Quality early childhood experiences, which are grounded in developmentally appropriate practices, provide a solid foundation for learning that has long term positive benefits for children.  The early childhood programs provide high quality educational experiences. All of our programs provide comprehensive child development and family support services that support the social, emotional, physical, and educational development of children and families in our programs.

We also provide professional development and consultation services for early childhood and after school providers. Our professional development and consultation services are recognized as exemplary and much sought after by school districts, early care providers, and after school providers. 


Early Childhood Training, Coaching and Consultation

Provides high quality training to early care and education staff throughout our region, including workshops, nationally recognized speakers, college courses, and training in leadership and administration. Consultation, monitoring, evaluation, coaching and training is provided to school districts and early childhood providers with a focus on curriculum, assessment, and the preschool environment. Professional development includes specialized focus on infant and toddler development and infant mental health. 

Accreditation support and quality improvement services are provided to early childhood programs seeking National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation. Ongoing supports include: group and individual support meetings and study groups, professional development workshops, individualized onsite coaching, and technical assistance.

Donna Delohery
Early Childhood Specialist
203.791.1904 x1161 | Email

Anne Giordano
Early Childhood Specialist
860.567.0863 x1201 | Email

Kristen Kennen
Early Childhood Specialist
203.791.1904 x1189 | Email


School Readiness Initiative

Affordable, accessible, and quality preschool child care experiences for children ages 3-4, preparing them to succeed in school. EdAdvance directly supports School Readiness programs in Danbury, Plymouth, and Torrington. Support services include facilitating the work of the Councils, providing training for child care staff and directors, and supporting the national accreditation.

Danbury
Eileen Costello
203.791.1904 | Email

Plymouth
Lori Borysewicz
860.283.6167 | Email

 

Thomaston
Kristen Kennen
203.791.1904 x1189 | Email

Torrington
Donna Labbe
860.806.1410 | Email

 


Community Planning for Young Children

We convene community groups, parents, and business partners to plan services and supports to increase positive outcomes for children that ensure children are ready and healthy to enter school.

Danbury
Eileen Costello
203.791.1904 | Email

Litchfield
Michelle Anderson
860.567.0863 x1177 | Email


Early Childhood Roundtable

Bi-annual convening of area preschool and early care teachers from local school districts and community programs.

Michelle Anderson
Director of Early Childhood & Family Programs
860.567.0863 x1177 | Email