Greater New Haven’s preschool enrollment is high - 59% versus 43% nationally - but varies by town and neighborhood. The enrollment rate ranges from 47% in low-income New Haven neighborhoods to 70% in outer ring suburbs and towns.
Cost is a major factor in the disparity, and there are not enough subsidies to make up the gap. In the area of greatest need, infant and toddler care, subsidies cover only 31% of the low-income families with infants and toddlers.
Disparities between students of color and white students appear in early grades and persist into high school. Students of color in Greater New Haven are more than twice as likely to be chronically absent from school as white students. On statewide standardized reading and math tests in 2015, only one third of students of color in the region received proficient scores as compared to 64 percent of white students.
Connecticut's high school graduation rate of 87% is high by national standards. Within the Greater New Haven, however, the graduation rate varies by location. The rate in New Haven is 75%; in inner ring towns the rate is 81%; and in outer ring towns it is 92%.
See these and other indicators in The Community Progress Report: Measuring the Wellbeing of Greater New Haven.
What the Community Foundation is Doing
- The Community Foundation renewed its commitment to the nationally recognized New Haven Promise with a $1.3 million grant beginning in 2017. Created in partnership with Yale University and New Haven Public Schools, New Haven Promise provides free tuition to Connecticut public colleges and universities for qualifying New Haven graduates. Read more about the grant and New Haven Promise's impact.
- The Community Foundation provided the capital investment needed to launch the job training center, ConnCAT.
- The Community Foundation is home to hundreds of scholarship funds for students throughout the region.
- In 2016, grants were awarded to Achievement First, Architectural Resource Center, Branford Early Childhood Collaborative, Connecticut Students for a Dream, Read to Grow, St. Martin de Porres Academy and Student Parenting and Family Services.