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The New Haven Early Childhood Council’s 30 members are volunteers appointed by the Mayor and School Superintendent. Council members include parents of young children, representatives from community organizations invested in the well-being of young children, and the Mayor and Superintendent or their designees.

The Council’s work is accomplished through its committees, which are comprised of NHECC members as well as over 50 parents, community members, New Haven Public School staff and representatives of other organizations that work with children from birth to age 8.

In 2009, the Council published the NHECC Early Childhood Plan as the roadmap for our work. In 2013, the NHECC reviewed this document and the progress of the Council, resulting in the refocusing of its effort to fulfill the mission.

NHECC Goals and Activities are driven by Our Mission and Our Plan. The Council works to:

  • increase the quantity and quality of early care and education in New Haven, a system that serves over 3,000 children in various center-based and family childcare settings.
  • provide a variety of supports (training, consultation, resources and materials) to help teachers and caregivers better understand child development and how children learn.
  • raise public awareness of and support for early care and education, including about the importance of the early learning years.

NHECC is one of 51 communities funded in part by the Graustein Memorial Fund as a Discovery Community and one of 19 Priority School Districts to receive School Readiness grants.