The New Haven Early Childhood Plan is a roadmap for our community to help us create the opportunities, supports, and experiences that young children need to reach their full potential. The New Haven Early Childhood Council began developing the Plan in 2007 when Mayor John DeStefano appointed a diverse 46-member Leadership Work Group of early childhood educators, service providers, and community leaders to guide the community in the planning process.

A New Haven Early Childhood Plan Task Force was formed to encourage community input.  Task Force meetings involved more than 130 participants including parents, educators, health care providers, and representatives of family support, government and non-profit organizations. The Task Force organized members in three committees: 1) Early Care and Education, 2) Family Engagement, and 3) Health.

The Plan development process drew on a long history of parent and community engagement on issues of education and family development in New Haven, and called upon New Haven’s unique wealth of professional expertise and community knowledge.

In 2012, the Council began the process of refining the plan and identifying priority action steps. A revised and updated plan will be available soon. To view the 2009 plan, click here