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CERCLE leverages state, local, and philanthropic resources to support more than 38 ECE businesses in the Greater New Haven and Fairfield counties. Our programs and services lower operational costs and provide needed resources to Black and Latino ECE businesses.  This allows programs to provide high-quality learning environments that are accessible to families in the communities they serve.


As a CERCLE member, early care programs are provided with year-round professional development opportunities aimed at building program quality and long-term financial sustainability.


Program Highlights


38 CERCLE Collab


serving children in Greater New Haven, Stamford, Stratford, and Bridgeport 



$2.1M in grant funding

for Office of Early Childhood licensed providers since 2020



25 hours of Business Leadership training

in loan and grant acquisition, and professional development to CERCLE network members 


Provide an annual

cost-savings of

more than $1,200 

in bulk supply purchases to family childcare and group home network members 



159K+ diapers and pull-ups

for CERCLE network providers and the community through our partnership with The

Diaper Bank of CT

Member Benefits:

  • We create a space of mutual learning, networking, and fostering relationships.

  • We identify and secure grant funding on behalf of our members as well as support them with securing grant funds on their own.

  • We connect our members with professional and business development learning opportunities, including CERCLE’s Business Leadership Series.

  • Leveraging bulk purchasing, CERCLE provides members with monthly classroom supplies to lower annual business expenses.

  • Our partnership with The Diaper Bank of Connecticut enables us to provide diapers and other supplies to families enrolled in member programs.

CERCLE Collab Members

To learn more about our early education provider network, including membership opportunities, email inquiries to

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