The New Haven Family Stroll & Festival’s community partners are the schools and organizations that are working to deliver the high-quality early learning experiences that help children and families thrive. Funds raised from the stroll help these partners serve families with young children throughout New Haven. Did you know Connecticut families are paying more for childcare than they are for housing? These childcare fees are well above the 7% household income cap recommended by economists and supported by Connecticut voters. AND…Did you know that Connecticut early childhood educators are making an average of $29,000 per year, which is an unsustainable income level and significantly below current public school salaries? Programs have to charge families more, pay teachers less OR we can come together as a community and show our support for early childhood education during the New Haven Family Stroll!


Friends Center for Children

educate children, empower families, inspire teachers, engage community, embrace diversity, embody equity
227 East Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT 06513 & 495 Blake Street New Haven, CT 06515
Allyx Schiavone, Executive Director (203) 468-1966

Friends Center for Children is an early childhood education center providing year-round, full-time high-quality care for children ages 3 months to 5 years. Friends Center offers a child-centered hands-on learning experience in a safe and nurturing environment where children learn through creative play and a wide range of developmentally-appropriate activities. The Friends Center is a non-sectarian organization whose value-based curriculum is guided and enhanced by its foundations in the Quaker principles of community, equality, peace, simplicity, truth, and stewardship. As a cooperative organization, parents and teachers work together to create a diverse and supportive community. The participation of parents provides a higher adult/child ratio, enriching the classroom experience. We work closely with families to find a cooperative job that fits with parents work schedules. Friends Center seeks to bridge ethnic, racial, and economic divides by creating a diverse community of children, parents, and teachers working together to support each individual child’s growth and education. Over half of the families that attend Friends Center receive financial support through our sliding scale tuition program.

Calvin Hill Day Care Center

150 Highland Street New Haven, CT 06511
Susan Taddei, Director (203)764-9350

Calvin Hill Day Care Center and the Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten aim to serve as a support for whole families, working in partnership with parents to help meet the emotional, social, physical, language and intellectual needs of their children. The Center values the diversity of culture, language, goals and values of its families and is made richer by the inclusion of our families’ many backgrounds and strengths. The Center strives to establish and maintain strong relationships between teachers and families as well as to provide opportunities for growth and development in a stimulating, nurturing learning community for adults and children.

The Calvin Hill sliding scale upholds the Center’s founding mission to provide high quality, affordable child care and early childhood education to the children of Yale and greater New Haven communities. Our Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that the community of families enrolled is economically diverse.

FIRST Step child care & learning center inc.

95 Hamilton St, New Haven, CT 06511
Maria Vargas, Owner (203) 498 0812

FIRST Step child care & learning center inc has more than 25 years of experience in education and childcare. The organization is accredited by the State and Better Business Bureau (BBB), licensed by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, and approved by the CACFP. Our staff is certified in CPR, First Aid, Medication Administration, and Epipen. Initially established as a Home Day Childcare, the Center has grown consistently. Their experience allowed them to open a center in one of the main streets of New Haven, and shortly after our second location. Today they are a Learning Center with more than 150 students, and a team focused on making unique learning experiences.

New Haven YMCA Youth Center

50 Howe Street, New Haven CT 06511
Aishah Brice, Operations Director (203)776-9622 ext. 2125

The New Haven YMCA Youth Center provides a full day NAEYC accredited Preschool program for 3-5 year-olds all year. We are proud to be helping youngsters gain self-confidence and social skills while developing positive attitudes about school and learning! The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA is a charitable, not-for-profit, community service organization dedicated to putting Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The Y strengthens the foundations of communities and families through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in twenty-four towns and cities in the Greater Bridgeport and New Haven areas.

Montessori School on Edgewood

The Montessori School on Edgewood (MSOE) provides early education and care to 24 infants and toddlers and 34 preschoolers. The mission of MSOE is to promote a community of children, educators, administrators, and parents centered on the teaching methods and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, as adapted to the needs of the community. Students will progress toward school readiness through educational activities using the Montessori teaching methods, which are not currently available to this population. Children attending MSOE will be responded to as individuals, looking for the strengths and needs of each child.

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Elm City Montessori School

Elm City Montessori School opened in August 2014 with 70 children ages 3 through 5. It is New Haven’s first public Montessori school, and Connecticut’s only local charter school. Elm City Montessori School is a racially and economically diverse New Haven public elementary school serving PreK-3 through 8th grade, where students are guided to make decisions and work to their full potential through an educational program that follows Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy. Montessori education focuses on child-centered learning in multi-age classrooms, hands-on inquiry and intensive family engagement.

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