Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
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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.

Friday, March 03, 2017
2016 Accountability Report
  The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is pleased to submit its second Annual Early Childhood Accountability Report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and appropriations, per Section 8 of Public Act 14-39 Section 8.

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 26, 2016
The Office of Early Childhood Announces Care 4 Kids Family Income Eligibility Changes Effective July 1, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Early Childhood Stakeholder Survey
  As part of work of the Connecticut Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) planning grant, we conducted a needs assessment in 2014-2015, in which you may have participated. We are now closing the loop by bringing back this information to the community and requesting feedback.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Innovation Award
  The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood will partner with community experts, institutions of higher education, and professionals in early childhood development and related fields to develop and retain a highly skilled MIECHV-funded home visiting workforce through an innovative video-based intervention designed to address the particular challenges of working with complex, multi-need families.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Quality Improvement System
  The Office of Early Childhood is developing a Quality Improvement System to increase the availability of professional development opportunities and quality support for early childhood programs and providers.

Friday, March 11, 2016
Child Care and Development Fund Plan Submitted to ACF
  The OEC is pleased to announce that the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for FFY2016-2018 has been submitted to the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) to meet the March 11, 2016 deadline.

Thursday, May 08, 2014
Family Support Services