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Friends Center for Children is an early childhood education center providing year-round, full-time care for children ages 3 months to 5 years. The Friends Center offers a child-centered, hands-on learning experience in a safe and nurturing environment. Read more.

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    Friends Center for Children celebrated the start of the 2016 Week of the Young Child by hosting the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for an instrument discovery zone and concert. In preparation for the concert, children explored string instruments like the guitar and ukelele and listened to recordings of the featured music. Along with pieces by Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Aaron Copland, the concert featured a musical version of Ferdinand and the Bull, a classic story about a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight with other bulls.


    The concert featured a violin, a viola, a cello and a vocalist and was held at New Haven Friends Meetinghouse. The musicians were joined by a music educator who helped the children to understand the differences and similarities among the instruments and encouraged the children to move their bodies with different styles of music. Best of all, the featured singer was a Friends Center parent who shared wonderful enthusiasm for music and storytelling. Many thanks to New Haven Symphony Orchestra for presenting this event and The Eder Family Foundation for their generous support!

  • The Friends Center for Children (FCFC) and Elm City Montessori School will host the Sixth Annual Fair Haven Family Stroll & Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Quinnipiac River Park in Fair Haven. This annual family event aims to educate the New Haven community on the benefits of high-quality early childhood education and create a space for family fun. Families and members of the extended New Haven community are invited to participate in a stroll around the river beginning at 10:30 AM, followed by a festival in the park from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. In the case of inclement weather, the rain date will be May 14.

    “The Fair Haven Family Stroll & Festival is a fantastic opportunity to engage our community in the overarching conversation about quality early childhood education in this country,” said Allyx Schiavone, Executive Director of the Friends Center for Children. “We know that high-quality early education programs have a high return on the investment, making it that much more important to educate our community to inspire a change nationwide.”

    The day’s events include live entertainment, door prizes, an information fair and family-friendly activities including parachute play, face-painting, arts and crafts, games and food vendors.  Click here for more information about the Fair Haven Family Stroll & Festival and here for a schedule of events. If you are interested in discussing partnership, sponsorship or planning opportunities, please contact Allyx Schiavone at 203.468.1966.