Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
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Friday, May 11, 2018
Child Care Development Fund Plan 2019-2021
  The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act is the law that authorizes the federal child care subsidy program known as the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). It is the primary federal funding source for providing low-income families that are working or participating in education and training with help paying for child care and to improving the quality of care for all children. Connecticut's subsidy program is Care 4 Kids.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Office of Early Childhood Reopens Care 4 Kids to Families on the Wait List
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that effective immediately, the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has reopened the Care 4 Kids program and eligible families on the wait list can now begin to enroll for the state’s primary child care support. Funded with federal and state dollars and administered by OEC, Care 4 Kids helps low-income, working families afford safe, quality child care for their children.

Monday, August 21, 2017
2017 School Security Competitive Grant Program
  We are pleased to notify you of the release of the 2017 School Security Competitive Grant Program. This third round of the competitive grant program is a component of Public Act 17-68 and is jointly administered by the State Department of Education (SDE), Department of Construction Services (DCS) and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DESPP/DEMHS). Under the law, ten percent of the funds available under this program shall be awarded to eligible Non-Public Schools, including eligible licensed child care centers or preschools that have received threats.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Strategic Plan
  The Office of Early Childhood (OEC), a state agency created in 2013, envisions a Connecticut where all young children are safe, healthy, learning and thriving. The OEC’s hope is that each child is surrounded by a strong network of nurturing adults who deeply value the importance of the first years of a child’s life and who have the skills, knowledge, support and passion to meet the unique needs of every child. To help us achieve our vision, the OEC will be creating a 4-year strategic plan to guide our work over the coming years.

Friday, January 13, 2017
OEC Legislative Update – January 11, 2017

Monday, October 17, 2016
WNPR Where We Live show on child care in Connecticut
  WNPR discusses how to keep child care safe.

Monday, September 19, 2016
CT Launches Education Effort To Prevent Shaken Baby Tragedies
  “Chill Daddy” campaign unveiled at community event to engage fathers with their children

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Getting 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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  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.

Thursday, May 08, 2014
Family Support Services