Our Partners

Making a positive difference in the community

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.
Key Responsibilities

Empowering Hartford families with quality care and education

The Early Learning Division is supported by the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation.

Visit the department’s website to learn more.

Parent Resources

The Early Learning Division is committed to providing parents with critical resources to support early learning. The following programs and resources are made available by state and local agencies. For specific questions about Early Learning Division programs please visit our main website here.

Hartford Public Schools serves more than 16,500 PreK-12 students from Hartford and nearly 70 surrounding towns. We are one of the largest public school districts in Connecticut, with 39 schools, including 18 magnet schools. We believe in our beautiful and capable students, high expectations, inclusiveness, collaboration, continuous improvement, and systemic accountability.
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The Birth to Three System contracts with early intervention programs across the state of Connecticut that support families with children who have delays or disabilities. Birth to Three offers supports to families with children who are under age 3 and have either:

  • A significant developmental delay based on a standardized test
  • A medical condition (diagnosed by a doctor) that’s likely to result in a developmental delay

Learn more about Birth to Three

The goal of the Care 4 Kids program is to make child care affordable for low to moderate income families in Connecticut. The program is a partnership between the State of Connecticut, the families in the program and the providers who take care of the children. To participate in the program, there are certain eligibility requirements for parents, children and child care providers.
Learn more about Care 4 Kids Tuition Assistance

We put babies at the center of everything we do. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.

Since 1977, we have translated our expertise in the science of early childhood development into pioneering programs, field-leading training and resources, and responsive policy solutions. As a membership-based organization, we provide a vibrant, connected community for professionals in diverse disciplines focused on child development who are committed to advancing their knowledge and skills.
Learn more about Zero to Three

SNAP provides food benefits to low-income families to supplement their grocery budget so they can afford the nutritious food essential to health and well-being. Learn more about SNAP

Hartford Talks’ LENA Start is a multiple week program for ages 0-5 that promotes early talk & childhood development.

Hartford Talks aims to assist in increasing language development in children starting as early as birth, in order to improve cognitive, social, and emotional health and to close opportunity gaps.

Estimated program duration is 5-10 weeks.

Learn more about Hartford Talks

211 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects people to essential health and human services 24 hours a day, seven days a week online and over the phone.

211 is fully certified in crisis intervention by the American Association of Suicidology and is certified by The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). AIRS is the professional association for over 1,200 community Information and Referral (I&R) providers.
Learn More About 2-1-1

The mission of the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation is to ensure the well-being and success of all Hartford families.

Key Responsibilities

  • Promoting and providing high-quality early childhood education
  • Youth development
  • Workforce development
  • Recreation, and other related programs.
  • Getting and keeping young people on safe and productive paths

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The AAP has approximately 67,000 members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and many other countries. Members include pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. To be a full Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), a member must be board-certified. This means they have passed the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination.
Learn More About Healthy Children

At Hartford Public Library, you will discover a place like no other. Through its mix of enriching resources, you can find a place that provides the spark for your conversation, the power for your passion, the courage for your soul and the food for your mind. It is more than just pages. It is the window to knowledge and understanding of the world. Our Six Priorities
  • Community-wide service and branches
  • Commitment to literacy
  • Expanded presence, profile and partnerships
  • Board governance and organizational excellence
  • Development and financial sustainability
  • Current technology
Learn More About Hartford Library

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and 52 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.
Learn More About NAEYC

Our Programs

Designed with all kinds of families in mind

Still potty training? No problem. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of all students regardless of age, ability, language—or anything else that makes your child uniquely them!
Our Educators

Meet the faces behind our laughter and learning

Lashevia Morris

Teacher, Hyland Early Learning Center
“I love how the children get so excited to come into the classroom everyday.”
Ebony Pitts
Teacher, Hyland Early Learning Center
“We work very hard at teaching and caring for all of our kids and their families. We’re always willing to help them when they need it.”
Candida Hubbard
Teacher, Hyland Early Learning Center
“What I love most about my role as an educator is the children. Ever since I was younger, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher.”
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Join our caring community of partners

We are able to meet and exceed our key responsibilities by partnering with dedicated groups and organizations that align with our mission. Learn more and become a partner today.