A Collaborative Effort

Advisory Group

An Advisory Group has been established to help guide the future of the NH ChILD initiative to ensure it represents the ideals and aspirations of the community.

Jason Bartlett

Youth Services Director
Office of the Mayor, City of New Haven

Sarah Boone

Chair of Regional Advisory Council, All Our Kin
Owner/manager, Guilford Racquet and Swim Club

Dr. James Comer

Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry,
Yale Child Study Center
Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine

Erik Clemons

Leader, Community Leadership Program
Member, State Board of Education

Karen Dubois-Walton, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Elm City Communities
Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
Leader, Community Leadership Program

Sarah Fabish

Vice-President for Grantmaking and Scholarships,
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Member, New Haven Early Childhood Council

Jennifer Heath

President, United Way of Greater New Haven
Member and past co-chair,
New Haven Early Childhood Council

Dr. Madeline Negron

Director of Instruction and Early Childhood,
New Haven Public Schools
CALAS, President-Elect

Fahd Vahidy

Philanthropic Advisor,
Graustein Family Office

Planning Team

Senior Director of Partnerships
Bank Street Education Center

NH ChILD Project Director

Executive Director,
Friends Center for Children
Fellow, Community Leadership Program
New Haven Early Childhood Council
Member, School Readiness Provider

Deputy Executive Director 
Bank Street Education Center 


The Trust for Learning’s mission is to make ideal learning real for all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status. That means engaging providers of high quality models and programs in order to adapt and deliver the best programs and best outcomes across very different communities—complete with infrastructure, curriculum and educators.

The Trust for Learning is a group of grantmakers that accelerates the supply of ideal learning programs while helping practitioners build public demand through advocacy and marketing. The Trust balances and accelerates the supply of ideal learning programs and demand for them by bringing together a community of exemplar providers and building communications so that more options can be implemented, marketed and scaled.

© New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District  2017