Promise & Benefits


CLC is closing the achievement gap among underserved preschoolers in Stamford with a unique, whole family approach to early childhood development that earned top accreditation scores from the NAEYC1 and top monitoring scores from OHSM2.

Funded by a broad donor base comprised of federal, state, and municipal governments3, as well as United Way, major donors, private foundations, corporations and individuals, CLC serves nearly 1000 children, predominantly from the most underrepresented and underserved backgrounds4.

CLC provides:

  • Well-trained, caring, dedicated teachers, many with Early Childhood Education Degrees and > 20 years of CLC experience
  • A creative, comprehensive curriculum built upon hands-on learning, sensory awareness, creative expression, multicultural socialization and lessons that develop literacy and science skills, as well as self-esteem and physical development.
  • On-site health care providers and family service workers who partner with teachers and parents to ensure that children’s medical, nutritional, physical and emotional needs are identified and addressed.
  • Nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks that provide 80% of children’s daily nutritional needs, served daily under the supervision of a Registered Dietetic Technician to help the children grow healthy and strong.

As a result, the majority of CLC children “graduate” at age 5 on a level playing field with their peers", as measured by CT Department of Education Performance Standards testing scores, and are ready to learn upon entering kindergarten.

  1. National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. CLC received top scores in 2010.
  2. Office of Head Start Monitoring assesses program compliance against a set of standards including child social-emotional development, cognitive and language development.
  3. Funding levels are uncertain and diminishing due to unprecedented budget deficits.
  4. 90% earning below 75% of the CT median income, with nearly 60% Hispanic (many in Spanish speaking-only homes) and 27% African American.