There are many certified day care centers, in-home care providers, and babysitters in Mansfield and the surrounding towns. Here is contact information for several professional care centers close to the Storrs campus and information to look up providers across the wider area.
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Babysitter/nanny locator service, available with subscription: www.care.com
Forum for connecting people requesting and providing babysitting
Possible funding support: Many Connecticut towns (including Mansfield, Coventry, Windham, Vernon, and Manchester, among others) participate in the School Readiness Grant program, which provides partial funding support for a number of preschool-aged children in approved daycare programs. Parents whose child gets a spot in the program pay reduced daycare tuition based on a sliding income-based scale. Mansfield Advocates for Children oversees the program for Mansfield; check with your town to see if they participate and who has oversight. http://www.ct.gov/oec/lib/oec/earlycare/sr/sroverview.pdf
School District Contact Info
For families with children of school age (approximately 3-18 years old) arriving at UConn, one of the first steps should be to contact their town’s school district. Three-five year old children may be eligible for a pre-K program and older children can register to enter the local schools. If your child is eligible for additional social services (ESL, speech therapy, etc) that is also provided through the school districts’ special education system. Here are the websites for schools in several towns close to UConn where grad students often live:
Before/After School Care
Many towns run before/after school care programs through their school district or parks and recreation department.