oec: Welcome Message


{Picture of Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor} Welcome to the Office of Early Childhood!


We are devoted to improving outcomes for children from birth to age five by providing a high-quality comprehensive early childhood system for the state of Connecticut. We work to coordinate programs and services, streamline and align our efforts, and increase access to early childhood services to children and their families throughout the state.


The first five years of a child's life are crucial and have a lasting impact on the child's future success. Children are born curious and eager to learn and grow. We are committed to providing services that allow children’s inherent curiosity and potential for growth to flourish. We strive to provide Connecticut's children and families with quality early childhood services so that they are developmentally, intellectually, and socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten and beyond.


Examples of the work we do include:

  • Develop and implement policies that support a high-quality comprehensive early childhood system in Connecticut.
  • Connect families, providers and communities with available resources to ensure the healthy development of Connecticut’s children.
  • Increase access to high-quality early care and education settings for our most vulnerable children.
  • Support the development of a highly-skilled and nurturing early childhood workforce. 

I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the important work we do and what early childhood services are available to you. Children are our most precious resource, and we are dedicated to ensuring they have what they need to thrive and reach their greatest potential.




Myra Jones-Taylor, Ph.D.



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