NH ChILD is a collaborative effort to re-shape the early childhood education landscape in New Haven. It’s a big vision with even bigger implications for children, families and communities. As such, it will require commitment, partnership and a broad range of resources. As we progress in our work, we’re compiling and sharing some of the key resources, for educators, care providers, parents and community members, including information and links for Covid relief and publications that provide detailed information on NH ChILD’s approach and plans to ensure all children in New Haven have access to high-quality early care and education.


What are the COVID-19 Financial Implications for your Childcare Center?
Most ECE centers have experienced negative financial implications due to COVID-19, but relief is out there. What do you need to know? What documents do you need? What questions should you ask your accountant? Get the info you need by watching our recent webcast session featuring a facilitated conversation between NH ChILD’s Executive Director, Dr. Wendy Simmons and Not For Profit Tax Specialist, Mary Antonetti of Marcum LLP.



PDF of webcast

Rescission of Emergency Orders


Other Covid Resources

Over the past year, our community has faced the unprecedented challenge of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, causing new and challenging conditions for everyone: health care needs, income uncertainty, food instability, and virtual learning for even our youngest learners. To assist, NH ChILD has compiled some resources to help you to care and provide for your families, maintain your businesses, and continue to support your children’s growth and development. This list of resources is by no means exhaustive. If you would to share resources for us to post, please send them to

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has information related to how to prevent contracting COVID-19, what do if you think that you are infected, as well other guidance documents and data on the spread of the virus.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a series of fact sheets about managing during an infectious disease outbreak including how to speak with children, how to cope with stress, and how to behavioral health. They are also available in Spanish.

World Health Organization

World Health Organization (WHO) has a dedicated page to COVID-19 including information about the virus, global updates, as well as advice and other resources.

Connecticut COVID-19 Portal


Given the need for social distancing, many insurance providers have approved telehealth options for their clients during the pandemic. Children and families may consider the following:

  • Clifford Beers which offers a range of mental health and social services. They also offer a daily updated resource page.
  • Integrated Wellness Group which offers a range of mental health services, specializing in supporting clients who have experienced racial/urban trauma.

Essential Worker

Note: Governor Lamont defines who is an essential worker.

Call 2-1-1 or if you are an essential worker you can call dedicated 211 line: 860.756.0864

Guidance from the Office of Early Childhood


You are entitled to paid sick leave during the COVID-19 pandemic under the Family First Act.

Child Care Providers:

Loans: Small Business Administration Loans – Small businesses, including child care programs and family child care providers, can begin applying for COVID-19 related Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans through the SBA. The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Center for Education & Workforce have produced a resource with details regarding how to apply: Small Business Administration Loans Available for Child Care Providers

For more information to offer childcare to essential workers connect with CT Cares for Child Care on the Office of Early Childhood website.

Business-Resources from the state of Connecticut


NH ChILD stands with Black and Brown communities

A commitment to equity is one of our core principles to change the early care and education system.

Implementing NH ChILD: Professional Learning

A Comprehensive Approach to Professional Learning to Reach All New Haven Early Childhood Educators. Written by Bank Street Education Center

Making the Case (executive summary)

Establishing New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District

Making the Case (full report)

Establishing New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District

Other Resources

Children’s Mental Health Day 2021: A Conversation with Dr. Walter Gilliam

With the triple pandemics of health, economics, and race, we have all faced a lot this past year. Mental health awareness is more important than ever, particularly for children. As a part of mental health awareness month, Executive Director of New Haven ChILD, Dr. Wendy Waithe Simmons joined Dr. Walter Gilliam, Professor in the Yale University Child Study Center and Professor of Psychology; Director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy for a one-hour conversation about the importance of mental health resources in early childhood education.

View the facebook live presentation below.


Investing in the Birth-to-Three Workforce: A New Vision to Strengthen the Foundation for All Learning
Ideal Pathways: How Ideal Learning Approaches Prepare and Support Early Childhood Educators
Ideal Learning in principle & practice

publication of Trust for Learning