General contact information

Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
450 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 500-4412

Need help with licensing?

We’re here to help! If you have questions or want to file a complaint, don’t hesitate to call us at (860) 500-4450 or (800) 282-6063.

Get in touch with OEC staff

Administration

TitleContact Information
CommissionerBeth Bye
860-500-4413
Chief Operating OfficerChris Lyddy
860-500-4433
Chief Research and Planning OfficerRachel Leventhal-Weiner
rachel.leventhal-weiner@ct.gov
860-500-4417
Executive SecretaryChenae Russell
chenae.russell@ct.gov
860-500-4413
Government and Community Relations DirectorMaggie Adair
maggie.adair@ct.gov
860-500-4415
Child Care Development Fund AdministratorJulie Giaccone
julie.giaccone@ct.gov
860-500-4463
Head Start State Collaboration Office DirectorElena Trueworthy 
elena.trueworthy@ct.gov
860-500-4468
ARPA AdministratorMillie Torres-Ferguson
Millie.Torres@ct.gov
850-500-4414

Division directors

DivisionContact information
Early Care and EducationKimberly Paluska, Director
kimberly.paluska@ct.gov
860-500-4422
Family SupportAshley McAuliffe, Director
ashley.mcauliffe@ct.gov
860-500-4527
FiscalSarah Poulin, Director
sarah.poulin@ct.gov
860-500-4443
Grants & ContractsCathy Lenihan, Director
catherine.lenihan@ct.gov
860-500-4436
Information TechnologyDhwani Pandya
dhwani.pandya@ct.gov
LegalMichael Curley, Director
michael.curley@ct.gov
860-500-4522
LicensingDebra Johnson, Director
debra.johnson@ct.gov
860-500-4478
Quality ImprovementDeb Flis, Director
deb.flis@ct.gov
860-500-4428

Programs and services

ProgramContact Information
Birth to Three System Nicole Cossette
nicole.cossette@ct.gov
860-500-4410
Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)Charmaine Thomas
charmaine.thomas@ct.gov
860-500-4421
Laura Dunleavy
laura.dunleavy@ct.gov
860-500-4419
Child Day Care (CDC) ContractsRachel Tway-Grant
rachel.tway-grant@ct.gov
Jennifer Jones
jennifer.jones@ct.gov
Even StartHaley Scott
haley.scott@ct.gov
860-500-4432
Home VisitingAshley McAuliffe
ashley.mcauliffe@ct.gov
860-500-4527
School Readiness Preschool Grant ProgramCheryl Sparks
cheryl.sparks@ct.gov
860-500-4502
Christy Gademsky
christina.gademsky@ct.gov
Smart StartMichelle Levy
michelle.levy@ct.gov
860-500-4536
State Head Start SupplementJennifer Jones
Jennifer.Jones@ct.gov

Need to speak with another staff member? View the full OEC Staff Directory.

Resources for parents

Need help finding child care? Visit 211 Childcare or dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-505-1000 when out of state).

Have concerns about your child’s development? Call the Child Development Infoline at 1-800-505-7000.

Need to file a complaint?

If you need to file a complaint against a child care program, visit our File a Complaint page for more details.

Last updated November 22, 2021