Farnam Neighborhood House is New Haven’s oldest nonprofit neighborhood center has served as a “home away from home” for thousands of children throughout the greater New Haven area. Farnam provides a continuum of prevention programs designed to nurture and educate young children, promote positive youth development, and strengthen families and communities. Today, Farnam operates a full-day preschool, a multi-purpose community center with activities for children and families, and a wonderful 72-acre outdoor recreational facility located in Durham, CT. 

Neighborhood child/youth centers play a key role in providing important resources and services to youth and their families, especially during “out of school” times. These programs and services are designed to provide wraparound supports that will contribute to students’ overall academic success and emotional wellness. Farnam Neighborhood House completes the cycle of home, school and community for our young people which is a critical environmental factor of positive youth development. Farnam’s continuum of prevention programs are designed to provide physical and psychological safety, appropriate structure, supportive relationships with peers and caring adults, opportunities to belong, positive social norms, and opportunities for life skills and leadership development.

To learn more about Farnam Neighborhood House, please contact Jamell Cotto, Vice-President of Farnam Neighborhood House at (203) 562-9194 or [email protected].

School Readiness

Farnam Nursery School is a state-licensed and NAEYC accredited preschool designed to help children experience the world as a place of wonder and learning, Farnam Nursery School provides children 3 – 5 years old with a rich and robust preschool experience in a safe, nurturing environment. Within a structured group setting, our experienced, compassionate staff provides the individualized care each child needs to:

  • Gain a sense of confidence and self-esteem
  • Learn through play
  • Build positive relationships with other children and adults
  • Develop physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally
  • Explore their talents and interests
  • Make good choices
  • Successfully negotiate with peers and problem solve
  • Recognize and value cultural differences

We operate year-round with full-day and half-day options from 7:30am- 5:30pm for parents who are working or attending school.

For enrollment information, please contact Andrew Myers at (203) 562-9194 or [email protected]

Recreational & Enrichment Activities

Our Enrichment and Recreational Programs promote personal growth through an array of social, educational, and recreational activities. Programs are offered after school and during school holidays/vacations to keep kids of all ages social, active, and happy! Programs include:

  • Biddy Basketball for ages 6 and under
  • RespeCT Hoops basketball program for ages 6-18
  • Martial arts
  • Arts, crafts, drama, and dance
  • Homework help
  • Other sports, and more!

Our Lifeguard Training Program in partnership with the City of New Haven offers lifeguard training, certification and summer job placement for New Haven youth ages 15-21. Once certified, lifeguards will be eligible to be staffed at City public pool sites and beaches and will be assisted with job placement.

To learn more about our recreational and enrichment programs, please contact Marcquis Knox, Project Administrator at (203) 562-9194 or [email protected]

Camp Farnam

Provides children from urban environments with the unique opportunity to experience community building and social enrichment activities at our 72 acre, rugged outdoor camp located in Durham, CT. At Camp Farnam, campers may engage in the following:

  • hands-on learning
  • outdoor sports
  • nature-based activities
  • social development
  • recreational and enrichment activities.

Camp Farnam provides social-emotional learning, team-building, mindfulness, and wellness activities to help improve the health, resiliency and the quality of life for every camper.

Unlike other summer camps, Camp Farnam recognizes that each child’s circumstances are unique and that the well-being of both the child and family must be considered in the design and implementation of its programs and services.

To learn more about Camp Farnam, please contact Marcquis Knox, Project Administrator at (203) 562-9194 or [email protected]

Parent Resources

Activities and resources for parents and the whole family include:

  • Monthly free food drive in partnership with the Connecticut Food Bank
  • Connections to other resources and organizations to make sure your basic needs are always met
  • Parent workshops
  • Parent committee (meets monthly)
  • Family outings and activities
  • Family Appreciation Days with food, games, and fun!

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