Due to COVID-19, please note the following: Early Learning and Youth Services will be closed until further notice. Supportive Services and Energy Assistance programs in Bridgeport and Norwalk are open to staff only. Clients can call (203) 366-8241
About Early Learning
We believe EVERY child deserves a head start. With Alliance’s Early Learning program, you can begin your child’s educational success with one of our 13 early learning sites throughout the greater Bridgeport, Trumbull, and Stratford areas. Classrooms provide meals and snacks, educated teachers, and high-quality learning. We have a low-cost sliding scale, offer full and part day services, and accept children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years old. At Alliance, we are inclusive of all children including those with special needs and/or disabilities. For more information regarding the different learning sites and how to request and application, please visit the links on this page.
How can I enroll my child in the program?
Registration is open to all children regardless of race, color, creed, gender, ethnicity, national origin or disability. Services are available for children ages 0-5 with services also available for pregnant women. Head Start/Early Head Start families must meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines, with limited over-income placements available. We encourage you to visit any of our centers and pick up an application. This is an opportunity to speak with staff and possibly tour the site. The application process will be explained in detail, including what documentation is required as well as next steps. Applications are also available online.
Are there openings right now?
Openings are filled using criteria that has been approved by The Alliance’s Board of Directors, and the Early Learning Division’s Policy Council. Slots are not filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If the center is full, we encourage you to still submit your application in order to be placed on the waiting list. We encourage you to keep your contact information current and check in with the ERSEA manager on a monthly basis.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
No, children are welcomed and enrolled in our Early Learning program even if they are not potty trained. It is not a requirement for the child to have completed this milestone at home, but instead the process can be part of our curriculum.
What is the weekly fee?
Families enrolled in one of our fee-paying programs pay based on the State of Connecticut Department of Education Child Day Care Center schedule and/or the School Readiness Initiative fee schedule. The fee is determined based on the family’s gross income and family size. The fee is calculated per child however, ELD has a policy in place that allows a discount based on the number of children enrolled in the program. Families are strongly encouraged to apply for Care 4 Kids.
What is Policy Council and how do I sign up?
As a member of the Policy Council, you have the potential to have a huge impact on the Early Learning Division program. Policy Council provides parents with the opportunity to support the delivery of quality services to children and their families. The Policy Council makes key decisions regarding employment of staff, Head Start/Early Head Start grant applications, recruitment of children and families and so much more. In order to become a member of the Policy Council, you must be elected at your Parent Committee meeting. Elections typically take place at the beginning of the year, but if there are openings, elections can occur at any time during the year.