Early Childhood Education

West Hartford is a wonderful community to raise young children!

We are fortunate to have many excellent choices in early care and education. We have several early childhood programs that are accredited by the National Association for the Education for Young Children. There are currently 112 school day/school year pre-kindergarten seats in the West Hartford Public Schools and additional part time seats at the Early Learning Centers. All the WHPS seats are tuition based on a sliding scale. West Hartford participates in a state funded School Readiness grant also allowing us to support four additional private PreKindergarten programs that provide a limited number of full day/full year learning opportunities.

Useful links for parents of young children:

Great by 8 convenes parents, early childhood educators, health professionals, and committed members of the community to help ensure that every young child in West Hartford is healthy, engaged, and supported. Here is the link to their Facebook page.  

The West Hartford Public Libraries offer many programs for young children ages birth through elementary school.

If you have concerns about how your child sees, talks, hears, moves, eats, or plans, and your child is age 3-5 visit the WHPS Early Learning Center. If you child is under the age of three, visit the Birth to Three website to learn more about their support options. The Child Development toll-free infoline is 800-505-7000 and TDD accessible at 866-888-4188.

Irene Garneau

Department Supervisor of Early Childhood