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About CLC

Our Mission:

Together, We’ll Shape a Generation Through Early Childhood Education

Our Vision:

Building a Just Future Where Every Child and Family Thrives Because of Early Childhood Education

Head Start

Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC) is committed to providing early childhood education for all families, with direct services and programs focused on health, nutrition & family support for children 6 weeks – 5 years of age.

As the second largest early childhood education provider in Connecticut, CLC has been a leader in developing and implementing high-quality and affordable early childhood education and care programs since 1902. The nonprofit agency is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has eight locations in Stamford.

CLC is a Fairfield County innovator in early childhood education outcomes, empowering families to be their own advocates in any circumstance, including when faced with early education obstacles. CLC also identifies and develops strategic community relationships to strengthen families and just educational outcomes.

Both my children attended CLC and it was the best experience for them, as well as for myself. I was even given an opportunity to work for CLC and it taught me so much. I am thankful for all the staff and how they work with each other. I would recommend CLC to any parent because they care for your child in every way!

Mildred Reyes

CLC Parent

Ryley has learned so much academically, socially and emotionally. She has grown and learned to be independent. I love to hear her stories of what she learned and did during the day when she gets home each day.

Jennifer Lundgren

CLC Parent

Infant, toddler and preschool classrooms utilize high-quality, comprehensive resources which empower educators to intentionally teach and care for our youngest learners during their most critical and formative years of development. Financial assistance for CLC programs is based on eligibility. 

Children in all programs are provided two meals and a snack each day at no cost to families. This makes CLC the largest food provider to young children in Southwest Connecticut, sustaining 80% of our children’s nutritional needs.

 

In 2020, during eight weeks early in the COVID-19 pandemic, CLC provided reliable and safe childcare to children of healthcare and frontline workers as part of Project 26. CLC re-opened all eight of its Stamford locations in June 2020, enabling more parents to go back to work. CLC also continues to provide remote learning and support services to children who cannot join in classrooms right away.

The pandemic did not change our resolve and commitment to prepare the next generation for a promising future.

Marc Jaffe

CEO, CLC

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