Public Childcare

Kids in a group

Below you will find Public Childcare the Hamden Community most commonly used by families in the Hamden Public Schools. Please take a moment and look at the information that has been provided. Please contact the providers if you are interested to find out more. Click on the links below to learn more about each program.

Keefe Community Center





(Download the programs brochure HERE)




Regular hours: Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Early school dismissal hours: 12:00 - 5:30pm

Some holidays and school vacation days: 8:30 - 5:30pm

A program of the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Division of Licensing.

Field trips, enrichment activities, homework help, music, arts and crafts. Transportation from area schools & healthy daily snacks offered.

  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Hamden residents only

For more information please contact Martina Ramos, Head Teacher at 203-777-2610 ext. 1118 or e-mail  or Sally Nutcher, Childcare Director 203-777-2610 ext. 1121 or e-mail

YMCA Before and After School Care, Leadership Programs at HMS and HHS

In 2019-20, the Y will offer before and after school programs at Helen Street and Shepherd Glen Elementary Schools.


In addition, the Y will offer HMS and HHS students after school Leadership Development programs.

Every school day, the Hamden/North Haven Y provides a safe, healthy and enriching environment for the children of Hamden in our state-licensed child care programs.  While children are in the care of our trained and certified staff at their elementary schools, you have peace of mind knowing that your child is engaged in activities that will enhance youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Hamden Elementary School sites for 2019-20:

  • Helen Street Elementary
  • Shepherd Glen Elementary

For more information or to register your child for the school year, please contact Erin Kelly at 203-248-6361 or


Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services (also called DSS).  To learn more about Care 4 Kids, take a look at this website. You can look at the site to find out how the program works, who is eligible, and more.

Right at School - Before and After School Care

Right at School is a high-quality before and after school program that will be available to our families starting in the 2019-20 school year. Right at School provides high-quality, engaging and enriching before and/or after school care for students in grades K-6. It will be offered at the following Hamden elementary schools:

Bear Path, Church Street, Dunbar Hill, RIdge Hill, Spring Glen and West Woods. (Helen Street and Shepherd Glen will have before and after school programs offered by the Y. (see above tab)

Tuition is listed below, and can be scheduled on a regular or as-needed basis. Discounts are available for students who qualify for free or reduced priced meals.

See below for more information or visit, or call 855-287-2466.