Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care

The Panel was  charged with developing a 5-year strategic plan for a child care system that works for families, providers, and Connecticut’s economy.

Governor Lamont initiated the Blue-Ribbon Panel on Child Care by Executive Order in 2023. The Panel’s strategic plan will:

  • Be actionable and data-driven
  • Prioritize equitable access to early care and education
  • Support families, providers, and the state’s economy

Our goal is to develop an equitable, high-quality, and sustainable system that ensures that every child has a quality educational foundation that will prepare them to grow, learn, and succeed.

Read the Panel’s report

On December 8, 2023, the  final report was submitted to the Governor’s office. Read the report now.

The culmination of over a year of work, the Report incorporates extensive feedback from Blue Ribbon workgroups, national and local experts, Panel members, and other stakeholders, including providers, parents, businesses, and advocates. 

Graphic displaying ROI estimates for the Blue Ribbon Child Care Plan

You can also see how the report evolved by reviewing our draft outlines:

Learn more about the Panel’s work

Explore our meetings archive

Review videos, minutes, and other materials from past meetings. Visit the Blue Ribbon Panel meeting page.

Share your opinion

We need the input and support of Connecticut’s families, providers, employers, and community members. Tell us your ideas for improving child care in Connecticut on our feedback page.


See how we helped others learn about our work and get involved.
• Flyer for parents (English) (Haitian) (Portuguese) (Spanish)
• Flyer for professionals (English)

2023 Blue Ribbon Panel timeline

Panel meets to initiate the planning process

Panel meets monthly

Review to assess proposed plan contents

Review of the draft plan — which will be extensive to ensure broad-based feedback

Panel submits the final plan

Panel members

Panel members are parents, early childhood education experts, business leaders, higher education, public school, and child care and education providers and legislators.

  • Senator Eric Berthel
  • Audette Bisaillon
  • Emily Byrne
  • Shawn Coyne
  • Representative Jeffrey Currey
  • Chris DiPentima
  • Jamie Eden
  • Dr. Monette Ferguson
  • Diana Jepsen
  • Dr. William Johnson
  • Katherine Lantigua
  • Courtney Larkin
  • Karen Lott
  • Althea Marshall-Brooks
  • Representative Kathleen McCarty
  • Senator Douglas McCrory
  • Garrett Moran
  • Kailyn Nadeau
  • Fran Rabinowitz
  • Jessica Sager
  • Melissa Turner
  • Carmelita Valencia-Daye
  • Maria Del Pilar Vargas

Learn about the advisory groups that helped inform our approach and work.

Last updated February 16, 2024