Leila Day is a private, non-profit child care center serving kids of working families. Founded in 1878, it is Connecticut's oldest continuing child care center. A guiding principle of the center is its long-standing dedication to enroll kids of diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.


Contact Details

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  City New Haven, CT
  Zip Code 06511
  Address 100 Cold Sprng St
  Phone Number (203) 624-1374

From Our Website

Families interested in enrolling a child at Leila Day should complete an online application. Applications become available in November for the following school year. If you have any trouble filling out our online application, call our office at 203-624-1374. We do not charge an application fee and filling out an application does not obligate families in any way. Please note that children applying for preschool must be turning at least 3 years old and kindergarten children must be turning 5 by December 31 of the year for which they are applying.


Our child-centered curriculum is rooted in children's interests, ideas, and abilities. We create meaningful learning experiences by weaving together observations and documentation of children's play, the rhythms and occurrences in the natural world, and the skills and benchmarks outlined in the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards. The curriculum emerges and evolves as our children's interests and curiosities unfold. Through play, children explore and develop cognitive, social, emotional, creative, and physical skills.


Limited vacation care is available for February and April vacation weeks, as well as up to 8 weeks in the summer. Hours are slightly shortened and during February and April sessions we do not offer meals.


Help us realize our mission of supporting working families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds by contributing to Leila Day. Support families, celebrate childhood, and be a part of sharing the Leila Day experience with children throughout Greater New Haven. All donations are tax deductible. Outdoor play, imagination, problem solving, compassion, sense of self, relationships, curiosity - these are some of the words offered by parents as they explain the value of Leila Day. Thank you for helping us share these values and continue our mission!


We at Leila Day stand with those who are outraged and deeply saddened by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all who have suffered at the hands of racially-unjust law enforcement and a racially-biased justice system. Furthermore, we recognize that these nationwide protests for racial justice are. One of our amazing Leila Day parents is directing a show at Hartford Stage and the subject matter is close to all our hearts. It is a comedy called Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler (of T.V.'s Shameless) and it follows the lives of 4 parents, from different socio-economic backgrounds, through the first 3 months of new parenthood.