Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC), the second-largest center-based early childhood education nonprofit in CT, has re-opened all 8 locations to serve 380 children, enabling nearly 500 parents to go back to work.
Operating under the standards and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), CLC has implemented new measures to create the safest environment possible.
New health and safety protocols include daily health screening and temperature checks for children and staff; placing classrooms in cohorts to limit interaction with other children and staff; increased standards for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection; and implementing social distancing practices during activities such as arts and crafts, storytime, manipulative play, outdoor time and naps.
CLC continues to play an essential role in providing critical nurturing and education for our community’s young children, while also enabling their parents to go back to work. CLC serves families of all income levels and offers qualifying families sliding scale fees based on family size and income. CLC also provides federal Early Head Start and Head Start programs.
While CLC is currently full, the nonprofit agency is accepting enrollment inquiries for the new school year at 203-967-6960.
Families interested in enrolling in Early Head Start or Head Start may call 203-989-0228.
Even with physical centers being open, CLC will continue to provide remote learning and support services to children who can’t join classrooms right away. This is especially unique because online learning is not typically delivered to preschool children. The pandemic has not changed CLC’s resolve and commitment to prepare the next generation for a promising future.
“Throughout the pandemic, CLC has been providing remote support to enrolled families, but for months we have strived to re-open to provide reliable and safe early childhood education and care that enables parents to return to work,” stated CLC Chief Executive Officer Marc Jaffe. CLC is more than an early childhood education center; it is “an economic engine,” explains Jaffe. “We enable more parents of young children to work than any other nonprofit in Southwest Connecticut.” Under normal circumstances, CLC educates and cares for 950 children a day, 10 hours a day, 51 weeks a year in its 8 locations. In addition, CLC is the largest food provider to young children in Southwest Connecticut, serving nearly ½ million meals and snacks a year.”
CLC has been a leader in developing and implementing high-quality and
affordable early childhood education and care programs since 1902. All
of the nonprofit agency’s eight locations are accredited by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or
approved by Federal Head Start.
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