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Trinity College Community Child Care Center (TC4) has served children, ages six weeks – 5 years, and their families since 1985. Their mission is to “serve the children and families of the surrounding Hartford community and the Trinity College community by providing high-quality education in a safe and nurturing environment that celebrates the diversity…” TC4’s goal is to serve a diverse group of families, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or disabilities. TC4 is interested in recruiting more higher-income families to ensure they can continue to meet the needs of the Center as it servers various populations. To support TC4 in meeting this goal, I undertook two steps: First, I analyzed anonymized enrollment records from the Center to determine what types of families (SES, Trinity or community membership, other demographic factors) TC4 has served/subsidized with scholarships over time. Second, I interviewed eight families from higher SES backgrounds to determine what qualities are most important to them when they are looking for child care. I found that enrollment of low-income families at TC4 has been relatively stable over the last 10 years and that there is significant racial/ethnic diversity among enrolled children. I also found that higher socioeconomic families prioritize location, NAEYC accreditation, and cost, but may assume that TC4 only enrolls families affiliated with Trinity.


Community Partner: Trinity College Community Child Care Center (TC4)