Manchester, Connecticut

About Us


The Manchester Early Childhood Collaborative, formally known as the Manchester School Readiness Council, was established in 1997 in response to a statewide initiative that increased the number of preschool and child care spaces available to Connecticut residents. The primary goal of the Collaborative is to support the positive development, education, and well-being of young children -- ensuring that every child in Manchester starts school "ready to learn."


The Manchester Early Childhood Collaborative is a diverse group of community members who strive to support the families of young children, ages prenatal to age eight by:

  • Advocating for the advancement of young children's learning
  • Encouraging quality preschool services, programs and policies to promote the overall wellbeing of Manchester’s children 
  • Communicating about school readiness among families, schools and the community, and 
  • Developing programs that support families with young children.

Contact us
Caitlin Mcnamara                               
Early Childhood Specialist
Manchester Youth Service Bureau
63 Linden Street
Manchester, CT 06040
Donna Farr
School Readiness Liaison
Manchester Early Childhood Collaborative
63 Linden Street
Manchester, CT 06040


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Collaborative members represent a wide variety of organizations as well as community members from our town, but they have one purpose in common: the best interests of children and their families. Our members bring a wealth of expertise to the Collaborative to help influence the work we do.


The Manchester Early Childhood Collaborative meets regularly and all meetings are open to the public.