Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
Policy (Federal, State & Local), Collaboration, Governance/Leadership, Systems Building/Planning
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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. On May 28, 2014, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed Public Act 14-39, formally establishing the Office of Early Childhood in statute. The new agency provides a comprehensive, collaborative system for delivering services to children ages 0 to 5 and their families. The OEC brought 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 phases enabled the new agency to account for the complexity of consolidating multiple programs without weakening the intended impact of such a move. Policymakers hope that bringing these programs together in one cabinet-level agency will improve both the continuity and reach of early childhood programs.