Our Collective Purpose
The first years of life are a time of rapid development and tremendous importance: a child’s earliest experiences can significantly alter the quality of his or her adult life. Because a child’s early experiences are shaped by the world which we as parents, caregivers, teachers, service providers, and community members create for them, it is critical that we build a healthy, nurturing environment full of creativity and variety. If we create this environment in our community, we will put our children firmly on a path to lifelong success.
The best investment we can make as a community is in our children. We hope you will join us in our work to make New Haven a truly wonderful place for young children and their families.
About Our Programs
How can I get a list of all the programs or learn more?
Visit New Haven Early Childhood Council at www.nhecc.org.
Programs for infants and toddlers (children 6 weeks to 3 years of age) are in very short supply and can be expensive. Parents are encouraged to go to www.211childcare.org or call 2-1-1 Child Care 1-800-505-1000 for a comprehensive list of all available care.
Early Head Start & Head Start
Free for low-income New Haven families with children age 6 weeks to 3 years
New Haven Public Schools offers Head Start programming for 3 and 4 year olds in six locations. The program is free to City of New Haven residents who meet the Head Start income guidelines.
Early Head Start programming is not offered by New Haven Public Schools but information regarding centers providing these services can be obtained by calling 1-800-505-1000.
An application for Head Start or School Readiness begins with an appointment at the Early Childhood Department at 54 Meadow Street. To set up an appointment, call 475-220-1463.
For more info about any of these schools’ programs, please contact: Esther Pearson-Pinckney, 475-220-1463. Office located at: 54 Meadow Street, 3rd Floor, New Haven, CT 06511.
Pre-K programs on sliding fee scale for families with children ages 3 and 4 years old
School Readiness (SR) is a PreK program located in community-based centers and some NHPS elementary schools. Fees for School Readiness spaces are set by the State of Connecticut on a sliding scale which is based on gross parent income and family size. New Haven serves over 1,000 children with School Readiness funding.
New Haven Public Schools offers School Readiness programming in five locations.An application for Head Start or School Readiness begins with an appointment at the Early Childhood Department at 54 Meadow Street. To set up an appointment, call 475-220-1482.
For more info about any of these schools’ programs, please contact: Paul Lepri, 475-220-1482,
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