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Q: Can anyone become a member of Hamden's partnership?
Q: are there any free day care or pre-school options in hamden?
Q: When is the deadline for kindergarten Registration?
Q: How can I find low-cost health insurance for pre-natal care?
Answer to question 3
Q: What is a centered-based Program?
A centered-based program may also be called child care, daycare, preschool, nursery school or group child care, early care and education. They are located in a variety of locations and buildings. These programs provide ECE to 7 or more children in a classroom setting.
Children under age three are in groups of 8 or less with at least one adult for every 4 children. Children over three are in groups of 20 or less with at least one adult for every 10 children.
Program Hours vary. Many programs are open 10 hours/day, year round. Others, often called preschool or nursery school, operate 2.5 - 5 hours/day during the public school year, September to June.
Some programs that operate 10/hours/day will accept children on a part time basis. This is more often a possibility with children over three as spaces for children under three are often filled.
Q: what is a licensed home-based program?
A licensed home-based program is child care that is provided in the licensed provider’s home. It can also be called family child care.
Providers care for up to 6 full-time children and 3 school-aged children. Family Child Care Providers can care for only two children under age two, unless the provider has an assistant.
Some providers offer very flexible hours.
Q: ARe all programs licensed?
Center and home-based programs are required to be licensed; pbulic and parochial schools programs are exempt from licensing.
For Child Care Licensing information call the CT Office of Early Childhood 1-800-282-6063.
Q: How are programs accredited?
Several national organizations offer accreditation to child care providers. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the most common one for center based programs.
Accreditation guidelines are generally stricter than those for licensing.
Accreditation is voluntary and not required by state law.