Calvin Hill Day Care Center & Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten

150 Highland Street 
New Haven, CT 06511 
Telephone: (203) 764-9350 
Director: Carla Horwitz, M.A.

Program and Philosophy
Preschool and kindergarten are places where children observe and experiment in order to make sense of their world, begin to build relationships, and become members of a larger community. In recognition of this we have created a developmentally sound curriculum based on what we know about how children learn. Calvin Hill is a warm, caring and stimulating environment, that promotes intellectual and emotional growth. The center is also a community: parents and teachers from a variety of national, ethnic, and economic backgrounds share concerns, support children's learning, and join together to help ease some of the burdens of working families. Calvin Hill Day Care and the Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten are accredited by the NAEYC. 

Background Housed in a converted firehouse, the Calvin Hill Day Care Center and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten are private, non-profit, educational programs for children of students, employees, and faculty of Yale University and the broader community. The day care was founded in 1970 by Yale undergraduates and named for the former Yale football star, Calvin Hill. The goal of these students was to make a quality child-care program available to University families from all economic levels. In 1983, in response to the growing needs of the community, an all-day kindergarten was opened on the second floor of the center. Named for an early childhood teacher, consultant, founder, and longtime friend of the center, Kitty Lustman-Findling, the kindergarten provides continuity of care in a rich and stimulating environment. All programs provide child care at a reduced cost to many families who are unable to afford the full fee. 

Fees, Enrollment, Hours, Professional Staff, and Who to Contact

Fees: The tuition for each program is based on a sliding scale linked to income, $2060-$10,500 per year for a 10 month program.

Enrollment: The Threes Program day care serves 14 children, 2 years 9 months to 3 1/2. The Preschool day care program serves a mixed age group of 25 to 30 three and four year olds. The all day kindergarten serves a group of 18 to 21 five year olds. Calvin Hill Day Care and the Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten serve community as well as university families. 

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, September to June (8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. by arrangement). A separate seven week summer session is also available. Every effort is made to accommodate the needs of working families. 

Professional Staff: The center has a highly trained and experienced staff of 11 teachers. The average tenure is 12 years. All teachers have a background in early childhood education. 

For more information, contact Carla Horwitz, Director, (203) 764-9350. 

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