In 1981, a group of people affiliated with the League of United Latin American Council (LULAC) members in New Haven, CT met because they believed there was a need for a bilingual childcare program in New Haven’s Hispanic community. The names of the council’s members were Marta Chavez, Ana Lopez, Carmen Rodriguez, Ana Rodriguez, Sonia Caban-Ceballos, Maria Sestito and Ismael Chavez. On September 7, 1983, two bilingual early education centers were opened: one in the Hill neighborhood’s First Star of Jacob basement, located at 506 Howard Avenue and one at Fair Haven’s Centro San Jose, located at 290 Grand Ave. The First Star of Jacob location served 45 children while the Centro San Jose served 30 children.
This program has grown significantly over the years and accomplished many achievements along the way.