Child & Family Agency’s Two Childcare Centers Serve Over 150 Children
Childcare is a program of Child and Family Agency that served 157 children last year –64% of the families served fall at or below the federal poverty level and are some of the most at risk families in New London and Groton. Established in 1906, the New London Day Nursery is one of the oldest childcare centers in the United States. It and its sister center in Groton, our Early Childhood Development Center, serve preschool children and infants and enabling their working poor / working class parents to be gainfully employed, continue their education or receive job training. Our programs enable children and families to have access to quality early care and education that will create a lifelong love of learning and prepare all children for their later school experiences. Our child care programs are unique in the holistic approach we take by offering a variety of programs and resources for the children and families in our care.
Children are immediately enrolled in our Agency’s School Based Health Centers upon their start, our Family Resource Center employees work with our children and families in their homes to provide extra support as needed, onsite access to agency nurse and social service consultants, as well as the ability to receive counseling services through our Child Guidance Clinics. We are breaking down barriers to early care and education for young children and families by providing true one-stop shopping, all on a sliding fee scale. We are also able to support children and families basic needs through our collaborations with Gemma Moran Food Bank, local auxiliary and church group donations of diapers, baby wipes and clothing.
We provide developmentally appropriate curriculum experiences and opportunities for young children that support the social, emotional, and physical well-being of all children. We utilize the CT Early Learning Development standards, Bingham Social/Emotional curriculum tools, ASQ assessment tools as well as the Preschool Assessment Framework(PAF). In combination with individual child observations, these tools allow our teachers to create classroom lessons that support each child’s individual development. Children ages 6 weeks to 5 years utilize the classroom curriculum on a daily basis. Utilizing developmentally appropriate curriculum allows children to develop at their own pace through the use of play, enables the classroom teachers to recognize developmental delays in children and reach out for services to support their needs and ultimately prepares children to be successful in school.
Our childcare centers are NAEYC and state accredited programs with outstanding staff who work to every day to ensure that the children and their families benefit from a positive experience.