Balancing Tradition with Innovation

At Women’s League Child Development Center – learning and love come together. We believe that every child deserves the best care and education. We believe that socioeconomics cannot be allowed to present a barrier to opportunity. We believe that families and community have the right and responsibility to be engaged in our program and that, together, we can provide the enhancing experiences that prepare children for success in school and in life. We believe children love to learn and learn to love, when given the chance.

Leaders in Childhood Education

In 1991, Women’s League became the first inner city early childhood education program to be accredited by the National Assocation for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We continue to maintain our status as a role model in the field by fulfilling and surpassing the highest standards. As a selected Hartford School Readiness provider, Women’s League is approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education and licensed by the Department of Public Health. Our center has also been chosen as a participant in the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Brighter Futures Initiative Child Care Enhancement Project.

Skilled, Professional, Dedicated Staff

Our teachers are certified, college educated and experienced in early childhood education. Ongoing professional development, a requirement for our teachers, enhances skills and assures best practices in working with children and families. Administrative and support staff are attentive and compassionate. Everyone is involved in making our center welcoming, responsive and supportive.

Family Participation

Families are encouraged and expected to be actively involved in their child’s educational experience. We appreciate the rich resource represented by our families. We also take seriously a responsibility not only to educate children, but to prepare families as advocates for quality programs. We offer ongoing events to support and engage families in meeting the demands of raising successful children.

Health and Nutrition

Children learn best when they are healthy and happy. Vigilant attention and strict guidelines combine to provide for the physical, emotional, nutritional, social, and cultural well-being of our children.

Our History

Established in 1917

Women’s League has deep roots in Hartford’s community. It was founded in 1917 by a devoted group of women to meet the needs of migrant and immigrant families. Services during the early years included a residence for single moms and quality childcare for families and single women entering the workforce. In 1927, Women’s League became the first minority affiliate of the Greater Hartford Community Chest (now the United Way of the Capital Area), testimony to the value and quality of its programs. Since 1947, our focus has been on early childhood education. Today as a recognized leader in the field, we operate a child development center for over 200 infants, toddlers, preschoolers and schoolagers.

1917-Women’s League has deep roots in Hartford’s community. It was founded in 1917 by a devoted group of women to meet the needs of migrant and immigrant families. Services during the early years included a residence for single moms and quality childcare for families and single women entering the workforce.
1919-A house was purchased on Avon Street and the League moved to the Clay-Arsenal neighborhood.
1926 -The League becomes the first black minority organization to receive funding from the United Way of the capital area.
1932 -Recreational activates for school age children and adult education classes helped the league become an even more vital part of a growing community, especially for families hit hard by the great Depression.
1953 – The League moved to its present site at 1695 Main Street
1990 – The League began a capital building Campaign for the new center
1994 – The new state-of-the-art facility opened

From The Director

“Women’s League has been a pioneer in Early Childhood education for its entire century of service.  This is an amazing place with a great history, a dedicated professional staff, and enduring commitment to caring and excellence.”

 

Terry Schmitt

Interim Executive Director, Women's League Child Development Center