General contact information

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

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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

TitleNameContact Information
CommissionerBeth Bye860-500-4413
Chief Operating OfficerChris Lyddy860-500-4433
Chief Research and Planning OfficerRachel Leventhal-Weinerrachel.leventhal-weiner@ct.gov
860-500-4417
Executive SecretaryChenae Russellchenae.russell@ct.gov
860-500-4413
Director of Government and Community RelationsMaggie Adairmaggie.adair@ct.gov
860-500-4415
Child Care Development Fund AdministratorJulie Giacconejulie.giaccone@ct.gov
Director of Head Start State Collaboration OfficeElena Trueworthy elena.trueworthy@ct.gov
860-500-4468

Division directors

DivisionDirectorContact Information
Early Care and EducationDeb Flis deb.flis@ct.gov
860-500-4428
Family SupportAshley McAuliffeashley.mcauliffe@ct.gov
FiscalSarah Poulinsarah.poulin@ct.gov
Grants & ContractsCathy Lenihancatherine.lenihan@ct.gov
LegalMichael Curleymichael.curley@ct.gov
860-500-4522
LicensingDebra Johnsondebra.johnson@ct.gov
860-500-4478
Quality ImprovementDeb Flisdeb.flis@ct.gov
860-500-4428

Funded programs

ProgramContactContact Information
Birth to ThreeAlice Ridgwayalice.ridgway@ct.gov
860-500-4403
Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)Charmaine Thomas,
Laura Dunleavy
charmaine.thomas@ct.gov
laura.dunleavy@ct.gov
860-500-4419 
Child Day Care ContractsRachel Tway-Grant,
Jennifer Jones
rachel.tway-grant@ct.gov
jennifer.jones@ct.gov
Even StartHaley Scotthaley.scott@ct.gov
Home VisitingAileen McKennaaileen.mckenna@ct.gov
860-500-4402
School Readiness Preschool Grant ProgramCheryl Sparkschristina.gademsky@ct.gov
cheryl.sparks@ct.gov
860-500-4502
Smart StartMichelle Levymichelle.levy@ct.gov
State Head Start SupplementJennifer Jonesjennifer.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 April 6, 2021