Early Learning

Smiling Girl at Health Fair

1. Overview

The City of Hartford has a longstanding commitment to early childhood education and interventions. It is the first municipality in the State to implement a citywide Early Childhood Blueprint and the only city to establish a department, endorsed by City Council, to oversee early childhood initiatives.

The Division performs day-to-day planning and coordination, serving as the lead entity to coordinate and implement early childhood policy and the City’s coordinated early childhood plan. Its responsibilities are to:

  • Implement early childhood policy coordinating early learning and development planning;
  • Unite early childhood programs and into a coordinated comprehensive citywide system;
  • Improve the quality of early childhood programs, increase teacher credentials, and strengthen the use of effective instructional practices through professional development and data-driven decision-making practices in order to ensure positive child outcomes;
  • Lead and/or participate on boards and commissions related to early childhood and;
  • Seek additional revenues

Mayor's Cabinet for Young Children

Established by the Mayor, the Cabinet advises the Mayor in setting policy on all matters affecting young children and their families and acts as the local School Readiness Council. The Cabinet includes both elected and appointed public sector leaders as well as non-governmental appointees representing important stakeholders including parents. Cabinet responsibilities are:
  • Recommend and oversee city policy on early childhood;
  • Establish short - and long-term goals and targets;
  • Advance the City’s Early Childhood Plan or Blueprint; and
  • Assume and extend beyond the functions of the state-mandated School Readiness Council in order to embrace a birth to age nine continuum inclusive of all providers (Center-based, Home-based, and Friends, Families & Neighbors), regardless of funding source.
Mayor's Cabinet for Young Children Meeting
 9/11/2020  Meeting Agenda and Minutes(PDF, 2MB)
08/22/2019       Minutes(PDF, 29KB)  
11/12/2019   Agenda(PDF, 34KB)   Minutes(PDF, 192KB)




School Readiness Program

The Connecticut School Readiness Program is a state-funded initiative administered by the State Department of Education that develops a network of school readiness programs throughout the state to:
  • Significantly increase the number of spaces in accredited and/or approved programs for young children to provide access to high quality school readiness programs;
  • Significantly increase the number of full-day, full-year spaces to meet family needs; and
  • Share cost for school readiness and child-care programs among the state and its various agencies, the communities and families.
Hartford resident children who are ages 3-5 who are not eligible to enroll in school may enroll in a school readiness program. The Division for Young Children assumes responsibility for overseeing Hartford’s School Readiness Program under the auspices of the Mayor’s Cabinet for Young Children with the Assistant Director appointed as the local liaison to the State Department of Education.


1. Policy Approval Systems(PDF, 69KB)

11. Policy Non-Residency Option(PDF, 40KB)

2. Policy Budget Guidance(PDF, 60KB)

12. Policy Non-Sectarian(PDF, 32KB)

3. Policy CHEFA Loans(PDF, 125KB)

13 Policy PAF Child Outcome Data(PDF, 99KB)

4. Policy Children with IEP(PDF, 58KB)

14. Policy Professional Development Registry(PDF, 35KB)

5. Policy Eligibility for Program Enrollment(PDF, 71KB)

15. Policy Professional Development(PDF, 17KB)

6. Policy Fees and Subsidies(PDF, 94KB)

16. Policy School Readiness Council Membership(PDF, 101KB)

7. Policy Fee Schedule and Per-Child Contributions(PDF, 94KB)

17. Policy Shot Types(PDF, 94KB)

8. Policy Full-Day Slot Reimbursement(PDF, 24KB)

18. Policy Staff Qualifications(PDF, 59KB)

9. Policy Income Guidelines(PDF, 85KB)

19. Policy Start-Up Cost(PDF, 27KB)

10. Policy NAEYC Requirements(PDF, 111KB)

State Licensed NAEYC Accredited Early Learning Centers

Early Learning Centers Site Address Site City Site Zip Code

Asian Studies Academy at Bellizzi School 585 Wethersfield Street Hartford 06114
Asylum Hill Early Learning Center 814 Asylum Avenue Hartford 06105-2805
Boys and Girls Club ELC 170 Sigourney Street Hartford 06105
Burns Latino Studies Academy 195 Putnam Street Hartford 06106
Burr School 400 Wethersfield Avenue Hartford 06114
Capitol Child Development Center 450 Broad Street Hartford 06106-1401
Catholic Charities Therapeutic Learning Center 53 Wadsworth Street Hartford 06106
Children's Learning Center 211 Laurel Street Hartford 06105
Crayons and Numbers Day Care Services 691 Blue Hiils Avenue Hartford 06112-1211
CRT - ECE Heritage Early Learning Center 175 Enfield Street Hartford 06112
CRT - Eric D Coleman ECE Center 1051 Blue Hills Avenue Bloomfield 06002-2700
CRT - Job Corps Academy Child Development Center 100 William Shorty Campbell Street Hartford 06106
CRT - Middletown Early Care & Education 44 Hamlin Street Middletown 06457-3200
CRT - Sigourney Mews Early Learning Center 206 Collins Street Hartford 06105
Douglas Street Early Care & Education -Community Renewal Team (CRT) 170 Douglas Street Hartford 06114
ECE Grace Street Center - Community Renewal Team (CRT) 37 Grace Street Hartford 06106
Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School 101 Catherine Street Hartford 06106
Hartford Neighborhood Ctrs-Mitchell House 38 Lawerence Street Hartford 06106-2409
Hyland Early Learning Center 355 New Britain Avenue - First Floor Hartford 06106
Kennelly School 180 White Street Hartford 06114
Kings Chapel Early Care & Education Ctr 400 Woodland Street Hartford 06112-2149
Locust Early Care & Education Community Renewal Team (CRT) 261 Locust Street Hartford 06114-2008
M. D. Fox School 927 Asylum Avenue Hartford 06105
Naylor/CCSU Leadership Academy 639 Franklin Avenue Hartford 06114
Metzner Early Learning Center 680 Franklin Avenue Hartford 06114
Paraiso Infantil 45 Wadsworth Street Hartford 06106
Parkville Community School 1755 Park Street Hartford 06106
Pequenin Children Multicultural Readiness Academy 1400 Park Street Hartford 06106-2247
Pride and Joy Learning Academy 449 Silas Deane Hwy Wethersfield 06109
Rawson School 260 Holcomb Street Hartford 06112
River Street School Birken Campus 34 Sequassen Street Hartford 06106
Salvation Army Learning Center 100 Nelson Street Hartford 06120-2043
Sanchez School 176 Babcock Street Hartford 06106
Sand School 1750 Main Street Hartford 06120
SS Cyril & Methodius School Readiness Program 45 Groton Street Hartford 06106-2702
The Right Place School Readiness Child & Family Center 123 Sigourney Street Hartford 06105-2756
Thomas Ritter Center - Community Renewal Team (CRT) 555 Windsor Street Hartford 06120-2418
Trinity College Community Child Center 300 Summit Street Hartford 06106
Village Early Childhood Learning Center 1680 Albany Avenue Hartford 06105
West Middle School 927 Asylum Avenue Hartford 06105
Wish Museum School 350 Barbour Street Hartford 06120
Women's League Child Development Center Inc 1695 Main Street Hartford 06120
YWCA East Hartford Early Learning Center 9 Signor St East Hartford 06108-3432
YWCA-Elmwood 1106 New Britain Avenue West Hartford 06110
YWCA-Growing Tree 195-205 Garden Street Hartford 06105-1443

2. City of Hartford Early Learning Centers

Three centers, strategically located throughout the City of Hartford, provide high-quality early childhood learning and development services year-round to infants, toddlers and preschool children, including those with special needs. Funding to support the operations of the Early Learning Centers is provided by the State of Connecticut and the City of Hartford.

All of the Early Learning Centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), licensed by the State Office of Early Childhood and employ experienced and credentialed early childhood professionals to partner with parents in order to promote the health and development of their children.

Early Learning Center Sites and Application Process:

Asylum Hill Center

Asylum Hill Early Learning Center
814 Asylum Avenue 
Phone: (860) 757-0750
Fax: (860) 218-1580


Asylum Team

Senior Teacher Ms Adrian<

Ms. Adrian

Senior Teacher
Child Study
 30 Years Experience 

Teacher Ms Gladys

Ms. Gladys

Early Childhood
 13 Years Experience 
Teacher Ms Elizabeth

Ms. Elizabeth

Early Childhood
 26 Years Experience 

Teacher Assistant Ms Ann Marie
Ms. Ann Marie
Childhood Development
17 Years Experience

Chef Mr Hakim
Mr. Hakim
 25 Years Experience 

Hyland Center

Hyland Early Learning Center
355 New Britain Avenue
Phone: (860) 757-0700
Fax: (860) 722-6062


Hyland Team

Senior Teacher Ms. Tejada

 Ms. Tejeda

Senior Teacher

21 Years Experience

Toddler Teacher Ms. Pierce Preschool Teacher Ms. Carrion

Assistant Teacher Ms. Hubbard

Ms. Hubbard

Assistant Teacher

19 Years Experience

Preschool Teacher Mr. Amos

Mr. Amos


22 Years Working
With Youth

Preschool Teacher Ms Anderson

Ms. Anderson

Preschool Teacher

Chef Mr. Carbone

Mr. Cerbone


10 Years Experience

Preschool Teacher Ms. Valencia

Ms. Valencia

Assistant Teacher

5 Years Experience

Assistant Teacher Ms. Thomas

Ms. Thomas

 Assistant Teacher

31 Years Experience

Metzner Center

Metzner Early Learning Center

680 Franklin Avenue
Phone: (860) 757-0871
Fax: (860) 722-6549

Metzner Team

Ms Segura Senior Teacher Ms Mariela Teacher Ms. Lucia Teacher

 Ms. Segura

Senior Teacher
Bachelors in
Human Services
Associates of Science
Early Childhood Education

25 Years
Teaching Experience

 Ms. Mariela

Associates in 
Early Childhood Development
Attending Springfield College
Bachelors in Early Childhood 
Human Services

Teaching since 2005

 Ms. Lucia


Bachelors of Science

Teaching since 1997

Application process and linked forms:

  1. Early Learning Center Enrollment Application 
  2. Release of information 
  3. Authorization for Access to Confidential Health Information 
  4. Emergency Care Form  
  5. Medical Statement for Meal Modifications in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Child Care Programs
  6. Child Enrollment & Emergency Medical Care Form
  7. Income Eligibility Application For Child Care Centers and Head Start
  8. Social Service Survey
  9. Nutrition Questionnaire for Children

Other Required Documents:

  • 2 Forms of Proof of Address
  • Copy of Income Tax Return
  • Copy of Child's Birth Certificate
  • Child's Birth Certificate
  • Verification of Income
  • Verification of Address
  • Medical/Insurance Card
  • Updated Physical

3. Hartford Family Child Care Network

Family Child Care Network

To support family childcare providers by strengthening their knowledge and practices in early care and education, and business operations.

Our Vision
Family childcare providers offer high quality sustained childcare programs that promote child well-being and healthy development.


  • Professional Development Services
    Professional Development workshops, training and conferences are available throughout the year to all members. These opportunities focus on early care and education, best business practices and one-on-one coaching.

  • Coaching
    One-on-one coaching is available to all members.  Coaching sessions are designed to fit provider’s needs in a variety of areas such as: child development.  The HFCCN follow Connecticut’s CKC Framework Reflection tool as well as Rush and Sheldon’s coaching model.

  • Wrap Around Services
    The Village’s wrap around services provides a support person for the childcare provider, who is responsible for providing connections to various Village programs and other community resources. This service is intended to wrap around the provider in a way that supports him or her in all aspects of their childcare. 

  • Family Resources Directory
    Network members will receive a copy of the Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation’s Family Resource Directory. The directory catalogs over 350 Hartford-based organizations that provide youth, family, education, workforce development, civic engagement, and support services throughout the City. 

  • Free To Join
    It’s completely free to be part of the network! There is no additional cost to providers or to families. As a member of HFCCN, you will have the opportunity to build connections with other providers in the community while developing your own skills 

All family child care providers can applying for Family Child Care Network. Click Link Below.


For additional information or to have an application mailed to you, call 860-757-9538 or email carta002@hartford.gov

4. Hartford Talks

 Hartford Talks Logo

Hartford Talks is a replica of the Providence Talks early intervention initiative. In 2019 the City of Hartford was selected as one of five cities to participate in this replication cohort funded by What Works Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Utilizing the technology of a “talk pedometer” developed by Colorado-based LENA Research Foundation, Hartford Talks is able to provide three different intervention models that work directly with families and caregivers of infants and toddlers. The Professional development model, LENA Grow, supports early care and education providers by focusing on conversational turn-taking throughout daily interactions.  This will support the foundation for developing higher-order thinking skills as children enter preschool.  The next model LENA Start, supports families in a group setting throughout the community. The Word Count home visiting model, LENA Home, is in partnership with the Village to support all home-visiting agencies throughout the city.

Through these models data is collected to measure talk and interactions between adults and young children. The coaching sessions provided will assist families and caregivers to be able to provide a more language-rich and interactive environment for the children.