Mission: All New Haven children, birth through 8 are healthy, safe, thriving in nurturing families and prepared to be successful lifelong learners


About NHECC!

The New Haven Early Childhood Council's 30 members are volunteers appointed by the Mayor and School Superintendent. Council members include parents of young children, representatives from community organizations invested in the well-being of young children, and the Mayor and Superintendent or their designees. The Council's work is accomplished through its committees which are comprised of NHECC members as well as over 50 parents, community members, New Haven Public School staff and representatives of other organizations that work with children from birth to age 8.

The Council works to:

  • -increase the quantity and quality of early care and education in New Haven, a system that serves over 3,000 children in various center-based and family child care settings.
  • -provide a variety of supports (training, consultation, resources, and materials) to help teachers and caregivers better understand child development and how children learn.
  • -raise public awareness of and support for early care and education, including about the importance of the early learning years.

NHECC is one of 19 Priority School Districts to receive School Readiness grants. Annually, requests for proposals are solicited to provide quality enhancement to funded programs and to provide preschool spaces to low-income families in New Haven. For announcements on these funding opportunities, you can visit our grants page.