In 2008 the City of Norwalk established an Early Childhood Office staffed by the Early Childhood Coordinator and the School Readiness Liaison. The Early Childhood Coordinator serves as a resource to all early care and education programs in Norwalk, center-based and family childcare. They maintain a directory of all center-based programs in Norwalk English or Spanish and publishes a monthly flyer with childcare openings in all settings. They are also available to families with young children who are looking for resources including early care and education programs.
City of Norwalk-Early Childhood Coordinator - Mary Oster
email@example.com or (203)854-4148
The Early Childhood Coordinator also monitors early care and education programs funded by the Child Day Care contract grant from the state as well as the Head Start program that receives city funding. They maintain a network of little libraries in Norwalk at various locations including the Norwalk Health Dept., the Norwalk Green, laundromats, barbershops and early care and education programs. See a listing of the little libraries here: Residents are welcome to take books from any little library in Norwalk. Neighborhood Library Exchange | Norwalk Public Library Services - Official Website (norwalkpl.org) You can also request information and a Free Book for Kids Ages 0-5 by using the QR code or clicking on the picture below:
The coordinator is a member of the Norwalk Early Childhood Collaborative, the Norwalk ACTS Implementation Team and the Norwalk ACTS Early Childhood Development Initiative. They also advocate on behalf of Norwalk’s Early Care and Education community through statewide organizations including the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance (CT Early Childhood Alliance) and Child Care for Connecticut’s Future (Home | Child Care for CT).
Please call the Coordinator at 203.854.4148 with questions about available services and resources for families with young children as well as options for early care and education.
Early Childhood and Why it’s so Important
Prenatal Care and Tips
Prenatal (Before Your Child is Born)
Building Your Child’s Brain
Help your baby or young child’s brain development by supporting the Five Developmental Domains:
Birth to Three: The CT Birth to Three System is designed to support families to enhance their child’s development and connect to their communities. Learn more: https://www.ctoec.org/programs-and-services/Home visiting:Home visiting programs provide in-home support and services for children and their families. For more information about home visiting programs:
Early literacy involves building skills to get ready to read, and you can help your child develop early literacy just by reading or telling stories with the pictures in a book and talking to them every day, in any language.
Early Childhood Childcare and Education (Infants-Preschool)
Looking for childcare? Norwalk offers both center-based and family childcare options for children beginning at 6 weeks of age through kindergarten entry. Many programs receive state subsidies and offer tuition on a sliding-fee scale. The Head Start program is free to those who qualify. See information below on accessing information about early care and education programs.
A high-quality early care and education experience benefits children in many ways. It helps children get used to routines, develop problem solving skills, learn how to compromise with others, self-regulate their behavior, and gain independence. It also helps them develop early literacy and numeracy skills. The following information can help as you explore early childhood education experiences for your child.
Health and Nutrition
American Academy of Pediatrics Early Childhood Health and Development: https://www.aap.org/en/patient-care/early-childhood/early-childhood-health-and-development/
Time for kindergarten!
Kindergarten is open to any child who is going to 5 on or before September 1 of their kindergarten year.
Information and Resources for Families
Does your family need help with food, housing, utilities, or other services? The City of Norwalk Community Resource Hub is here to help you identify, understand, and navigate available support services and resources. Call the professionals at the Community Resource Hub at 203-854-7999 or stop by City Hall, Room 202. For more information, visit: https://www.norwalkct.org/1898/Community-Services
Kid Friendly ActivitiesNorwalk Playgrounds
Local Libraries-FREE and OPEN to all
Story Times, Music, Gym, Baby & Me and more
Early Childhood Structure in Norwalk
The Early Childhood Office
The Norwalk Early Childhood Office is located at the Norwalk Public Schools Family Center at One Park St. It was established in 2008 with support from the City of Norwalk, Norwalk Public Schools, the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund.
The Office houses:
The Norwalk Early Childhood Collaborative
Since 1998, the Norwalk Early Childhood Collaborative (NECC) has worked to ensure that all Norwalk children enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed in school and in life. The Collaborative includes parents, program directors and representatives from organizations including the city, Norwalk Public Schools, the Norwalk Public Library, Family and Children’s Agency and the Norwalk Housing Authority. Find more information about the Collaborative on its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/norwalkearlychildhoodcouncil or by contacting the Early Childhood Office (203)854-4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.