledgeable in human development and family relations. They also meet accreditation standards established by Council On Accreditation for the provision of family life education programs.


Participants are required to pay a fee of $125/person to attend this course. Fee waivers can be granted by Superior Court judges in case of financial need. Evaluation Participant evaluations of course benefits are conducted immediately following the completion of the course and six to twelve months after the course. Over 90% rate the course very beneficial in the course evaluation.

For More Information

For more information on the Parenting Education Program (PEP), contact Tiffany McCarthy, Director, Family Support and Intervention at (203) 855-8765 or e-mail