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An enduring commitment to excellence

Founded in 1917, the Women’s League Child Development Center is an outstanding, family-friendly early childhood learning center located in the City of Hartford’s North End at 1695 Main Street.

In over a century of serving children and families, we’ve maintained an enduring commitment to excellence in early childhood education.

We’ve been consistently rated as one of the ten best child development centers in the Greater Hartford region.

Our Center is a cherished and amazing place! 

  • Our Hartford roots are deep. Caring for children and their families are our traditions. 
  • At Women’s League, your children learn the social, emotional, and educational skills they need for successful entry into kindergarten—and beyond.
  • We creatively expose children to science, technology, arts, engineering and math at early ages to give them a head start toward the careers of tomorrow.
  • We respect children’s first teachers: parents. We actively involve and support families in raising successful children. 
  • Our dedicated, professional staff strives to continually develop their skills in order to provide the highest quality early learning experiences for children in our care.

More than 250 infants and children ranging in age from three months to five years of age fill our classrooms every day with the joys of play and learning.

Our state-of-the-art building houses 17 vibrant classrooms brimming with smiles, stimulating activities, and wonder. Outdoors, under the shade of trees, children enjoy safe playscapes and gardens. 

At Women’s League Child Development Center, all infant, toddler and preschool programs are offered in safe, stable environments that meet or exceed the learning expectations defined by the Office of Early Childhood-Early Learning and Development Standards. We also meet the quality standards set forth by the City of Hartford’s School Readiness Program. We are the largest nonprofit, single site school readiness program in the City of Hartford.

We Believe

Every child deserves the best care and education
A child’s socioeconomic status cannot be a barrier to his/her opportunities in life
Families and communities have the right and responsibility to be engaged in educating their children
Together, we can prepare and propel children to great success in school—and in life
Children love to learn when given the chance

Our Alumni Include

  • Shawn Wooden, investment attorney and State Treasurer of Connecticut
  • Denise Nappier, the first woman elected State Treasurer in Connecticut history; the first African American woman elected State Treasurer in the United States.
  • Thirman Milner, former Mayor of Hartford; the first popularly elected Black mayor in New England.
  • Daryl Thames, elected as School Board Chair, Manchester
  • Glendowlyn Thames, Deputy Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development
  • John Gale, attorney and Hartford City Councilman

1695 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06120 | 860.524.5969 | [email protected]

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