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The Guide to Early Care and Education Programs in New Haven was developed to help parents with children age 6 weeks to 5 years find a quality program that meets the needs of their family. Programs can have many different names child care, preschool, family childcare, Head Start, and School Readiness to name a few. Some are free, some charge a parent fee and the hours of service vary. The New Haven Early Childhood Council, in partnership with New Haven Public Schools and the City of New Haven, created this Guide to help parents navigate through the terms and the many options available in our city.

Families Are Their Child’s First Teachers is a pamphlet filled with parenting tips. If you would like to use a professional printer to print and distribute high quality color versions of the pamphlet, please e-mail us at info@nhecc.org to request the print-ready file.

English Pamphlet

Spanish Pamphlet

The NHECC KIDS KIT provides parents with 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 for download, one with an explanatory cover letter for providers and two others with cover letters to parents, in English and in Spanish.

NHECC Kids Kit For Providers

NHECC Kids Kit For Families (English)

NHECC Kids Kit For Families (Spanish)

The ABCs of School Readiness is a booklet designed to help get children ready for school and to become competent and confident learners. Three versions are available for download, English, Spanish, and a third designed to be printed double-sided, with English on one side and Spanish on the other.

ABCs of School Readiness Book (English)

ABCs of School Readiness Book (Spanish)

ABCs of School Readiness Book (English & Spanish)