oec: Press Releases
Press Releases


2017
7/7/2017test
3/8/2017Memo State Guidance for Superintendents on Immigration

2016
10/17/2016"CT Stepping Up Efforts to Treat Trauma in the Very Young" By, Arielle Levin Becker
10/17/2016WNPR Where We Live show on child care in Connecticut
  WNPR discusses how to keep child care safe.
9/19/2016CT Launches Education Effort To Prevent Shaken Baby Tragedies
  “Chill Daddy” campaign unveiled at community event to engage fathers with their children
6/23/2016Getting to School Matters for 3 & 4 Year Olds: How Public Schools Can Help
  Study after study confirms the value of high-quality early childhood education for developing the cognitive, social and emotional skills that children need to succeed in kindergarten. But unless children attend these programs on a regular basis, they are not likely to benefit fully.
6/14/2016EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMISSIONER URGES CONGRESS TO ALLOCATE MORE FEDERAL FUNDING TO SUPPORT CONNECTICUT CHILD CARE
  Connecticut Early Childhood Commissioner Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor today testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, urging Congress to allocate additional federal dollars to states for implementing important policy changes to child care programs.
5/26/2016The Office of Early Childhood Announces Care 4 Kids Family Income Eligibility Changes Effective July 1, 2016
2/2/2016Connecticut Launches Safe Sleep Campaign Promoting Safe Sleep Environments for Infants
  The Connecticut departments of Children and Families, Public Health, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Office of Early Childhood, and the Office of the Child Advocate along with the Connecticut Hospital Association, Day Kimball Hospital, Yale New Haven Health Systems and Casey Family Programs gathered today at Day Kimball Hospital to launch a statewide campaign promoting safe sleep environments for infants. The statewide campaign will distribute information to parents of newborns discharged from the hospital through a variety of means including door hangers, posters, booklets and a microsite informing parents and families about safe sleep.

2015
8/3/2015Office of Early Childhood Kicks Off CLICK for Babies Campaign
  Hartford – The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is kicking off its participation in the nationwide CLICK for Babies campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) in partnership with hospitals, public health and child abuse prevention groups to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying. The OEC and community organizations will be collecting and distributing purple handmade caps across the state to new parents through December. In addition, a series of community events in August and September will help educate parents about infant crying and the dangers of infant abuse.
5/8/2015GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES $1.6 MILLION FOR PRE-K CLASSROOMS IN TWELVE SCHOOL DISTRICTS
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State Bond Commission is anticipated to approve nearly $1.6 million in grants at its meeting on Monday that will be used to improve and upgrade early childhood education classrooms across the state.
4/22/2015State Program Receives Environmental Merit Award
  At a ceremony today in Boston, the state’s Child Day Care Screening Assessment for Environmental Risk (SAFER) program received an Environmental Merit Award from the Region 1 federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
3/11/2015Office of Early Childhood Commissioner Named to National Leadership Fellowship to Address Opportunities for Low-Income Families
  The Aspen Institute announced this week that Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Commissioner, Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, has been selected to join the 2015 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. The Ascend Fellowship invests in diverse leaders from a range of sectors who have breakthrough ideas to build economic security, educational success, and health and well-being for low-income families in the US. Dr. Jones-Taylor is one of 21 men and women selected from across the nation.
3/2/2015Governor Malloy Announces Fourteen Communities Awarded Funding to Create 416 Additional Preschool Slots
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that over $3.5 million in state funding is being awarded to fourteen towns and cities across Connecticut that will expand the availability of high-quality preschool to 416 additional children.
2/23/2015Office of Early Childhood Receives $10.4 Million in Federal Funding to Support State Home Visiting Program
  The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood today announced that Connecticut will be receiving an additional $10.4 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting Program). These funds will allow Connecticut to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children. Connecticut was awarded $1 million of federal funding for the Home Visiting Program last August.

2014
12/19/2014Gov. Malloy, Congressional Members Visit Child Care Center in Torrington
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, Commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, and local officials, this afternoon visited Torrington Child Care Center, Inc., an high-quality preschool program in Torrington slated to receive 80 new and improved high-quality preschool spaces as part of a recently awarded federal grant. The grant, funded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, will provide the state with $12.5 million in discretionary federal funding to expand high-quality preschool in Connecticut.
12/19/2014Gov. Malloy Announces Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor Will Continue Leading the Office of Early Childhood
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he will re-appoint Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor as Commissioner of Office of Early Childhood (OEC) when his second term in office begins on January 7, 2015.
12/10/2014GOV. MALLOY: CONNECTICUT WINS COMPETITIVE FEDERAL GRANT TO EXPAND HIGH-QUALITY PRESCHOOL
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation today announced that Connecticut has been awarded nearly $12.5 million in discretionary federal funding to expand high-quality preschool. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services through a competitive grant process and was announced today by Secretary Burwell of the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Duncan of the Department of Education.
9/4/2014Gov. Malloy Kicks-off 2014 School Year Continuing to Advocate for Increased Access to Preschool
  Today, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood, Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, state and local officials, visited the M.D. Fox School in Hartford to highlight recently expanded pre-K slots for new students, the result of an initiative championed by the Governor that created 1,020 additional school readiness opportunities throughout the state this year.
8/7/2014Gov. Malloy Announces Federal Funding to Support State Home Visiting Program
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced a $1 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. These funds, awarded to the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), will allow Connecticut to continue and expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children up to age five.
6/11/2014Gov. Malloy Announces Allocation of Pre-K Opportunities Across Connecticut
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood, Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, and local officials, this morning announced the allocation of 1,020 additional School Readiness opportunities for low-income children in 46 towns and cities throughout Connecticut. In 2012, Governor Malloy approved a similar expansion of 1,000 School Readiness opportunities for children throughout the state
5/28/2014Gov. Malloy Signs Bills Establishing the Office of Early Childhood and Moving Connecticut Toward Universal Pre-Kindergarten
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood, Myra Jones-Taylor, State Department of Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, state legislators and local officials, this afternoon signed two bills at the Helen Street School in Hamden that will expand pre-kindergarten for the state’s three and four-year-olds, add dyslexia as a primary specific learning disability for children requiring special education, and formally establish the Office of Early Childhood.
5/8/2014Office of Early Childhood Launches Triple P Parenting Program
  In a move to support the positive growth and development of the state’s youngest generation, the Office of Early Childhood is announcing the launch of the Connecticut Positive Parenting Program, known as Triple P CT.
2/7/2014GOV. MALLOY: LET’S COMMIT CONNECTICUT TO ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL PRE-K
  (HAMDEN, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, legislative leaders, Executive Director of the Office of Early Childhood, Myra Jones-Taylor, State Department of Education Commissioner, Stefan Pryor, Mayor Scott Jackson and local officials, today detailed his plan to achieve universal access to pre-kindergarten in Connecticut.
2/6/2014GOV. MALLOY MAKES COMMITMENT TO UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN, COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY AND COMPLETION
  Addressing a joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today unveiled a bold agenda aimed at continuing to grow Connecticut’s economy, ensuring that Connecticut working families share in the state’s emerging recovery, and making targeted investments to improve education and support students of all ages.
1/20/2014Gov. Malloy: Better Coordination Will Improve Services for Young Children
  At a scholarship breakfast with members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority in Hartford, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced his plan to reintroduce a bill this session that will formally establish the Office of Early Childhood (OEC). The new agency will provide a comprehensive, collaborative system for delivering improved programs and services to children from birth to age five years old and their parents.
1/16/2014Gov. Malloy: Agreement Will Invest in our Children and Those Who Care for Them
  Joined by home-based child care providers and union officials, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced an agreement between the State of Connecticut and CSEA/SEIU LOCAL 2001 providing for professional development and the first general wage increases in 12 years for family child care providers under Connecticut Care 4 Kids program, the state’s program to provide better opportunities for quality child care and subsidize child care costs for low income families. The agreement came after nine months of negotiations between the two parties.