It is typical that numbers of fellows in the internship each year have children, ranging from newborns to young teens. Below are some resources assembled by the Fellow Advisory Committee about day care and schools.
Depending where you are moving from, day care prices may be a welcomed surprise (e.g., if coming from Boston or New York) or unexpectedly steep (e.g., if coming from a smaller college town). However, there is no shortage of excellent day care options in the New Haven area, including day care centers located on the Yale campus. Yale also offers a convenient website where faculty and staff can post/find ads for a babysitter, typically offered by Yale undergraduate or graduate students.
Fellows who are parents are generally very happy with the educational experiences available for their children in the Greater New Haven area. During the internship year they often choose to live in towns bordering New Haven. Some popular areas with good quality schools include Hamden, Woodbridge, Branford, Guilford, and Cheshire.
The New Haven Magnet Schools, in particular, are highly sought after. Because of the timing of the match process, fellows typically do not qualify to have their children placed in magnet schools during the internship year. However, these schools are an option for those who stay in the area for more than one year.
New Haven residents can apply to any magnet or charter school in the city. The Inter-district Magnet Schools are open to all Connecticut residents. There are no admission requirements, tests or prerequisites for students. The schools serve special education students, English Language learners, talented and gifted students and everyone else who comes through the lottery to our schools.
If interested, parents, once eligible, are strongly encouraged to enroll in the lottery because spots can always be turned down if a different option is chosen. Important deadlines to be aware of include: 1) early-February – School Choice Enrollment Catalog is available, Information Expo is held; 2) early-March – Community Information Session (Q&A with Office of Enrollment); 3) mid-March – lottery application deadline; and 4) mid-April – School Choice Placement Process. More information can be found here. Additionally, information on New Haven public schools can be found here.