oec: Licensing - What's New
Licensing - What's New


2019
4/29/2019Connecticut Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5)
  In December 2018, Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood (OEC) was awarded an $8.6 million Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. The one-year project period runs from December 31, 2018 to December 30, 2019.
4/22/2019Updates on Background Checks
  There are important new federal requirements for background checks.
3/22/2019Request for Proposals for State Funded Home Visiting Programs (Amended)
  Final ammended request for proposal documents for state funded home visiting programs.
3/22/2019I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL) Professional Development Opportunity
  The Connecticut Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the federal Office of Head Start’s New England Training and Technical Assistance Network, is offering up to forty (40) early childhood programs the opportunity to participate in the I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL) Partnership.
3/19/2019Licensing Information Moves to OEC’s New Website
  As part of the redesign of the CT Office of Early Childhood website, Licensing information and resources have been updated.
3/7/2019Tips for a Successful Background Check Application
  The OEC Background Check Unit offers tips on submitting a complete background check application.
2/20/2019Request for Proposals for State Funded Home Visiting Programs
  OEC announced today the release of the request for proposals for state funded home visiting programs.
2/15/2019Together We Will Conference
  You are invited to attend an annual conference designed for early childhood providers from several disciplines and parents.
2/7/2019Annual Immunization Survey
  Child care providers continue to play an instrumental role in assuring that Connecticut children are age-appropriately immunized.
1/30/2019OEC Update - New Background Checks Webpage
  The CT Office of Early Childhood has a new Background Checks Webpage!
1/15/2019OEC Update on Background Checks
  The OEC continues to work on establishing a database for background checks.
1/7/2019Free Online Training: The USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Nutrition Standards: Implications for Licensed CT Child Care Centers and Group Child Care Homes
  This course is designed for Connecticut licensed child care centers and group child care homes that do not participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and other non-participating child care providers interested in learning more about the CACFP.
1/1/2019Archives

2018
12/20/2018Updated Background Check Process
  Several documents have been updated/created to reflect changes in the background check process for child care providers.
12/6/2018OEC Creates New Spanish Online Video for Family Child Care Home Applicants
  The Licensing Division of the Office of Early Childhood has created a new Spanish online video.
11/19/2018Notice of Fee Increase for Background Checks
  There is one month left to submit background check documents paying the current fees of $87 for staff and $85.75 for volunteers
8/13/2018First Aid, CPR and Medication Administration Training
  Individuals are being reminded to be very careful in the selection of required first aid, CPR and medication administration courses to ensure that they meet child care licensing and/or CCDF (Care 4 Kids) requirements.
7/16/2018How Safe Sleep Savvy Are You?
  A teaching tool for reducing infant sleep related deaths.
6/27/2018Public Acts Recently Enacted
  During the 2018 legislative session, public acts were passed that are specific to the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) child care and/or youth camp licensing programs.
6/6/2018OEC Creates New Online Video for the Administration of Medications
  The Office of Early Childhood has created a new online video.
5/25/2018OEC Creates New Online Videos for Child Care Centers and Group Child Care Homes
  The Licensing Division of the Office of Early Childhood has created two new online videos.
5/11/2018OEC Seeks Input on Licensing Regulations
  The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) welcomes stakeholders to share suggested revisions to the regulations.
5/3/2018OEC New Policy Alert: Remove Blankets From Cribs for Infants under Twelve Months
  The Office of Early Childhood has adopted a new policy that requires licensed child care programs to remove all blankets from cribs when infants under 12 months of age are placed to sleep.
4/24/2018CCDF Public Hearings
  The Office of Early Childhood will hold three public hearings on the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan.
4/20/2018OEC Action Session Webinar-Save the Date
  The Office of Early Childhood invites you to learn about the priorities for actions to improve the Early Care and Education system.
4/10/2018Guidance to Youth Camps Regarding Individual Plans of Care
  To assist youth camps with the licensing requirement pertaining to individual care plans, guidance has been developed.
3/22/2018CACFP Nutrition Standards Flyer
  Licensed child care centers and group child care homes serving meals and snacks are required to follow the nutrition standards established by the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
2/7/2018Annual Immunization Survey
  All licensed child care centers and group child care homes are, once again, asked to complete this survey.
1/30/2018Official Invitation to Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Action Sessions
  With generous support from the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, the OEC will hold four sessions at the beginning of February to review, update, and prioritize accomplishable early care and education goals for the agency.
1/25/2018Sample Policies, Plans and Procedures
  Sample policies that meet licensing requirements have been developed to assist licensed child care programs with the development of their own policies.
1/24/2018Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Action Sessions Invitation
  With generous support from the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, the OEC will hold four sessions at the beginning of February to review, update, and prioritize accomplishable early care and education goals for the agency.
1/23/2018Archives
1/23/2018Clarification of Requirement Pertaining to Religious Exemption Statement
  The statement required from the parent or guardian which verifies a religious exemption does not need to be updated annually in order for the child to continue to receive child care services.

2015
11/6/2015Free Video Series on Supporting Dramatic Play
  The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood is pleased to present a series of videos supporting dramatic play in preschool and toddler settings. The videos are available for free online.
8/31/2015Notice of Change in Processing of Background Checks Effective July 1, 2015
  As of July 1, 2015, the Department of Public Health will no longer process child care licensing background checks.
1/26/2015Storm Information for Child Care Providers
  With the impending storm, the Office of Early Childhood would like to remind child care programs that it is not necessary to report all unforeseen, temporary closures of your program to the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Division of Licensing.
1/1/2015Archives

2017
12/14/2017Phase in of New Background Check Law
  Special Session Public Act No. 17-2, signed by the Governor on 10/31/17 makes several changes to the background check requirements for individuals who work in Connecticut child care facilities.
12/12/2017Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant and have close contact with young children should discuss their risk of CMV with their medical provider and ways to prevent infection. Persons who work in child care settings may be at greater risk of CMV infection.
11/14/2017Notice of Fee Change for Background Checks Effective December 1, 2017
  Effective 12/1/17, the fee for processing required background checks will increase.
11/6/2017Access to Child Immunization Records Through Connecticut’s Immunization Registry
  The Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS) is the statewide childhood immunization registry, operated by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
11/3/2017Fire Extinguishers Recalled
  More than 40 million fire extinguishers, some on the market for more than four decades, are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency.
10/11/2017October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
  The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development highlights SIDS resources and research to help parents, caregivers, and medical professional reduce the risk of SIDS.
10/6/2017Guidance Regarding Enrollment of Displaced Children from Puerto Rico
10/2/2017Connecticut's New Car Seat Law
  New tighter child vehicle restraint law goes into effect on October 1, 2017.
8/29/2017Mass Mailing Regarding New Youth Camp Regulations
  The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) wishes to inform all licensed youth camps of recent changes to the youth camp licensing regulations effective September 1, 2017.
8/17/2017Practice Eye Safety During the Solar Eclipse
  The Office of Early Childhood is providing the following information in regards to eye safety in anticipation of the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
7/26/2017New Youth Camp Licensing Regulations Approved-Effective September 1, 2017
  The Legislative Regulation Review Committee approved the revisions to the youth camp licensing regulations.
7/20/2017Opportunity to Be a Part of Pilot for the Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS)
  The CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is piloting a QRIS to recognize the quality work of early care and education providers.
7/17/2017Reminder to Youth Camps
6/28/2017New Provider Orientation
5/10/2017Public Health Alert
  Public Health Alert: When is Benadryl Safe to Use with Children?
1/1/2017Archives

2016
9/12/2016Background Check Processing Fee Reduced
8/15/2016CT Prepares Mobile App
6/1/2016Increased Mumps Activity
  Increased Mumps Activity The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) Immunization Program would like to raise awareness about increased mumps activity. Nationally mumps has been reported at several colleges and universities, including outbreaks at schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and New York. Dispersal of college students home or to other locations for summer employment may increase opportunities for mumps transmission.
1/14/2016Annual Immunization Survey
  All licensed child care centers and group child care homes are asked to complete annual immunization survey. The annual immunization survey is administrated by the Immunization Program of the Department of Public Health in collaboration with the Child Care Licensing Program of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.

2014
8/20/2014Letter to Care 4 Kids Providers
  As of July 1, 2014, Care 4 Kids is now part of the new Office of Early Childhood and is no longer administered by the Department of Social Services. The Office of Early Childhood was created so all programs serving young children and their families could work together in one system. This makes it easier for families, providers and communities to get the services and support they need.
6/12/2014Letter to Licensed Child Care Facilities Regarding Transition from DPH to OEC
  On July 1, 2014, the Community Based Regulation Section of the Department of Public Health, which issues licenses and inspects child care programs and youth camps, will become the Division of Licensing in the new Office of Early Childhood. The Office of Early Childhood was created so all programs serving young children and their families could work together in one system. This makes it easier for families, providers and communities to get the services and support they need.
4/1/2014Revised Authorization for the Administration of Medication Sample Form
  A revised Authorization for the Administration of Medication by School, Child Care and Youth Camp Personnel sample form has been developed.
1/14/2014State Releases Report Evaluating Connecticut’s Child Care Licensing
  The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), in conjunction with the Department of Public Health (DPH), today announced the release of a report identifying strengths and weaknesses within the state’s child care licensing. The three-stage Needs Assessment conducted by the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA), an international professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in human care regulation and licensing, included an online survey, forums and in-depth interviews of child care providers, parents and licensing staff.

2013
11/15/2013Annual Immunization Survey
  Child day care providers continue to play an instrumental role in assuring that Connecticut children are age-appropriately immunized. The annual immunization survey is a collaboration between the Immunization and Child Day Care Licensing Programs and is mandated by state regulation 19a-79-5a(a)(2)(c).
5/11/2013Protecting Children and Staff in Daycares and Camps During Hot Weather
  Extreme heat can be serious and life threatening if steps are not taken to protect people from it, especially for the elderly, children and people who work outside. People with asthma or other respiratory illnesses may also be at risk of heat-related illness.
2/7/2013State Health Department Warns Residents of Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Anticipation of Storm
  In anticipation of Friday’s storm, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) warned residents of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
2/1/2013Attention Licensed Child Day Care Providers-Background Checks
  Reminder to programs submit missing/incomplete information for background checks to the Department immediately so that the necessary background checks can be conducted to ensure that the children in your facility are protected.
1/2/2013Discontinued Use of FBI Blue Cards for Background Checks
  Effective January 1, 2013, the FBI “blue” card for background checks will no longer be required.
1/1/2013Archives

2012
12/1/2012Revised Guidance Regarding the Reporting of Unforeseen, Temporary Closures
  The purpose of this correspondence is to inform you that it is not necessary that you report all unforeseen, temporary closures of your program to the Department. It is only necessary that you contact the Department if prior approval is necessary, such as a move to an alternate location, use of alternate space, or use of space differently. However, should you desire assistance with any recovery efforts, the Department can be reached by calling 800-282-6063 or 860-509-8045.
12/1/2012Sandy Hook/Newtown Support & Resources
  Our thoughts are with those affected by the very tragic events of Friday, December 14, 2012 in Newtown. United Way 2-1-1, Connecticut's statewide information and referral and crisis line, wants you to know that they are available 24 hours a day to provide resources needed in the wake of this tragedy. If you need assistance, please visit the United Way 2-1-1 website at www.211childcare.org or dial 211.
11/1/2012Breastfeeding Survey for Child Day Care Centers and Group Day Care Homes
  The Department of Public Health, Public Health Initiatives Branch, Community Health and Prevention Section, has several ongoing initiatives to make our environment more supportive of breastfeeding mothers and infants.
8/1/2012“Look Before You Lock” campaign
  The Office of Child Care and Office of Head Start are partnering with the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to provide information to the early care and education (ECE) community and parents on the importance of double-checking cars, buses, and vans to make sure that all children arrive safely.
8/1/2012New Mass Notification System
  The Department is now utilizing a new notification system called Everbridge.
2/1/2012Attention Mandated Reporters
  The Department of Children and Families (DCF) wants to inform mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect of a change to take effect March 5, 2012 in how the DCF will respond to reports of abuse and neglect in families that are not at high risk and whose children are safe.