INVESTING IN OUR CHILDREN
31-year-old Corrine Weber and her little guy Carter are learning a lesson about the power of a caring community. That’s because Carter is in enrolled in United Way’s Early Head Start program.
United Way’s Early Head Start slots are offered to families who qualify in Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven. This program at the West Haven Child Development Center is the only one like it in the city of West Haven.
What does that means for Corrine? She doesn’t have to drain her bank account for Carter to attend this quality program. The program is free to low cost. For Carter, who is almost 2 years old, it means he will have the best start possible to his schooling.
Corrine is a single mother of three and she knows that this is more than just a daycare. She can focus on her job, knowing her asthmatic toddler is being taken care of by an on-site nurse. And she can work with the teachers to help her son thrive in school and life.
Yes, teachers! There are lesson plans, and measurable milestones for Carter’s learning. There are semi-annual parent-teacher conferences and check-ins, where concerns can be addressed.
For example, Carter’s development was considered delayed because he was neither walking nor talking at 15 months. At one of the meetings, his team referred him to another program and assisted Corrine with the necessary paperwork.
Early Head Start focuses on the well-being of the child, as well as building a rapport and relationship with the family. They are a support team, a resource, and they put the ‘care’ in childcare.
Without the generosity of United Way donors, life for Corrine and her family would be more challenging. United Way believes all children should enter school well prepared.
We also want to make sure that all students, no matter the obstacles, can succeed in school and are ready for college and career. Our Early Head Start program is one way we work toward those community goals.