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There are many child care options in New Haven for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. When choosing child care or preschool, it’s important to remember that children’s early experiences form the foundation for success in school and life.

The terms PreK, preschool, and nursery school tend to be used for programs serving children ages three to five. These programs may be operated by a not-for-profit community based organization, an individual, a for-profit organization, or a public institution such as a school or college.

Click on the links below for more information about child care in New Haven.

2-1-1 Child Care provides current listings of all state licensed child care centers and family child care homes, as well as listings for nanny agencies, nursery schools, play groups and summer camp programs. Childcare referral specialists are also available to assist parents and child care providers in locating appropriate resources and referrals.

Visit the Care4Kids website to learn more about finding help to pay for childcare, or call 1-888-214-5437.

Early Head Start (EHS) is for children 8 weeks – 3 years. EHS is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers. To register for Early Head Start/Infant-Toddler Program, contact Barbara Nelson 203-946-5306 or 203-946-5321. New Haven’s EHS registration location is the Early Childhood Learning Center, 495 Blake Street, New Haven.

Check our Preschool page for more detailed information about Head Start (for children ages 3 – 4), and other public and private preschool programs. These include School Readiness and New Haven Public School magnet classrooms.

Visit our Kindergarten page for information on how to enroll your child in kindergarten in the New Haven Public Schools.