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The Haddam Killingworth Early Childhood Council
Working to Meet the Needs of Families and Children
Ages Birth to Five

The Haddam Killingworth Early Childhood Council is committed to supporting the growth and development of children in their early years to ensure that all children will be well prepared and ready for kindergarten. We believe that parents are their children's first and most important teachers. The Early Childhood Council provides resources, activities and experiences that can help parents and their young children enjoy learning together.

Who we are
The HK Early Childhood Council is comprised of dedicated community members including parents, early care providers, educators, and social service and health care providers. The Council meets monthly to develop and plan programs to help promote the healthy physical, cognitive and social-emotional growth of young children.

Meet the Coordinator
Cynthia Cappetta has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She taught second grade in the North Haven Public Schools. She was the editor of Weekly Reader©, Edition Pre-K and has published 3 books for young children. She worked with infants, toddlers and their parents as the facilitator of the Even Start Family Literacy Program at Middletown Adult Education.

Recent Events

The Early Childhood Council of H-K Youth and Family Services invited toddlers from local daycares and residents from The Hearth to share books together at Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth.

There was a chill in the air, but we were all warmed By the smiles on the faces of these new friends and book buddies.

Thank you to Denise and Chris Salafia for welcoming the book buddies to your beautiful farm!


Contact the Early Childhood Council

If you are interested in joining the Early Childhood Council, suggesting a program or event for the Council to sponsor or simply being included on our email list for programs and activities please email with the following information:
  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Request or suggestion

Community Partners

Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth, Inc.
51 Little City Road; PO Box 432
Higganum, CT 06441
860 345-7498

Regional School District 17
57 Little City Road
Higganum, CT 06441

Brainerd Library
920 Saybrook Rd., Haddam, CT 06438
860 345-2204

Killingworth Library
301 Connecticut Rt. 81
Killingworth, CT 06419
860 663-2000

Shoreline Pediatrics
1110 Durham Rd. Madison, CT 06443
203 421-3600

Resident State Troopers
Trooper Jim Connelly: (Haddam)
Trooper Enrico Milardo: (Haddam)
Trooper Matt Ward:

United Way
Funding for the Early Childhood Council and its activities is
provided by the Middlesex United Way

The Middlesex United Way
100 Riverview Center, Suite 230
Middletown, CT 06457
Tel: 860-346-86

Moms and Tots

Moms Support Club

A group of HK mothers and their young children meet several times each month at parks and other fun places. All mothers with infants, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome to join. The group meets during the daytime hours, when moms need support most. Moms share advice and friendships while their children play together and develop important socialization skills.

There are different activities scheduled throughout each month. For more information contact:

Area Childcare Centers and Preschools

All child care centers and family care providers listed are licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. This listing does not constitute an endorsement of any child care program or the services they offer.


Haddam Co-op Nursery School
905 Saybrook Road
Haddam, CT 06438
860 345-3983

HK Cubs Child Care Center
57 Little City Road, P.O. Box 568
Higganum, CT 06441
860 345-8568

Young Horizons Day Care
120 Saybrook Road
Higganum, CT 06441
860 345-4347


Killingworth Kids Center
155 CT Rt. 81
Killingworth, CT 06419
860 663-2433

Killingworth Nursery School
273 CT Rt. 81 P.O. Box 760
Killingworth, CT 06419

East Haddam

A First Start Preschool
499 Town Street
East Haddam, CT 06423
860 202-0999

Family Child Care Providers


Sharon Ticino
860 345-3519

Rose Buddies Home Daycare
Crystal Stephens
860 912-1202


Diane Condon
860 663-1679

Jo Ferjak
860 663-1679

Elizabeth Santamaria
860 663-1673

Whole Family Day Care
Kristin Foley
860 663-3536

Helpful Links

State of Connecticut Childcare and Child Development Information Website

Care 4 Kids (Help paying for child care)

Husky Health Insurance for Children

American Academy of Pediatrics

Zero to Three (Information on health and development 0-3 years)

Daily Parent (Parenting articles)

Everyday Learning Activities for Children, Ages 0-5

Reading Rockets


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P.O. Box 432, Higganum, CT 06441-0432
(860) 345-7498