The Division of Family Support provides a comprehensive approach to ensure the health, well-being and positive growth and development of all young children in Connecticut.
The home visiting and Help Me Grow programs of the division identify and support the most effective means of assisting and strengthening families, communities, and human services workforce in order to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote the health, well-being and positive growth and development of all young children in Connecticut. To do this, staff provide training and contract for direct services to help:
- Parents become effective caregivers and develop nurturing relationships with their children (i.e. through home visiting and creating single points of access to services in communities)
- Communities and human service staff become more responsive to the needs of children and support their positive growth and development (i.e. truancy prevention, child development system building, provider trainings in maternal and child health, developmental screening)
- Families find resources in time of need
Programs within the Division of Family Support Services include:
Information for Families:
Information for Providers:
Birth to Three:
Strengthen the capacity of Connecticut’s families to meet the
developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who
have delays or disabilities by ensuring all families have equal access to
a coordinated program of comprehensive services and supports that: (a)
Foster collaborative partnerships; (b) Are family centered; (c) Occur in
natural environments; (d) Recognize current best practices in early intervention;
and, (e) Are built upon mutual respect and choice.
Early Childhood Special Education: Provides
federal funds to states through the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA), Part B, Section 619 which is also called the
“Preschool Grants Program.” The funds are intended to help ensure
that all eligible children with disabilities, ages 3 through 5, receive a
free appropriate public education that has been individually designed to
meet the child’s unique needs. This program is currently part of the State
Department of Education.
of Early Childhood
450 Columbus Blvd.
contact Birth to Three with questions about a child's development, call (800)
505-7000. To reach the administration offices of Birth to Three, call (860)
Childhood Special Education
Department of Education, Room 369
Fax: (860) 713-7023
Division Director: Lynn Skene Johnson
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