Children & Youth

Each day, more than 400 children ages 3- to 5-years-old attend our School Readiness Programs. Catholic Charities also provides infant and toddler care in Waterbury, as well as Youth Development programs for adolescents in New Haven and a scholarship program affiliated with Catholic high schools.

Being there for children and youth also means being there for parents and other caretakers. Our programs include comprehensive wraparound services, including family literacy, well-child screenings, parent education and support programs, and more.

Programs for Children

Catholic Charities operates full-day, full-year School Readiness programs for 3- to 5-year-olds in Hartford, Meriden, New Haven, and Waterbury. The goal of School Readiness is to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.

Our Child Development Center on South Main Street in Waterbury provides nurturing and educational care for infants and children from the age of 6 weeks to 3-years-old.

Our School Readiness and Infant & Toddler Care programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which means they meet the most rigorous national standards in education, health, and safety.

There is no income limit to qualify. Each program operates on a sliding fee scale based on family income.

Youth Development Programs

Our Centro San Jose Family Center in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven provides comprehensive services for young people, with a focus on academics, leadership, employment skills training, civic engagement, and social development.

This program includes a competitive basketball team in an alternative league associated with New Haven Public Schools. Students receive tutoring and are required to maintain a minimum GPA to remain on the team.

Matthew 25 Scholars Program

Matthew 25 assists high school students from Hartford or East Hartford who have been accepted for enrollment at Northwest Catholic or East Catholic. The program fosters educational and social success through financial assistance with books, uniforms, and referrals for basic needs.