Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
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In June 2013, Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy established the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) by executive order to help close the achievement gap and prepare children for the future. The new agency provides a comprehensive, collaborative system for delivering services to children ages 0 to 5 and their parents. The implementation of the Office of Early Childhood will occur in two phases between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014. The OEC will bring together programs from five different agencies – State Department of Education (SDE), Department of Social Services (DSS), Board of Regents (BOR), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and Department of Public Health (DPH). Staggering the OEC’s implementation in two phases over one year enables the new agency to account for the complexity of consolidating multiple programs without weakening the intended impact of such a move. Programs from SDE, DSS, and BOR will move in Phase I; while programs in DPH, DDS, and one additional program in SDE and DSS each will move in Phase II. Policymakers hope that bringing these programs together in one office will improve both the continuity and reach of early childhood programs.