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Head Start and Preschool

Children start on a lifetime of learning in CRT's Early Care and Education (ECE) program
 

CRT offers affordable, high quality, licensed child care and education for more than 1,100 children from six weeks to five years of age. Centers use the nationally-respected Creative Curriculum, so that all children enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Brightly colored, modern classrooms offer an excellent learning environment. Skilled staff meet the needs of the whole child: educational, emotional, social and health.  Children with physical or emotional disabilities are welcome.

All preschool children receive vision, hearing, dental and other screenings. Healthy meals and snacks are provided for free. Families have access to all CRT services. Staff help parents set and meet their goals. Parents can volunteer in classrooms, take workshops, participate in family activities and serve on the committees that help to run our program. 

Our centers are located in Bloomfield, Bristol, Clinton, East Hartford, Middletown, Portland and Windsor. We encourage you to come in for a tour! The best time is 10-11:30 am, but call for other options.

Class schedules vary by program. Most classrooms are open 7 hours per day, 10 months per year. If you’re working, in school or in job training, you may prefer a longer daily schedule in a year-round classroom. Choose a schedule that meets your family’s needs. Staff speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.


To Apply

Eligibility is based on the child’s age and household income. Some programs are free. Others charge fees on a sliding scale, based on family size and income. Requirements vary by program.

Immigration status or a lack of Social Security numbers or Birth Certificates are not barriers to enrollment.  CRT also works with families who are homeless, children in the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and those in foster care..

Please bring the following papers with you to apply: 
 
  • Child'€™s birth certificate
  • Social Security Card for child (optional)
  • Medical insurance card for child 
  • Child€™'s current physical exam (good for one year) 
  • Proof of address (lease, utility bill, bank statement) 
  • Proof of household income for one-month (for example: tax return, W-2 Form, Unemployment compensation, pay stubs, budget sheets)
 
Call for an appointment or walk in to apply at any of our ECE sites, CRT Resource Centers or our main office. You can also pre-register online here.

Places to apply

NameAddressTownTelephoneHours/Days
Eric Coleman Center1051 Blue Hills AvenueBloomfield(860) 243-1165
Bristol Head Start49 South StreetBristol(860) 584-9307Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Bristol Head start254 Lake Avenue Bristol(860) 589-6951Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Clinton Head Start82 West Main Street/RT 1Clinton(860) 669-9497Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Douglas Street Early Care Center170 Douglas StreetHartford(860) 560-5460Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Locust Street Early Care Center261 Locust StreetHartford(860) 560-5521Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
CRT Resource Center395 Wethersfield AvenueHartford(860) 560-5881Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm
Grace Street Early Care Center37 Grace StreetHartford(860) 523-6262Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Job Corps Early Care Center100 William Campbell BlvdHartford(860) 952-1790Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
CRT Resource Center330 Market StreetHartford(860) 560-5149Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm
Ritter Early Care Center555 Windsor StreetHartford(860) 560-5485Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Heritage Child Development Center175 Enfield StreetHartford(860) 560-5437Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
CRT Resource Center44 Hamlin StreetMiddletown(860) 347-4465Mon - Fri 8 am - 4 pm
Portland Head StartGildersleeve School, 575 Main StreetPortland(860) 342-4364Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Early Childcare Education (ECE) Program Locations

NameAddressTownTelephoneHours/Days
Eric Coleman Center1051 Blue Hills AvenueBloomfield(860) 243-1165
Bristol Head Start49 South StreetBristol(860) 584-9307Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Bristol Head start254 Lake Avenue Bristol(860) 589-6951Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Clinton Head Start82 West Main Street/RT 1Clinton(860) 669-9497Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Douglas Street Early Care Center170 Douglas StreetHartford(860) 560-5460Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Locust Street Early Care Center261 Locust StreetHartford(860) 560-5521Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Grace Street Early Care Center37 Grace StreetHartford(860) 523-6262Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Job Corps Early Care Center100 William Campbell BlvdHartford(860) 952-1790Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Children's Learning Center211 Laurel StreetHartford(860) 560-5487Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Ritter Early Care Center555 Windsor StreetHartford(860) 560-5485Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sigourney Mews206 Collins StreetHartford(860) 560-5401
Idella Howell Early Care Center44 Hamlin StreetMiddletown(860) 346-1284Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Portland Head StartGildersleeve School, 575 Main StreetPortland(860) 342-4364Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Community Renewal Team is an equal opportunity provider.

Updated March 2016  
Child Abuse Prevention Day Parade

 


Josephine Pittman,
Head Start Parent 
“I’m grateful for the attention and care that Head Start provides my child. They are focused on the child’s entire development—emotionally, educationally and physically. Having the opportunity to serve on the Policy Council means my voice really counts in helping the program even more.”

Free Workshop- Alternatives to Foreclosure

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child

Child First Award, ECE Child Abuse Prevention Program 
Aetna Foundation and the Hartford Multidisciplinary Group

Licensed by the CT Office of Early Childhood