Early Head Start

Early Head Start

A child’s brain is 90% developed by age five, making the early childhood years one of the best opportunities to shape a child’s future.

We believe all children should have access to high quality early care and education. Infants and toddlers are given that chance through United Way’s Early Head Start (EHS) program in collaboration with our four community partners.  

EHS provides child-development and family-centered services for income-eligible families in Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven. This two-generational program focuses on the well-being of the child, as well as building a relationship with the family. Children benefit from the nurturing and learning provided in a year-round, high-quality program, while parents are connected to services that enable them to pursue goals such as going back to school and getting a job. 

United Way manages this complex program, using local funds to leverage federal dollars to meet a high priority need in our community. Starting early is a proven way to help children be successful in school and life, and is a big part of our strategy to make sure all children, no matter the obstacles, are ready for college and career. 

If interested in the benefits of free to low-cost high-quality care for infants and toddlers ages 0-3, as well as enrollment and eligibility information, contact Reina Leon-Sanchez


Learn about our Early Head Start partners.

All Our Kin: allourkin.org | 153 East Street, 3rd Fl, New Haven, CT 06511

Student Parenting and Family Services, Elizabeth Celotto Child Care Center: parentingstudents.org | 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven, CT 06511

Morning Glory Infant Toddler Center: mgelc.com | New Haven, CT

West Haven Child Development Center: whcdc.info | 201 Noble Street, West Haven, CT 06516


For eligibility and enrollment, contact Reina León-Sánchez.

ERSEA/FCP Coordinator, United Way Early Head Start
203.668.0665 | rleonsanchez@uwgnh.org

ERSEA = Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment & Attendance
FCP = Family & Community Partnership 





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