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The Partnership in Action
Hamden's Partnership for Young Children examines what young children and their families need and what is required to improve the effectiveness of our service delivery system. We are a group of professionals, parents, and grandparents working together to ensure that our young children are healthy, successful learners, and have stable, economically self-sufficient families so they may grow up and reach their full potential. We believe that all members of the community need to partner to effect system wide change in order to impact the education, development, health and care of young children.
We are an independent collaborative group with United Way of Greater New Haven serving as our fiduciary. Our funding comes from a variety of sources:
CT Office of Early Childhood
Hamden Public Schools
Town of Hamden
United Way of Greater New Haven
The Partnership also provides oversight for the School Readiness and Preschool Development Grants through which funding is provided to decrease the cost of early care and education for eligible families.
Areas of Focus
Early Care & Education - Birth to 9 Years Old
Hamden has 28 Center based early care and education programs; 16 of them serve infants and toddlers as well as preschoolers.
Hamden currently has 4 center based programs that receive state grants allowing for eligible families to receive financial support for child care.
Hamden families at or below the poverty level are eligible for free early care and education in family child care homes through Early Head Start coordinated by All Our Kin. Hamden would benefit from center based Early Head Start slots.
We are Working on:
It is difficult to understand the options for childcare / preschool and other special services so the Partnership has developed a plan to have personal and technological support to parents. The next step is to find some funding!
To plan most effectively, Hamden Public Schools needs families to register their children for Kindergarten in the spring. Many children in Hamden are not registered at that time so Hamden Public Schools and the Partnership are working to get the word out and encourage all families to register their children.
Affordable infant and toddler child care is very difficult to find. We are exploring whether options such as Early Head Start or Scholarships is a viable solution.