The young three-year old program serves a mixed-age group of 12 to 16 children ages 2 years 9 months to 3 years 6 months.


The preschool day-care program serves a mixed-age group of 20-22 older 3’s and 4’s.


The kindergarten serves a group of approximately 20 older 4’s and 5’s.

Application & Fees

Calvin Hill Tuition is based on a sliding scale linked to income. Please review the 2017-2018 tuition schedule for detailed information about tuition rates.

The Calvin Hill sliding scale upholds the Center’s founding mission to provide high quality, affordable child care and early childhood education to the children of Yale and greater New Haven communities. Our Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that the community of families enrolled is economically diverse. In the 2012-13 year, tuition was reduced for families with incomes below $150,000 from previous years in recognition of the challenges of these difficult economic times.

Calvin Hill welcomes children of all races, religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds and abilities. The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and is a recipient of the New Haven School Readiness Grant.

Open House
Calvin Hill Day Care Center and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten are holding an Open House on November 5th, 2016 from 9am-11am. This is an opportunity to tour the Center and to meet our professional teaching staff, Director and current parents. This Open House is for children and parents. Application materials will be available. Registration to attend the Open House can be done by email or by calling 203-764-9350.

If you are interested in applying to Calvin Hill, please be in touch with us. You can begin by downloading the Calvin Hill application. The application is also available as a Microsoft Word document which you can complete and return to us via email at info@calvinhilldaycare.org.

Frequently Asked Questions about Applying to Calvin Hill

When is the best time to apply?

Ideally, we accept applications from October through January for the following September. Depending on how quickly the classrooms fill up, we continue to accept new applications through the spring. We keep these applications on a waiting list during this time period in case there are unexpected changes in our enrollment.

Does our family need to visit Calvin Hill?
Yes. We need to meet all the children who are applying for admission.

How can I arrange a visit to Calvin Hill?
We have an Open House for interested families on a Saturday morning in early November. Call the school in October for the exact date and time. This visit is strongly encouraged, but not required. Once we receive applications, our Director invites families for individual visits to the school during December and January.

Is there an application fee?
No, there is no fee to apply. Once we offer your child a placement at Calvin Hill, a $100 deposit is required to secure your child’s placement. When you sign and return your contract, one-ninth of your child’s total tuition is required. The $100 deposit and first tuition installment are non-refundable.

We applied last year and were not offered a spot, but we would like to apply again this year. Do we need to send a new application?
Yes, every year’s application process is a fresh slate. We do not roll our waiting list into the next year. Similarly, we do not take applications years in advance. Starting the October before you wish your child to begin is the right time.

When do families find out if their child has been accepted?
Usually, we offer placements to children in February.

Do children ever join the classrooms mid-year?
All our children begin in September as a group, with very rare exceptions.

Is the Calvin Hill Summer Program open to families not already enrolled?
The Summer Program is an extension of the preceding school year for Calvin Hill families. We purposefully choose to begin all new children at the same time in September to foster the development of new classroom communities.

Does Calvin Hill provide meals?
Calvin Hill provides simple, healthy, nutritious lunches, served family style, as well as both breakfast and afternoon snack. Meals are important community building and learning times at Calvin Hill. Every effort will be made to accommodate children with food allergies, religious or cultural dietary restrictions and substitutes and supplements are available. Please download a sample menu.

Hours and Calendar

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

For information about school dates and vacations please download the 2016-2017 calendar.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Calvin Hill and the Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten are model early childhood educational programs. The Center is an inclusive community and no applicant for admission or employment, enrolled family, or staff member will be discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, ethnic or national origin, language, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability or because of any other status protected by federal or Connecticut law.

Teaching staff counter potential bias and discrimination by treating all children with equal respect and consideration, planning activities that build positive self-esteem and the valuing of differences, intervening when children tease or reject others, providing models and visual images that counter stereotypical limitations, and avoiding stereotypes in language references. The staff closely monitors the children’s interactions and play and do not allow children to be scapegoated, targeted, teased or otherwise humiliated. Staff never permit children to exclude one another based on race, gender, disability or other like factors. It is understood that children must learn the skills of sharing, cooperating, negotiation and empathy in a safe and nurturing environment.

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