Virtual Admissions Open House
preschool and infant/toddler spots available for 2022 – 2023Read More
“Let’s Talk” series welcomes Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro as inaugural speaker
On September 15, Friends Center welcomed Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro as the inaugural speaker of our 2021-2022 Let’s Talk! virtual series of discussions about the federal, state and city advocacy and planning around early childhood education infrastructure and sustainability and the implications on children, families and society. 116 people joined the live conversation! Please click on the link below […]Read More
Not (just) a Season of Lovingkindness
Inside our February 2021 e-newsletter: Read about Friends Center’s year-round commitment to lovingkindness and the launch of our new Teacher Housing Plan, providing Free housing for teachers to increase compensation.Read More
Friends Center for Children Launches Free Teacher Housing Initiative
Long before the pandemic struck, Friends Center for Children had been wrestling with the issue of inadequate compensation for infant and preschool teachers. One potential solution, a Friends Center Teacher Housing Initiative, captured the attention of two long-time FCfC supporters…Read More
What is essential?
Inside our January 2021 e-newsletter:
– Examining “What is essential?”
– Advocacy Efforts Secure Continued OEC Funding
– Friends Council on Education Centering Reflection
Where do you stand?
This past year, events in our nation forced us all to examine our stance in new and challenging ways. During these trying times, Friends Center is committed to standing fast to our mission: educate children, empower families, inspire teachers, engage community, embrace diversity.Read More
…what actions will speak louder than words?
Dear members of our Friends Center Community, How do we give a name to this moment that grips our awareness, causes deep pain and stifles our breath? Recent appalling, grievous deaths of black and brown countrymen and women follow 400 years of innumerable systematic racial injustices, as well as religious and gender identity persecutions. “I […]Read More
Week 15: staying connected during social distancing
Dear Families, “Out of clutter, Find simplicity. From discord, Find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, Lies opportunity” Albert Einstein In the attached pdf, please find resources, links, and reflections on the Quaker value of Simplicity. FCFC_week15 FCFC_week15_spanish Quick Links: “I Can’t Breathe” a song for George Floyd and other victims – By Chloë Nixon […]Read More
Week 14: staying connected during social distancing
Dear Families, “Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.” Óscar Romero In the attached pdf, please find resources, […]Read More
Week 13: staying connected during social distancing
Dear Families, We hope that this letter finds you healthy, safe and strong. We hope that you feel empowered, seen and heard. We hope that when you leave your front door each day, you walk confidently into the world, feeling valued and loved. We hope that your days are filled with light and love, and that […]Read More
Week 12: staying connected during social distancing
Dear Families, “Sometimes our hearts feel heavy and the world feels wrong. Find the light, even if it is ever so slight. Hold on, let hope build a trail for the next steps. Surround ourselves with love, together our light shines stronger, the glimmer of hope is solid. Together we can step… one step… two […]Read More
Week 11: staying connected during social distance
Dear families, Thank you for being our friends, and continuing to learn and grow with us. We have had so much fun launching and sharing our brand new, pilot I/T and Preschool “Teachology” Programs with you. We thank you all who have joined in so far, and look forward to seeing even more of you […]Read More
Week 10: staying connected during social distance
Dear community, “When I say it’s YOU I like, I’m talking about the part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand up for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers […]Read More
Week nine: staying connected during social distance
Dear community, We invite you to enjoy the 9th edition of our weekly blog/letter (nine weeks…wow!). In this blog you will find some fun podcasts and videos that are geared toward young children, inspiring educational articles, helpful resources for you and your family, a letter from our EWBC Team, and an encouraging call to just…breathe. […]Read More
Week eight: staying connected during social distance
Dear Community, We hope that this post finds you healthy, safe and well. We realize the incredible strain that social distancing is putting each of us, individually and collectively. Whether you are out on the front lines, balancing work and family responsibilities from home, are currently out of work, or are simply just trying to […]Read More
Week seven: staying connected during social distance
Dear Community, We are coming to the end of our seventh week in collective “quarantine”, and find that we are needing one another more than ever. As the ties that bind us to one another continue to stretch, we work even more diligently to mend and repair the frays, in hopes that we will emerge […]Read More
Week six: staying connected during social distance
Dear community, We hope that you continue to be healthy, safe and well. As we continue to experience distance, from one another, our routines, our communities, we hope that, more than anything, you are continuing to experience your worth. You are so loved and missed. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable […]Read More
Week five: staying connected during social distance
In our week five blog, please find information and links for resources including: free science experiments, Clifford Beers Clinic COVID Compassion Line, mindfulness activity cards, and information on cultivating the Quaker value of COMMUNITY.Read More
Week four: staying connected during social distance
In our week four blog, please find pdfs with activities for children and adults (including Week of the Young Child Daily Themes), awareness resources, mindfulness moments (such as “going on a mindfulness safari”), and information on emotional wellbeing, specifically on cultivating the Quaker value of EQUALITY.Read More
Week three: staying connected during social distance
In our week three blog, please find activities for children and adults awareness resources (including Five Steps to Mindfulness), and information on emotional wellbeing, specifically on cultivating the Quaker value of INTEGRITY.Read More
Staying connected during social distance: week two
In this blog, please find activities for children and adults (including Make Your Own Mood Meter Sock Puppet), awareness resources, and information on emotional wellbeing, specifically on cultivating the Quaker value of PEACE.Read More
Staying connected during social distance: week one
As we navigate these unprecedented and unusual set of circumstances, the FCfC Administrative Team would like to remind you that we continue to walk through the world together, as a community.Read More
Happy New Year!
Inside our January 2020 e-newsletter:
– Art exhibit featuring Rhoda Kellogg’s collection of children’s artwork makes ARTNEWS’ top ten.
– Uncrumple that Drawing
Friends Center opens new site in West Rock neighborhood
Friends Center Blake Street serves 36 children and their families in a location near West Rock Park, with nine staff…Read More
Why do we connect?
Explore the importance of connections in early childhood education in Friends Centers’ 2018-2019 Community Report.Read More
Joining forces to make New Haven a model for quality and access in ECE
Friends Center helps launch NH ChILD movement to make Ideal Learning accessible to all children in New Haven.Read More
Friends Center social work intern explores new phrases to gain cooperation.Read More
How to End the Child-Care Crisis
Shael Polakow-Suransky explains how a child’s first 1,000 days are a time to be seized in a New York Time’s op-ed storyRead More
Pinwheels Along The Path
Photos and stories from the 9th annual Fair Haven Family Stroll and FestivalRead More
Friends Center featured on News 8 for NH ChILD
“It was almost impossible to find anything. We were on six waiting lists at six different daycares and preschools,” says Renuka Gandhi…Read More
“Experts: More Play Needed in New Haven Schools”
Friends Center Executive Director Allyx Schiavone shares the merits of play-based learning in a New Haven Register article.Read More
What helps us grow?
Read about how we’re growing in Friends Center’s 2017 – 2018 Report to the CommunityRead More
From Piling Scrap to Bridging the Achievement Gap
Photos and story from the 8th annual Fair Haven Family Stroll and FestivalRead More
Friends Center hosts meet and greet for Connecticut’s new Commissioner of Early Childhood Beth Bye
On March 15, Friends Center for Children hosted a welcome breakfast for Commissioner Beth Bye and announced the official launch of NH ChILD….Read More
How Can We Support Staff in Addressing Implicit Bias?
How Can We Support Staff in Addressing Implicit Bias? One Program’s Approach Allyx Schiavone, Executive Director of the Friends Center for Children in New Haven, CT, discusses a three-year approach the Center administration took to address implicit bias among staff. Visit post on ZerotoThree.orgRead More
How do you see the world?
Learn more about the lenses with which we see the world in Friends Center’s 2016-2017 community report.Read More
Hear some of our collective voices in Friends Center’s 2015 – 2016 community report.Read More
What’s in a name?
Read about Friends Center and our mission to educate children, empower families, inspire teachers, engage community and embrace diversity in our 2014-2015 Community Report.Read More