Early Learning Programs

CIFC's Early Learning Programs (ELP) are based in Danbury and Norwalk, where about 600 children attend Early Head Start, Head Start or School Readiness programs, which offer a range of child care and preschool options for those living in Greater Danbury and Greater Norwalk. Below are all of CIFC's ELP sites. 


  • Head Start Center, 37 Foster St.
    A state-of-the-art facility with sixteen classrooms and extensive amenities especially designed for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Laurel Gardens Public Housing Community Center, 385 Main St.
    Conveniently located within the housing community with two preschool classrooms and an in-door multi-purpose room for gross-motor activities and play.
  • WIC Center, 80 Main St.
    One Early Head Start classroom located adjacent to the WIC office in the same building (Women Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program).
  • Early Childhood Education Center, 29 Park Ave.

New ELP with seven preschool classrooms and extensive amenities, including an indoor multi-purpose room, a kitchen, and a modern outdoor playground

All of these facilities are close to CIFC's Greater Danbury Community Health Center at 120 Main St., Danbury. 


  • Nathaniel Ely Center, 11 Ingalls Ave. 
    A shared preschool center with a full gym, three preschool classrooms and two infant and toddler classrooms, and two outside playgrounds (one for preschool students, 3 and 4 years old, and the other for infants and toddlers).  
  • Ben Franklin Center, 165 Flax Hill Road. 
    Four preschool classrooms located in a shared preschool center with an in-door multi-purpose room for gross-motor activities and an outside playground. 

Greater Danbury Head Start, School Readiness & Early Head Start office

Danbury Head Start Center 
37 Foster Street, Danbury, CT 06810
Tel: (203) 743-3993
Fax: (203) 792-9387
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Application Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Greater Norwalk Head Start & Early Head Start offices

11 Ingalls Ave. (Ely Center) & 165 Flax Hill Road (Franklin Center), Norwalk, CT 06854
Tel: (203) 791-5090
Fax: (203) 286-6487
Office & Application Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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We provide early, continuous, and comprehensive child development and family support services including early childhood education through Head Start.

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Children begin learning the second they are born, so it is essential that infants and toddlers have healthy beginnings. The Early Head Start program provides an environment that is warm, nurturing, inclusive and safe, with an enriching educational setting designed to allow infants and toddlers, age 6 weeks to 2 years, 11+ months, to learn and grow at their own pace, while parents are at work.

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Head Start of Northern Fairfield County participates in the State's School Readiness program, Connecticut's effort to ensure that Danbury children aged 3 and 4 arrive for Kindergarten ready for formal schooling.

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