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In the early 1990s, a group of Yale Law students doing legal outreach at New Haven homeless shelters were routinely meeting teenage mothers who had dropped out of high school in order to care for their babies. The young future lawyers brainstormed solutions and approached New Haven Public Schools with a proposal – help the moms stay in school by offering childcare on a school campus.
The law students enlisted the support of early childhood education experts and formed the nonprofit Student Parenting and Family Services. The school district offered the organization the use of the old metal shop at Wilbur Cross High School and The Yale School of Architecture redesigned the space pro-bono.
The result was the Elizabeth Celotto Child Care Center, a high-quality early education program for children aged 6 months to three years old. Since it opened in 1994, the center has cared for and educated hundreds infants and toddlers while supporting the parents with access to health services and academic counseling. Continue reading