Collaborative Initiatives with Other Agencies
To better serve parents and children in Connecticut, the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) works together with other agencies on a number of important initiatives. Learn more about our interagency work.
Birth to Three System Interagency Coordinating Council
The Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) plays a crucial role in helping OEC implement the Birth to Three system in Connecticut. Council members have a mix of backgrounds and professions — they include representatives from different agencies, parents, elected legislators, early intervention services providers, and more. Learn about ICC’s current members, upcoming meetings, and more on the Birth to Three website.
Connecticut 2Gen Initiative
The Two-Generational (2Gen) approach is a holistic way of supporting families in Connecticut become economically stable. It focuses on creating opportunities and meeting the needs of two generations — both parents and their children — at the same time. The Advisory Board brings together members of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government as well as private sector partners and parents. Learn more about 2Gen in Connecticut.
Early Childhood Cabinet
The Early Childhood Education Cabinet’s purpose is to develop a high-quality, comprehensive system of early childhood education among the wide array of early childhood programs in Connecticut. Originally called the Early Childhood Education Cabinet when it was formed in 2005, the Cabinet was renamed in 2014 to reflect its interest in all areas that affect young children and families. The Cabinet is within the Office of Early Childhood for administrative purposes only. It’s temporarily inactive. Explore the Cabinet’s website.
Home Visiting Consortium
The Home Visiting Consortium works to improve the coordination of home visiting services in the state’s early childhood system. The Consortium advises OEC, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Developmental Services, and the Department of Education. Read more about the Home Visiting Consortium.
OEC believes that partnering with parents and families is critical. Parents know their children best and are the experts in understanding what works, what’s needed, and how programs can be improved for themselves and their children. That’s why OEC is currently developing a Parent Cabinet — made up of parents from across the state — to advise us and help us learn how we can make the experiences of young children and their families better through their engagement and leadership. To learn more about the Parent Cabinet, call 860-500-4468.