Connecticut has joined the ranks of states with their own City Dads Group with the recent addition of a chapter in the New England’s states capital city of Hartford.
Hartford Dads Group with be headed by Ryan Darcy, a stay-at-home father of three boys by day and part-time night worker, who lives in the suburb of Coventry, about twenty minutes from downtown Hartford.
“Connecticut is tough because despite being such a small state, it’s population is spread out,” he said. “Hartford seemed like a perfect, centrally located city — not to mention it’s the capital.”
Darcy is no newcomer to dads’ social and support group, having started his own about three years ago when first becoming an at-home father. He let it lie fallow for a while after pursuing full-time work but resurrected it in 2016 after the birth of his third son brought him back to full-time at-home status in the daytime hours.
“That’s when I kind of went a little harder at growing the group, and actually connected with some other dads, their kids, and got some steady interaction within the group,” he said. The next step was to join forces with City Dads Group, which has more than 10,000 members and 30 chapters across the nation.
Hartford, with a population of more than 124,000, is the state’s third largest city and has rich history in business, manufacturing and the arts.
Hartford Dads Group on social media
About City Dads Group
City Dads Group is a dynamic and diverse community of fathers redefining, by example, what it means to be a dad in the 21st century. Our national support network is based in and around major metropolitan U.S. cities. These include Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City.
Founded in November 2008 in New York City as a way a handful of fathers could arrange playdates and outings with their children, the organization went national as City Dads Group in 2014.