New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District
NH ChILD proposes to revolutionize the early care and education landscape in New Haven, Connecticut by bringing the community together around a common vision of Ideal Learning. Our goal is to provide quality early care and education experiences for all children ages zero to eight.
To achieve Ideal Learning for all children in New Haven, NH ChILD will focus in two key pathways: access and quality.
Young children and adults learn through relationships.
The teacher is a guide, nurturing presence and co-constructor of knowledge.
Decisionmaking reflects a commitment to equity.
The time of childhood is valued.
Play is an essential element of young children’s learning
Instruction is personalized and childfocused to acknowledge each child’s individual development and unique abilities.
The environment as “teacher,” is intentionally designed to facilitate children’s exploration, independence and interaction
Children construct knowledge from diverse experiences to make meaning of the world.
There is a continuous learning environment to support adult development.
Birth through age eight is a critical time of development for all children and forms the foundation for later success.
Without access to quality early care and education, New Haven’s youngest children are at risk—academically and socially.
Working together, we can create a district where all children have access to high-quality early childhood programs.
New Haven is well poised to serve as a national model for the Ideal Learning pilot, given its size, diversity, capacity and commitment to early childhood.