Early Childhood Education - Pre-K, Infant and Toddler

Welcome! The New Haven Public Schools is committed to offering high quality early childhood experiences to our youngest students--children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

Our Child Daycare  programs serve children 6 weeks to 3 years, while all our Pre-K programs (Head Start, School Readiness and Magnet School Pre-K) serve 3-5 year olds.

While Pre-K programs located in schools coincide with the school year calendar, we also offer 12 month programs that are open 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily to meet the needs of working parent at the Early Childhood Learning Center, 495 Blake Street and Dwight School Readiness Program at 1324 Chapel Street.


How do I decide which Pre-K program?  How do I enroll my child?  Have other questions?  Click  HERE  for answers.


Where are the Pre-K programs located?  Click  HERE to find out.


If you completed a Magnet application and want to know if you were selected in the lottery for a preschool magnet seat, go to the Magnet Registration office or call them at 203-946-7415.  


If you are interested in enrolling in a NHPS Head Start or NHPS School Readiness program, registration  is located at 80 Hamilton Street.   All registration will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  To make an appointment, call 203-946-6950 or 946-6179.   

Click HERE for the list of documents needed to complete the application.
To register for Infant-Toddler Program, contact BARBARA NELSON  (203) 946-5306 or (203) 946-5321.  Registration location: Early Childhood Learning Center, 495 Blake Street.    

About our programs:
All of our classrooms implement district curriculum in the areas of language arts, mathematics and science.   Students are assessed using a cycle of observation and curriculum adjustment.  Four year old students are assessed in the area of early literacy district-wide.
Student progress is reported to parents three times a year and conferences are offered in the Fall and Spring.