Our Centers

We’re opening new centers to serve more New Haven families with high-quality early care!

The first three years of a child’s life are critical in the development of the brain architecture that forms the foundation for all future learning and success, yet in New Haven, the availability of high-quality care for infants and toddlers remains limited, and access to it has, for too long, been proven dependent on zip code and bank account. At Friends Center, we’re working to change that with a long-term expansion plan that will open doors to high-quality ECE for 300 children by 2024 with four centers in locations where access to such care has been historically low.

Though the buildings and locations vary, all of our center’s share a common program and mission, which includes our progressive child-centered curriculum rooted in Quaker values of community, simplicity, equality, integrity, stewardship and peace; a pioneering emotional wellbeing program that supports all children, families and staff through challenges and adversities of all kinds; dedicated educators supported by professional learning opportunities, a new teacher housing program, and a workforce development partnership that helps prospective new educators obtain their certification with paid field experience at Friends Center; and a sliding scale tuition that ensures equitable access for all families and builds a program that embraces diversity at every level.

Current locations

East Grand Avenue

227 East Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513
203.468.1966

Friends Center for Children East Grand serves 86 children and their families in the Fair Haven Heights community. The Center includes five infant/toddler classrooms, three preschool classrooms, and six outdoor classrooms. The Center is led by 24 full-time staff, including a Site Director, Infant/Toddler and Preschool Managers, and an Emotional Wellbeing Coordinator.

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Welcome to Friends Center East Grand!
We’re excited to get to know your family, and provide a place that honors your child’s curiosity, inspires them to wonder and helps them recognize their own growth and achievements. Children are sponges and want to absorb all of the knowledge they can. Friends Center encourages this development with a hands-on curriculum that helps motivate children to think critically and creatively. We’re focused on the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a healthy foundation for life-long learning. We do this by creating a nurturing, caring, and curiosity-driven environment, that, at its core, is driven by a wonderful community of staff, teachers, family and children.

Blake Street

495 Blake St.
New Haven, CT 06515
203.390.5626

Friends Center for Children Blake Street serves 36 children and their families in a location near West Rock Park. The Center includes two infant/toddler classrooms, one preschool classroom, and two outdoor classrooms/play areas. The Center is led by 11 full time staff, including a Site Director and an Emotional Wellbeing Coordinator.

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Welcome to Friends Center Blake Street!
The first years of a child’s life are the most critical time in a child’s development. This period is significant for their learning, pivotal for their emotional and characteristic development, and provides a foundation for them to progress further in their next education and life stages. We’re honored to be a part of this important season in your child’s life, providing them guided classroom, social, and emotional experiences, as well as supporting your family, with ongoing communication and personalized assistance. Every day, our administration and teachers are committed to presenting their best selves to provide children and their families the necessary support and development, especially in such unique times.

Coming soon

Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513

Friends Center for Children Grand Avenue will serve 52 children and their families in the newly built Mill River Crossing Development. The Center includes four infant/toddler classrooms, one preschool classroom, and outdoor classrooms/play areas. The Center will be led by 15 full time staff, including a Site Director and an Emotional Wellbeing Coordinator.

Dixwell Avenue

Dixwell Avenue
New Haven, CT

Friends Center for Children Dixwell will serve 84-120 children and their families in a location on Dixwell Avenue. The Center includes 8-10 infant/toddler classrooms, 1-2 preschool classrooms, and outdoor classrooms/ play areas. The Center will be led by more than 31 full time staff, including a Site Director, Infant/Toddler and Preschool Managers and an Emotional Wellbeing Coordinator.