Through the pathways of Access & Quality, we’re creating a sustainable system of high-quality early learning for all 15,000 of New Haven’s children


NH ChILD’s goal is to provide access to Ideal Learning early care and education to all New Haven children from birth to age eight.


To provide access for all children, New Haven needs an additional 2,500 high- quality early childhood spaces. Over the next 10 years, NHChILD will work to create 2000 new slots for infants and toddlers; and 500 for preschool aged children.

Public Funding

High-quality early care and education is expensive, making it unavailable to many families in New Haven. NHChILD will work to establish sustainable funding sources that bridge the gap between what families can afford to pay and what programs need to provide high-quality care.

Early Childhood Resource Network

To help families easily access opportunities, resources, subsidies and more, NHChILD will create a comprehensive interactive, on-line system available to all families with young children.

“Within a few short weeks of beginning at the center, I noticed marked changes in my daughter’s vocabulary, ability to organize, and her behaviors. It’s difficult to articulate, without being dramatic, but my whole family has been uplifted by the experience we are having here. I wish every child and family the ability to access this level of care and education regardless of their income.” – parent at an Ideal Learning childcare provider