Provide Quality Education

Education

Greater New Haven’s preschool enrollment is high (57%, versus 43% nationally) but needs improvement so children from all neighborhoods start out with the right foundation. Costing an average of $10,000 per year or more, preschool is unaffordable for many families. At least 25% of Connecticut preschoolers living in lower-income families are not served by any state or federal subsidy.
Although an incomplete measure of educational quality, third grade reading levels can strongly predict future educational outcomes, including graduation rates. Statewide reading achievement levels increased from 2008 through 2013, and Greater New Haven mirrored this trend almost exactly.

Connecticut's high school graduation rate of 85% is high by national standards and is rising. Within the City of New Haven, the graduation rate is rising even more quickly, but significant differences persist by race and socioeconomic status.

More recent data has been compiled in the Greater New Haven Community Index 2016 and Valley Community Index: Understanding the Valley Region. 

Learn about the nonprofits working to provide quality education in our region:

 New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.
Our mission is to celebrate and empower young Latinas by providing inspirational role models and introducing powerful life skills for personal excellence   The Latina A.R.M.Y. (TLA) strives to provide young Latinas and all girls with hands-on forms of self expression and resources to help them cope with problems...
To inform and empower women and girls to address issues affecting their health, education, financial, and social well-being.
ARC programs show students how to use what they're learning in the real world.Our intent is to provide K-12 students a heightened appreciation of how architecture and design relate to the world around them and to empower them with 21st-century skills and a problem-solving framework that can be applied in every aspect...
Breakthrough New Haven offers academic enrichment and preparation for and placement into college preparatory high school programs to high potential middle school students (grades 7 and 8) from New Haven public and parochial schools. Breakthrough New Haven also serves as unique teacher workshop in education designed to encourage talented high sch...
United Way of Greater New Haven brings people and organizations together to create solutions to Greater New Haven's most pressing challenges in the areas of Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We tackle issues that cannot be solved by any one group working alone.   
Leila Day Nurseries, Inc. is an accredited private nonprofit child care center serving children of working families from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.  Our guiding principle is to foster the children's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development within a warm and nurturing environment that is based on sound principles...
The James Blackstone Memorial Library provides essential access to information, resources and unique shared experiences to help ensure Branford is an educated and enriched community.
Hamden Hall Country Day School, an independent, college preparatory, co-educational, pre-school through grade 12 day school challenges students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity and social responsibility while preparing them for demanding academic programs at the collegiate level.   The core value...
Bethesda Nursery School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest caliber early care and education for children ages 3 to 5 years old based on the principles of developmentally appropriate practice. The school supports and encourages the optimum growth and development of every child in a nurturing, sa...
The Mission of Good Shepherd Child Development Center is to nurture and strengthen families one child at a time by providing high quality early care and education.   Our programs adhere to best practices in education and childcare and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Chi...
Calvin Hill Day Care Center, Incorporated and its Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten is a private, non-profit educational preschool and kindergarten program whose aim is to serve as a support for families, working in partnership with parents to help meet the emotional, social, physical, language, literacy and intellectual needs of their chil...
The Guilford Center for Children is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment for young children who need out-of-home care during the day.
The mission of ACES, a leader and innovator in education, is to empower our students, member districts, and other clients to meet educational and life challenges in the changing global environment by providing collaborative, customized, cost effective solutions to meet identified needs of our educational community.
To be a leading provider of quality child care by joining families and early childhood professionals in a community of care.  To foster each child's development and unique potential through intimate care in small, diverse groups.
The mission of Literacy Volunteers is to empower adults through literacy.
The West Haven Child Development Center believes that the family unit is the strongest influence in the life of the young child. Our program is designed to support the family by providing the child with a warm, secure, and educationally stimulating environment. These needs are met by the use of qualified staff specially trained in early care ...
SONCCA is a state-licensed, non-profit organization, dedicated to providing quality, school-based, before-school, after-school and summer programs for the elementary- and middle-school-aged children and youth of working parents in the towns of Seymour and Oxford.
The New Haven Free Public Library Foundation raises funds to support the mission of the New Haven Free Public Library.The New Haven Free Public Library is a community treasure focused on creating experiences for all ages that support cultural connections, economic engagement, lifelong learning and young minds. ...
   To serve young children by providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum which enhances self-esteem, promotes problem-solving skills, and fosters healthy emotional, social, physical, language and intellectual growth. Our program helps build a community of active, engaged learners and families. 
The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut (LVSCT) is to provide services at no cost to any individual who wishes to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives in our community.
The School for Ethical Education (SEE) recognizes the need for an increased focus on ethical behavior within human interactions. We also affirm the contribution of sound ethical reasoning in the advancement of ethical behavior. To promote our vision, SEE provides classes and seminars to educators, parents, student leaders and community member...
Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals with autism and related disorders and the lives of their families by enabling them to become active participants and contributing members within their families and communities. Furthermore, we are driven to advance the field of Behavior Analysis by cultivating new practitioners and educatin...
All Our Kin, Inc., is a nationally-recognized, Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains community child care providers in order to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life. Our vision: all children, regardless of where they live, thei...
The mission of Read to Grow is to promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their babies' first teachers.We operate with two programs: Books for Babies and Books for Kids, and have given more than 1.3 million free children's books in our 15 ...
Alexis Hill Montessori School is a Montessori-based childcare facility for children from 6 weeks to 3 years of age, primarily from low-income families. Alexis Hill's mission is to provide a rich, loving, and safe environment that fosters total development and eagerness for life-long learning in each child by utilizing the philosophy and methodo...
Educate Children, Empower Families, Inspire Teachers, Engage Community, Embrace Diversity
The Gateway Community College Foundation assists the College in expanding its services to students, enhancing academic instruction and investing in Connecticut's future. It advocates for the College and creates nurturing partnerships with businesses, organizations and institutions throughout the community. It also provides ...
Common Ground's mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice within a diverse community of children, young people, adults, and families. We accomplish this mission through: The nation's oldest environmental public charter high school, creating the ne...
The organization helps as many children as possible with scholarship awards to attend undergraduate school.
The mission of the Connecticut Children's Museum is to provide children, their families and teachers with innovative and inclusive educational programs in an arts and literacy-based, multiple intelligences-inspired, magical place, rich in resources and rooted in the community.  Children need a place of their own where they...
Our Mission: Saint Martin de Porres Academy is a faith-based, NativityMiguel middle school that provides a tuition-free, extended day education for underserved girls and boys from low-income families in the New Haven area. We are an independent Catholic school committed to a belief in the dignity and worth of every person and striving to provide...
Despite the promise of equal educational opportunity, the United States has largely failed to provide low-income children access to a high-quality education. The difference in academic performance between poor and affluent students, known as the achievement gap, has serious implications for the future life opportunities of students and for ...
We understand that all people learn differently and may need options to achieve their full potential. Our mission is to promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions. Our vision is for all people to have equal opportunities to learn. We will su...
The Community Fund for Women and Girls promotes social and economic advancement for women and girls through strategic philanthropy, grants, advocacy and collaboration.    A component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls is a permanent endowment focusing...
Our mission is to ensure that we as parents and students are truly involved in education policy and decision making and rightfully acknowledged as critical participants in the success of our school system.
New Haven Promise is a scholarship and support program designed to promote college education as an aspiration for all New Haven Public School students.New Haven Promise's mission is to build a culture in the public schools in which students aspire to attend and graduate from college; to provide financial support for those students; a...
The mission of Shelton High School Robotics Team is to promote life long learning for students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills through participating in FIRST competitions and inspiring team members to be better leaders by gaining creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, gracious professionalism, com...
Providing services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success.
To help students in the 11 towns we serve to improve their abilities to read, write, and speak English more fluently; to help improve their working and personal lives; to help them achieve personal and professional fulfillment, however they define it; and to help them become better able to contribute to the community we share.
The mission of Ansonia Public Schools was adopted by the Ansonia Board of Education on November 4, 2009:   "The mission of Ansonia Public Schools is to provide a learning environment that challenges and motivates all students to attain high standards of achievement and reach maximum individual potential. In a pa...
Sacred Heart Nursery & Kindergarten is owned by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is staffed both by the sisters and qualified lay persons. It was established in 1975 as a private Catholic school for the education of preschool and kindergarten age children regardless of race or religion. Believing that each student is a child ...
The Institute Library's mission is to fulfill its historical purpose of "mutual assistance in the attainment of useful knowledge" for its members and the New Haven community at large through literature, civil discourse, and the arts. The Institute Library's vision is the perpetuation of the modern community library as a physical place, social sp...
Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.  We leverage two extraordinary forces to improve early literacy and educational outcomes:  the power of parents and the influenc...
Bill Strickland built the Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) in Pittsburg on the philosophy that “Every human being, despite the circumstances of his or her birth, is born full of potential, and that the way to unlock that potential is to place individuals in a nurturing environment and expose them to the kind of stimulating and ...
Our mission is to raise the academic achievement of urban public school children, leading them to succeed in school and beyond.  We use the resources of technology to educate students, teachers and parents, as our foundation and integrated approach for attaining improved educational outcomes...
To create and sustain person-centered opportunities for each person with special needs where they live, learn, work and play.    GUIDING PRINCIPLES We see the whole person and focus on competence and capacity.  We specialize in finding the unexpected in people. We create options based on ...
The mission of the Ansonia School Readiness Council (ASRC) is to ensure that all children in Ansonia are ready for kindergarten by the time they enter school.  The ASRC coordinates the 124 slot Ansonia School Readiness program for 3 and 4 year olds at four locations: Ansonia Middle School, Julia Day Nursery, Inc. TEAM Earl...
The mission of the Social Communication Foundation is to meet the 21 Century need to improve communications between socially challenged people and socially skilled people and to reduce the likelihood of bullying in the environments where they learn, live, and work. We know that bright people with social communic...
Elm City Internationals (ECI) uses soccer to engage low-income youth (mostly immigrant and refugees) with academic enrichment, college counseling and mentoring services. The end goal is for all of our students to attend and graduate from college.
The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
The Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund is building our community through the arts. We provide opportunities for the whole community to engage in creative pursuits  in order to create a rich cultural heritage for tomorrow. Through arts festivals, arts programming, and grants to public schools and nonprofits, the Turtle Shell Fund ...
JASON Learning connects students with life-long, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences enriched with mentors and role models to foster long-term academic and career success.
The New Haven Scholarship Fund helps New Haven high school graduating seniors break the cycle of limited opportunities.  We give scholarships to students who wish to pursue their continued education and do not limit our awards to top achieving students, as we believe that all students deserve an opportunity to fulfill their potential. ...
At Teach For America – Connecticut, we are building individual and collective leadership in partnership with students, families, and communities so that, one day, all students in low-income and historically oppressed communities will grow to attain a wide-range of self-determined opportunities in life, opportunities not limite...
All New Haven children, birth through 8, are healthy, safe, thriving in nurturing families and prepared to be successful lifelong learners.
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in a diverse urban setting with a diverse student body where we create a culture of acceptance, pride, respect and excellence.