Early Learning

The Early Learning Division will continue to follow guidance and direction from federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority is to implement the protocols needed to provide in-person services to children and support families. We are fully committed to protecting the health and safety of children and families through face coverings for staff and all children (ages 2 and older), frequent hand washing, and other health and safety measures.

In case of inclement weather (ex. snow), please watch News Channel 8, log onto our Facebook page, or call (203) 366-8241 x3274 for details about closings or delays.

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 14 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.


  • YES! Enrollment is currently open. Openings are filled serving the neediest of families first.

    If a 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.

    Applications are also available online.

  • 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.

  • 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. Families who are eligible for CT Care 4 Kids will receive FREE childcare through September. As part of the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress, CT Governor Ned Lamont has committed to paying family fees for those who receive child care subsidies through Care 4 Kids until September 30, 2021.

  • 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.

    Contact Person: Christy Kochanowicz, ERSEA Manager

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