The Valley Council for Health & Human Services working with the Ansonia, Derby and Shelton School Readiness Councils has produced a new "Lower Naugatuck Valley Child Resource Guide" that is now available to the public. The guides were printed with the financial support of Naugatuck Savings Bank and Valley United Way. The guides are designed to assist parents in choosing child care programs for their children. They contain background information about the types of care available, accreditation information and questions that parents should be asking when choosing care. The guide also contains a listing of child care providers in the Valley.
The guide is the latest product of the group. A year ago the group distributed thousands of copies of a guide called "Born Learning" developed by United Way of America as a tool to be used in all communities to help parents understand what is expected of them and their children in the critical first years of life. At the same time, the group undertook a Valley Child care Capacity Study, and the new guide was developed based on the survey results. The survey was funded by Valley United Way and conducted by the United way of Connecticut which also designed the new brochure.
Ansonia, Derby and Shelton are all participating community's in the William Caspar Graustein Foundation's Discovery project which is also designed to promote early childhood programs designed to ensure that every child is prepared to succeed by the time they enter the formal schooling system. Though not Discovery communities, Seymour and Oxford are also active partners in the Early Childhood Committee.
If you would like a copy of the guide, please contact Valley United Way.