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Over 30.5% of low-income families in the Hartford area lack the ability to pay for safe and quality childcare. This program offers solution to North Hartford families.

(Hartford, CT – September 13, 2023) – The Wilson-Gray Family YMCA has partnered with the City of Hartford to provide a subsidized childcare program beginning September 18 that will drastically change the landscape for North Hartford families who have been demanding affordable childcare for over 14 years.

The area has been a childcare desert for North Hartford families looking for quality, affordable childcare for infant, toddler, and pre-school aged children. This partnership brings a state-licensed childcare center to the area that focus on learning through play, exploration, and hands-on activities.

There are currently 20 slots immediately available for pre-school children ages 3 – 4 1/2 and 24 slots open for infants and toddlers ages 6 months to 2 1/2 years. Financial assistance is available to qualifying low-income families. Visit for information on how to sign up and apply for financial aid.

The Wilson-Gray Family YMCA is re-opening on September 18 with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony scheduled to celebrate the new Childcare Center and additional community resources and programs.

About YMCA of Greater Hartford Childcare: The YMCA of Greater Hartford is dedicated to making sure low-income families have the best options for childcare. The YMCA of Greater Hartford uses the Early Learning Development Standards (ELDS) for infant, toddler and preschool children by the Connecticut Department of Education. These standards align with the Common Core, preparing children for kindergarten and life. In addition to meeting ELDS expectations, we also collaborate with many local and state organizations to offer the highest quality enrichment experience for your child. Infant, toddler, and preschool programs at the YMCA of Greater Hartford are accredited through NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children.