The Council works to achieve our mission through a variety of initiatives. A list of past and present projects follows. Our current work is system-focused, coordinated through our committees.

        • ABC’s

          Is an alphabetical action plan to help get children ready for school and to become confident and competent learners.  Using the alphabet as a framework, the ABC’s of School Readiness highlights twenty-six important ideas that support children’s development. A pdf file of this resource is available in EnglishSpanish, and as a double-sided printable version with English and Spanish on reverse pages.
        • Community Messenger Project

          A collaborative project with Partner Organizations to identify and train parent leaders to be neighborhood early childhood messengers.
        • Curriculum Boxes

          Designed by early childhood educators, the Curriculum Box project involves a semi-annual event providing literacy-based curriculum boxes during the Week of the Young Child to early childhood classrooms throughout the city of New Haven.
        • Dual Language Pilot Project (DLPP)

          An innovative, dual language and literacy pilot program, DLPP is a two-part, intensive dual language preschool project including weekly family literacy workshops and on-site classroom coaching, literacy work, and professional development. For more details, view our March 2014 DLPP Presentation.
        • Family Childcare Tool Kit Project

          The Family Childcare Tool Kit project supports the development of licensed, quality, home-based childcare. The project is a partnership project of All Our Kin, through which the project is implemented, and the Connecticut Children’s Museum, where the boxes are designed.  The project assists unlicensed caregivers in completing state licensing requirements and becoming part of the professional network of child care providers.
        • Help Me Grow Networking Breakfast

          A collaboration with the Children’s Trust Network (CTN) to hold monthly networking breakfasts, which keep community-based organizations serving families informed about early care and education, family support, and behavioral health opportunities and resources for children and their families.
        • Kids Kit

          A list of important documents needed for children to register for child care programs, PreK, kindergarten, and activities and programs such as sports and camps. Three versions are available, one with an explanatory cover letter For Providers and two others with cover letters to parents, in English and in Spanish.
        • Little Read

          An annual citywide early childhood initiative that focuses on the importance of reading to young children, birth through 5 years. The Council distributes thousands of books each year to early childhood classrooms, libraries, and family childcare homes where family reading events are held during Week of the Young Child. Learn more by reviewing The 2015 Little Read Book Report. Part one of the report is available here, and part two is available here.
        • Story Telling Pilot Project

          With the goal of providing professional development about positive interactions with children and the importance of talking to children, this pilot project involved a series of workshops on the importance of oral literacy, storytelling with families, and becoming a storyteller. Ten child care centers were represented and participants reported that the workshops changed their practice for the better.
        • Week of the Young Child (WOYC)

          Week of the Young Child is a nationwide, annual celebration of young children by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). At venues throughout New Haven, children and families share their love of reading at literacy-based events. The Council sponsors a Celebration of Early Childhood Educators to honor the work the teachers of young children in classroom settings and in family childcare home.
        • Words and Numbers

          WORDS is an ongoing initiative, expanded to include NUMBERS, involving an in-depth approach to building language and numeracy-rich classrooms and strengthen teaching strategies in selected center-based and family childcare programs that serve infants and toddlers. Classrooms receive a total of 8 weeks of on-site coaching sessions in two 4-week blocks.