Early Childhood & Family Programs

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 are 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.

Lori Borysewicz
Early Childhood Specialist
860.516.7002  x1345 | Email

Jolie Garfinkel
Early Childhood Specialist
860.567.0863 x1173 | Email

Kristen Kennen
Early Childhood Specialist
860.567.0863 x1189 | Email

Donna Delohery
Early Childhood Specialist
860.567.0863 x1161 | Email

Anne Giordano
Early Childhood Specialist
860.567.0863 x1201 | Email

Kate Zeidler
Early Childhood Specialist
860.567.0863 x1405 | Email

School Readiness Initiative

School Readiness includes 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, North Canaan, Plymouth, and Thomaston. 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
860.567.0863 x1160 | Email

Plymouth
Lori Borysewicz
860.283.6167 | Email

North Canaan

Kate Zeidler
860.567.0863 x1405 | Email

Thomaston

Michelle Anderson
860.567.0863 x1177 | 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
860.567.0863 x1160 | 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

For more info, contact:

Michelle Anderson

Director of Early Childhood & Family Programs

860-567-0863 x1177

Email