January 30, 2023

DANBURY — Rhonda Neal credits her parents for shaping her into the person and mother that she is.

But for mothers and fathers who may have been neglected as children, parenting can be hard because they don’t always have positive experiences to learn from, she said.

“Environment plays a role in how they are raised,” said Neal, executive director of the Saint Joseph Parenting Center. “You can’t demonstrate something you haven’t learned.”

Saint Joseph Parenting Center is opening its second location in Danbury at 46 Stone St — a property close to downtown and accessible by public transportation. The center celebrates its opening with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday morning and will launch its first classes on March 1.

The nonprofit, which was founded in Stamford in 2009, will offer parenting education classes for fathers and mothers with children 12 and under.