The New Haven Early Childhood Council (NHECC) was created in 1997 under state statute to increase local community involvement in decisions about early care and education. In 2002, the Council expanded its focus to include ensuring that all children from birth to age eight have the opportunities, supports, and experiences they need to reach their full potential.
The Mayor and School Superintendent appoint the Council’s members, who include parents, representatives from community organizations invested in the well-being of young children, and the Mayor and Superintendent or their designees. The Council’s monthly meetings are open to the public.
The Council's (NHECC) top accomplishments this past year include our work with New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) to increase alignment between Pre-K and early elementary grades; improvements in quality in early care and education settings; and increased outreach and support for families of young children.
The Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is a signature program of the NHECC. Activities include family-friendly literacy-focused events in the community at public venues that include museums, libraries and the local farmer's market. Other events take place at NHECC member or partner organizations. All activities stress the importance of literacy, reading and talking with young children and raise community awareness of the New Haven Early Childhood Council.
In addition, the WOYC celebrates the important work that Early Childhood Educators do every day and to provide Professional Development. Curriculum Boxes that contain books for the classroom and related props for the children to use are distributed to both centers and family child care homes.
WORDS and Numbers began as an Infant and Toddler Language & Literacy Initiative, funded by United Way of Greater New Haven's Success by 6 Grant program. WORDS was designed to promote language development for infants & toddlers by increasing the oral language of their caregivers and the number of books each child hears. WORDS has a three-prong approach to developing strong language skills in young children: 1) providing a skilled literacy coach to instruct teachers about how young children acquire language; 2) using quality children's books and props to expand vocabulary; and 3) creating family lending libraries to promote reading at home.
The project's in-depth approach to building language and numeracy-rich classrooms and strengthen teaching strategies in selected center-based and family childcare classrooms that serve infants and toddlers is designed to improve and change practice.
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The New Haven Early Childhood Council operates under the 501c3 of the United Way of Greater New Haven. The 990s and audits contained in this profile are those for the United Way of Greater New Haven. The previous three years of financial information in the profile is specific to the New Haven Early Childhood Council.
Educate a child and you change a community. For the child, a good education means better career opportunities and higher lifetime earnings. College graduates enjoy better health and are more inclined to volunteer and vote. For the community, supporting our youths’ educational goals results in a stronger society.
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