The Basics are five fun, simple, and powerful ways to help all our children aged 0-3 grow to be happy and smart.
Family Resource Centers
Families can access information at Norwalk’s Family Resource Centers located at Fox Run Elementary School (203.899.2326) and Side by Side Charter School (203.857.0306). More information is available by going to the Norwalk Family Resource Centers Facebook page.
Parents as Teachers
There is a Parents as Teachers program at Norwalk’s Family Resource Centers for families with children ages birth to 5.
Care4Kids: Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. Many area childcare centers and family childcare programs take Care 4 Kids. http://www.ctcare4kids.com/
The Norwalk Early Childhood Council
Since 1998, the School Readiness Council and now, the Norwalk Early Childhood Council (NECC), have worked to ensure that all Norwalk children enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed in school and in life. The Council views early literacy development as essential for the success of all children. This broad-based collaborative is comprised of area agencies, early care and education providers, government, the public schools and funders. The group supports literacy and early childhood initiatives in Norwalk. Funding from the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has allowed the council to support early childhood literacy programs and workshops including the Reach Out and Read program at the Norwalk Community Health Center, Raising Readers Parent Book Clubs in collaboration with the Fox Run Family Resource Center and community outreach to new parents through Norwalk Hospital, the Norwalk Town Clerk’s office and the Norwalk Health Department.
Socially-children learn the social skills necessary for a group setting. In preschool children make friends and develop important relationships and connections with other children and adults.
Families can learn more about their child’s development by using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3), a fun, interactive way to understand the many changes a baby or young child goes through. https://cdi.211ct.org/program/ages-and-stages/
Why is it so important?
Learn more about your baby’s brain development: http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/bbb/brainTimeline.php
There are a variety of preschools in Norwalk including private providers and center and school-based programs. They offer full- and part-day options for families. Children entering preschool must be 3-years old or 2.9 years of age if enrolling in September and turning 3 on or before the end of the calendar year.
Learn more about services and support for families and young children.