About Elevate

The Office of Early Childhood has been focused on building a quality improvement system since it began. It was initially proposed in the law that established our Office (Public Act 14-39). Over the years, our technical assistance and professional development opportunities have been designed to support this aim.

From the start, we wanted a system that integrated our existing licensing standards with national accreditation standards. While accreditation is not a requirement for Elevate, we see it as the definition of high quality.

Learn how Elevate was developer

Watch NAEYC Executive Director Michelle Kang discuss Connecticut’s quality improvement system.

Elevate is different

Over the past decade, nearly every state has created a quality improvement system based on points, checklists, and ratings by outside observers. States have invested huge amounts of money in building this infrastructure.

We’ve taken a different approach. Elevate helps providers grow from where they are through professional learning and tools to strengthen connections with children, families, staff, and their community. We don’t rate programs or classrooms. We built our system by linking existing resources through clear processes and one-to-one connections.

Elevate builds on experience

Over the past several years, we have learned about quality care in Connecticut through the study of state licensing compliance data, state accreditation data, earlier pilots of quality improvement systems, and feedback from providers.

Learn how Connecticut worked with NAEYC

Watch NAEYC Executive Director Michelle Kang discuss Connecticut’s quality improvement system.

Elevate is still a work in progress

We’re always looking for ways to improve our system. We already collect and document feedback from providers during calls with Service Navigators. And we plan to use other methods — such as provider surveys — to learn more about your needs so we can continue to refine Elevate.

Get help from a Service Navigator

Our Service Navigators are experienced guides who can talk about your program’s needs and find out ways to meet them. Connect with a Service Navigator.

Last updated December 2, 2022