CRT’s Head Start Programs Give Children the Edge

Community Renewal Team (CRT) of Hartford and Middlesex counties is one of the largest non-profit providers of human services in Connecticut. CRT offers nearly 60 services, including Meals on Wheels, energy assistance and supportive housing and shelter, but one of the agency’s most sought-after offerings is childcare and early childhood education.

Today, CRT’s Head Start program cares for and educates more than 1,100 children across Bloomfield, Bristol, Clinton, East Hartford, Hartford, Middletown, Portland and Windsor. Children range from six weeks to four years of age. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is free of charge for children who qualify. Eligibility is based on a child’s age and household income. Most of the seven-hour-per-day programs are free; other fees are on a sliding scale, based on family size and income. If a parent requires additional childcare hours to meet job responsibilities, CRT works with them. Impressively, 93.7 cents of every dollar CRT receives goes directly into programming.

Head Start programs strongly encourage the role of parents as their child's first and most important teachers, and, as such, these programs build relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships and family well being. Parents are encouraged to become active volunteers in their child’s classroom and meet weekly with their assigned case manager who assists them during challenging times such as finding and preparing for job interviews.

In addition to receiving instruction around the nationally-respected Creative Curriculum, CRT’s Head Start participants enjoy breakfast, lunch and a snack each day.

This October, CRT is launching an Early Head Start program in its Hartford and East Hartford locations. The program will accept 80 qualified infants and toddlers who will receive free care for eight hours per day, 52 weeks per year as well as free diapers, formula, baby food, health and developmental screenings. The East Hartford Early Head Start program will serve as a laboratory school in conjunction with Goodwin College for students studying early childhood education and is destined to be a best-practices site for other Early Head Start programs.

Immigration status, lack of a birth certificate or social security number are not barriers to enrollment. CRT also works with refugees, homeless families and children in foster care.

Contact Community Renewal Team,, 860.560.5401, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit one of CRT’s 18 locations.



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