About Calvin Hill


As Director of Calvin Hill Day Care Center and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten, I am pleased to share my enthusiasm for our beautiful school with you.

Calvin Hill is a vibrant community where our warm and experienced teaching staff nurture and support children and families.  Our play-based programs for three-year-olds, four year olds, and kindergartners are based in our knowledge of developmentally appropriate early childhood emergent curriculum and instruction. We want each child to love learning, to be curious, to express their thoughts, and to be a good friend.

We are a Yale-affiliated center established in 1971 by a group of idealistic Yale undergraduates. We uphold their founding mission to provide affordable, high-quality childcare and education to the children of the Yale and greater New Haven communities. We are a nationally recognized model training site for early childhood professionals eager to learn more about the depth of our intentional teaching approach with young children.

We hope you enjoy browsing through our website. If you have additional questions about our programs, please feel free to contact us.

Warm regards,

Susan Taddei

The Great Give

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Taddei, Ed.M as the Director of Calvin Hill.

After 40 years as Director of Calvin Hill, Carla Horwitz is retiring. She is thrilled and excited to pass the torch to Susan Taddei.

Susan first came to Calvin Hill as an undergraduate assistant in 1988 and has been a teacher, a parent, and most recently Assistant Director. Her love for and commitment to Calvin Hill is strong and unwavering. Her organizational and analytic abilities are exceptional as are her grasp of curriculum, the development of young children, children’s learning and the importance of supporting and engaging parents in the life of the school.

Susan has approached her new role with brilliance, confidence, openness and joy. She has willingly and enthusiastically sought out and used Carla’s generous and rich mentorship and is clearly ready to be Calvin Hill’s Director. We know under Susan’s leadership that the Calvin Hill Community will continue to be held and nurtured from generation to generation.

Carla Horwitz, Ed.D, who has led The Center for 40 years, is now Director Emerita, collaborating closely with Susan through this transition. Carla will maintain her faculty appointment at the Yale Child Study Center. Her students will continue to observe in the Calvin Hill classrooms.

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