Category: OEC

Welcome Elisabeth Teller to the OEC B23 team!

October 26, 2020

The OEC lead agency team is building back up to be able to fully support our 19 EIS programs.  Elisabeth comes on board from Sarah, Inc.-KIDSTEPS where she served as the Director of Children’s Services, and the B23 program director for 16 years.  Before that she was a developmental therapist at the STAR Rubino Center.  It has been a long few years for Part C in Connecticut starting with the massive change to a fee for service system, then moving to a new lead agency (and a few new commissioners), then the RFP and related transitions and of course now … Continue reading

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Draft Part C Application Available for Comment

February 28, 2020

Each year Connecticut submits an application to the US Department of Education (ED) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for about $4M in funding to support the administration of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Part C). Here is a link to the draft FFY20 Part C Application. Written comment on the draft application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020. Comments should be sent to the attention of Alice E. Ridgway, by mail at the Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard Suite #205, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835; by Fax 860-622-2789 or … Continue reading

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Webinar about OEC Priority Activities April 23

April 13, 2018

The Office of Early Childhood invites you to learn about the priorities for actions to improve the Early Care and Education system: Licensing Requirements and Supports Access and Rates Workforce, Technical Assistance and Training Communication, Information and Collaboration This webinar, facilitated by Commissioner David Wilkinson and Christine Johnson-Staub (Center for Law and Social Policy), will take place on April 23 at 2:00PM-4:00PM and is a follow up to the community action sessions that took place on February 5 & 6.  Since then, OEC has incorporated feedback and revised planned actions. OEC has benefitted from listening to the concerns and ideas … Continue reading

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Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities

April 13, 2017

A Learning Forum on Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities Building a Brighter Future for Infants & Toddlers: Connecticut’s Campaign to Prevent Child Maltreatment & Fatalities Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) 110 Barnes Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492 Click Here for Full Description and Registration http://us15.campaign-      

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Ending Family Homelessness

April 11, 2016

Join the CT Office of Early Childhood and the Partnership for Strong Communities on Tuesday April 26 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM to hear: Sharon McDonald, Director for Families and Youth at the National  Alliance to End Homelessness highlight national best practices and promising strategies Kathryn Parr, University of CT  presenting cost impact findings Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor and other panelists discussing state-level strategies to support families with unstable housing and prevent or reduce homelessness Free and open to the public The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT (directions:   Register now: More information:  

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Connecticut Launches Safe Sleep Campaign Promoting Safe Sleep Environments for Infants

February 5, 2016

In April 2014, the Office of the Child Advocate issued data from 2001-2013 reporting that the number of Connecticut infants who died where unsafe sleep conditions were present was almost three times the number of infants who died of child abuse. The public health alert also stated that infants in Connecticut are more likely to die from unsafe sleeping conditions than from child abuse, car accidents, choking, drowning, falls, or any other form of accidental injury.  The statewide campaign will distribute information to parents of newborns discharged from the hospital through a variety of means including door hangers, posters, booklets … Continue reading

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OEC Strategic Plan Public Forums

July 21, 2015

The OEC will hold public forums across the state to seek input from the public on its strategic plan framework. Over the past decade, many reports have been written by commissions, task forces, policy groups, researchers and state agencies about ways to improve public policy and direct dollars to better support young children and families. These reports incorporated significant public participation and the OEC has chosen to use the wisdom, work and input collected in these reports as a starting point for its strategic plan framework. The OEC has reviewed over fifty of these state and national strategy papers and … Continue reading

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