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Family Services

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.

Contact information:

Birth to Three

Office of Early Childhood

450 Columbus Blvd.

Hartford, CT 06106-1308

Fax: (860) 326-0559


To 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) 500-4408.



Early Childhood Special Education

State Department of Education, Room 369

P.O. Box 2219

165 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06145-2219

Phone: (860) 713-6941

Fax: (860) 713-7023

 Division Director:  Lynn Skene Johnson

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