NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect until at least April 20, 2020.
Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

Open Choice Programs


The Open Choice program allows urban students to attend public schools in nearby suburban towns.  It allows suburban and rural students to attend public schools in a nearby urban center.  Enrollments are offered by school districts on a space-available basis in grades K-12.  Lotteries are used to place students when there are more applications than spaces available.  The program includes Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven and their surrounding districts.

Bridgeport Area Open Choice

Cooperative Educational Services (CES) 

Dr. Mark Ribbens 
23 Oakview Dr. 
Trumbull, CT 06611 

Phone: 203-365-8857 
Website: Cooperative Educational Services Open Choice

Hartford Area Open Choice

Capitol Region Education Council (CREC)

Debra M.Borreo 
Phone: 860-524-4033 

Kristina Jordan 
Phone: 860-509-3635 

111 Charter Oak Avenue 
Hartford, CT 06106 
Website: Capitol Region Education Council Open Choice

New Haven Area Open Choice

Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES)

Lynn Bailey 
350 State St. 
North Haven, CT 06473 

Phone: 203-498-6843 
Website: Area Cooperative Educational Services Open Choice