Access & Quality
The New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District (NH ChILD) an initiative that reimagines the early care and education systems (ECE) and structures that perpetuate racial and economic disparities in access to high quality early learning experiences. NH ChILD is a revolution that, in partnership with the New Haven community, challenges the current ECE systems through: building an ECE infrastructure; revamping ECE funding sources; creating a common application and resource network; supporting family engagement and partnership; implementing professional learning and quality improvement initiatives; and streamlining the degree granting process.
There are two pathways towards creating a sustainable system of high-quality early learning for all 15,000 New Haven children ages birth to 8 years, their families, and the 1,300 providers needed to care for them: Access and Quality. NH ChILD’s work is trauma informed and relies upon the intersection of racial equity, economic development, workforce development, education reform, social justice, child development and tenacity.