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About the Early Childhood Collaborative

The Hartford Foundation’s Early Childhood Collaborative is a network for people and organizations who work with young children and their families. This network is committed to improving the early childhood field by learning, sharing, and working together across sectors to improve outcomes for all children in Greater Hartford.


The Hartford Foundation’s Early Childhood Collaborative was founded in 1987 as the Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative, with the goal of improving the accessibility and quality of child care in Greater Hartford.


Over the past three decades, we’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in the early childhood field by working with partners to create successful models (Accreditation Facilitation Project, CT Directors Credential, Cost of Care tool), offer high quality professional development (Creative Curriculum, TSI Gold, Mind in the Making, etc.), and by being advocates at the local and state levels.


In 2016, we made the exciting decision to join with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Early Childhood Investments, allowing us to join together to increase our capacity to provide the best possible supports for early childhood in our region.


This website was created to build an additional support for our membership by bringing together partners who work in various sectors of early childhood, including early care and education, family support and engagement, health, mental health and more. Here, we will share the latest research and expert opinions, as well as our decades of experience in the field, both virtually and in-person.  By being a part of this network, you will learn about new opportunities to share and learn both on this site and through our in-person trainings and events.  Our goal is to create a digital network for early childhood professionals, so that, working together, we can help put Greater Hartford children on the path to success.

About the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

We are the community foundation for the Capitol Region of Connecticut - your community foundation - committed to bringing together resources, both human and financial, to improve the lives of all residents. Our work is only possible through the dedication of our partners: donors, nonprofit agencies, professional advisors and community and business leaders.

10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th Floor, Hartford CT 06106 | 860-548-1888


    Our team works to align services, practices, policies, and resources at the local, regional, and state levels. Commitment, care, and support for children and families must happen at all of these levels in order to build and sustain a quality early childhood system.

    Learn more about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

    10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th Floor, Hartford CT 06106 | 860-548-1888

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