Early Learning

Smiling Girl at Health Fair

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.

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)


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 Centers managed by the City of Hartford are located:

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

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

Metzner Early Learning Center
680 Franklin Avenue
Phone: (860) 757-0871
Fax: (860) 722-6549

City of Hartford Early Learning Centers
Application Process 


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

List Of Other State Lincensed 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
OFYC-Metzner ELC 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