Our History



Family Life Education (FLE) was started by the Rev. Karen Barker-Duncan, an intern from Yale Divinity School at Hartford’s Immaculate Conception Church (ICC). Rev. Duncan was welcomed into the predominately Puerto Rican community of Frog Hollow. Together with volunteers from ICC and First Church in Windsor, she completed a parish census and needs study. When it came time for her ordination, Karen was called by the Christian Activities Council to minister to that same community, specifically young families and children.



In the fall of 1987, Karen wrote a grant to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to address the devastating impact of teen pregnancy on Puerto Rican teens in the Frog Hollow Neighborhood and began the program that was soon incorporated as Family Life Ministry.


Expansion of Community Services

In 1997, Family Life changed its name to Family Life Education to be more reflective of the agency’s work and focus. Since then, Family Life Education has assisted thousands of at-risk, low socio-economic status families in Hartford learn to transform their circumstances of poverty and marginalization. Today, FLE is an independent non-profit organization that strives to help at-risk, low-income, minority families to transform circumstances of poverty into opportunities for growth, learning and self-efficacy.


New leadership, new direction

Candida Flores becomes the CEO of Family Life Education.


Self-efficacy approach introduced

Self-efficacy approach introduced


Revitalization of Hartford’s George Day Park

FLE Parent leaders, in collaboration with Friends of George Day Park, complete a 2-year project to renovate a formerly dilapidated and drug-infested Parkville city park. The project was an outgrowth of the People Empowering People program.
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Louise Earle Loomis Children’s Wellness Center

Following a five-year capital campaign, The Louise Earle Wellness Center opens at 57 Charter Oak Ave.


Hartford Family Center Network

Hartford Family Center Network is formalized with The Village, Catholic Charities, and Family Life Education


Partner with UCONN

University of Connecticut Center for Applied Research in Human Development (CARHD) begins development and delivery of an evaluation vision.