Winter Heating Help is Available

TEAM is currently taking appointments for energy assistance with winter heating bills. Households qualify for assistance if they fall below these income levels: $32,514 for a household of one, $42,519 for a household of two, $52,523 for a three person household and $62,528 for a four person household.

“This year is predicted to be one of the coldest yet and we want the community to know that TEAM offers a heating assistance program,” said Ellen McAuliffe, TEAM Manager of Energy Assistance. “This program is developed to help those who are struggling financially and could use assistance to get through the upcoming winter months.”


Applicants are eligible based on review of their total gross household income, such as job earnings, unemployment compensation, social security, pension, etc.; household size; and liquid assets, as shown through bank statements. If an applicant is approved for assistance, TEAM will make direct payments to their home heating provider.

Both homeowners and renters who are residents of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Milford, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton and Woodbridge can apply for energy assistance from TEAM.

To schedule an appointment with TEAM Energy Assistance, please call 203-736-5420 and follow the prompts, in Milford, 203-783-3253 (phone line starts 9/15/14); Woodbridge, 203-389-3429 (phone line starts 9/15/14); and Orange, 203-891-4787 (phone line starts 10/1/14).

Shelton School Readiness Award

TEAM and the Shelton Early Childhood Council has been awarded a grant to provide services to an additional twenty income-eligible children and their families (residing in Shelton). This allows TEAM to meet the growing need of its Shelton waiting list, and funds have been allocated by the CT Office of Early Childhood for startup/renovation costs.


TEAM is currently renovating our existing location (183 Howe Avenue, Shelton) to accommodate additional students, and have successfully partnered with the City of Shelton to develop/implement an early childhood program at the former Lafayette School (54 Grove Street, Shelton) facility which will require bathroom and playground renovations.

High Scores for Head Start

Written results arrived from the Office of Head Start’s CLASS Monitoring Assessment in which Federal monitors administered assessments throughout all of TEAM’s classrooms each day for an entire week. In the official monitoring review process, the CLASS Assessment analyzed 10 dimensions of teacher-child interactions/experiences rated on a 7-point scale (from low to high) and are organized into three domains:

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High Score for Early Education

NAEYC Monitoring Assessment at TEAM’s largest Early Childhood location resulted in re-accreditation status award (5-year term). TEAM scored 100% in 9 of the 10 categories, and exceeded 100% in 6 of those 9 categories because the program exceeded current standards. The monitoring process included a random selection of classroom observations in which 4 preschool sessions at Ansonia Early Childhood Center were evaluated and scored.