(WTNH)- The Fair Haven family stroll happening in New Haven includes activities for the whole family and great food after a one and a half mile walk.

Over 35 local community partners will also be on hand to highlight resources available to families in Fair Haven and greater New Haven, from health clinics and healthy food to literacy to safety to enrichment activities.

Executive chef Ernesto Garcia of Ay Arepa came to show us one of the food vendors you will see at the stroll.

Allyx Schiavone, the Executive Director of Development at Friends Center for Children talked about why early childhood education is necessary in a child’s brain development. She says birth through age eight is a critical time of development for all children and forms the foundation for later success.

The growth that takes place in this period sets the stage for all complex learning, including problem solving and the ability to sustain meaningful and caring relationships.

Quality early childhood education puts the child at the center of the design and supports children in all aspects of their development, deepening and accelerating academic learning through direct experience with their community.

At least 1,966 children under the age of five in New Haven do not have access to quality early care and education so this stroll is one way to get those options out to those in need.

To see what Garcia prepared and for more information, you can watch the video above.