Behavioral Health Initiative

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is bringing together the various behavioral health services that support families and providers under one initiative.

This will strengthen our system to make sure all children and families receive the support they need for success in home, school, and community.


Commissioner Beth Buy

“Parents’ and early childhood educators’ care and support are critical in equipping children with the environment and tools for long terms behavioral health. Organizing OEC’s early childhood behavioral health programs under one initiative will help ensure more families and children in Connecticut can access information, tools and supports.”

— Commissioner Beth Bye, Office of Early Childhood


What is behavioral health?

Behavioral health is how our mental health, physical health, and spiritual health affect our well-being and behaviors.

Mental health
Mental health
includes our emotional, social and psychological well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act.
Spiritual health
Spiritual health
is how we view our purpose and place. It affects the ways we connect with the world around us.
Physical health
Physical health
is the normal functioning of our bodies. It affects how we grow, feel, and move.

Good behavioral health is important for children and adults. It helps us cope with life’s stresses and reach our goals. Just like we care for our bodies and physical health, it is important to care for our minds. The tools for emotional wellbeing are lifelong skills that can be passed down for generations. 


“OEC is dedicated to promoting healthy growth and development in children while recognizing how important it is for the adults who care for them to be healthy in mind and body.”

— Lorna Thomas-Farquharson Psy.D., Program Manager, Office of Early Childhood

How does OEC support behavioral health?

OEC takes a developmental approach to children’s behavioral health. This begins with building social-emotional skills in all children and families. We also provide screening and assessment, and connect children and families with support, resources, and treatment. 

Last updated December 22, 2023