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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.

The new agency builds on work done in 2012 when Connecticut invested $9.8 million in early childhood initiatives, created 1,000 new spots for early learners, invested $3 million in a tiered quality rating and improvement system, and sought collaboration for OEC planning. Agency commissioners, early childhood education and development advocates, parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders played a role in designing the structure and focus of the new agency. Seventy-one staff will move to the new office, and four new positions will be created, including an Executive Director. The OEC will require a $370,000 investment in fiscal year 2014 and will use the Department of Education administrative and back office support.

The planning of the OEC was made possible by support from the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund, the Early Childhood Collaborative funders, and the Early Childhood Alliance. It will strengthen programming and teacher training as well as improve accessibility to early care and education programs.

Learn more by reading the Governor's executive order at

Updated October 2013.


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