CT OEC Parent Cabinet

What is the Parent Cabinet?

The CT OEC Parent Cabinet is a diverse, parent-led 15 member advisory group to OEC that meets regularly to help make improvements in the lives of children and families across the state. There are 2 to 3 members representing a region of the state (according to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) map). When we use the term parent we mean all who care and raise children in a parenting role.

Applications for the Parent Cabinet have closed

Our current application round ended on March 24, 2024. If you submitted an application, we’ll be in touch with you soon.

We represent parents across Connecticut

Most members are parents themselves, meeting regularly with parents, guardians, and other residents in our communities to make sure that the parent voice is a part of state decisions and policies that affect families. Parent Cabinet members:

  • Offer guidance to state agencies on how to improve programs, policies, and laws related to young children and their families
  • Advocate for the needs of families from all backgrounds
  • Help OEC form lasting and effective partnerships with families
  • Increase awareness around OEC services and supports
  • Elevate voices from across Connecticut — from parents and others — so they’re heard at the highest levels of state government
  • Increase your own professional development and leadership skills

Overview of our impact

  • Shared first-hand experiences and raised the parent voice to the highest levels in the state
  • Gave feedback on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care to shape a 5-year plan for child care in CT
  • Served on advisory panels, like the Birth to Three System Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC), OEC Strategic Planning External Steering Committee, the Early Childhood Cabinet, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care, and more.
  • Presented or spoken at multiple local and national conferences to date.

To see more of our impact — and learn more about our current members — check out our membership page.

Our Mission

To build strong connections, listen intentionally, and partner with Connecticut families of young children, communities, and OEC to incorporate the expertise of all parents throughout the early childhood system to ensure family-driven equitable policies and programs​.

Watch a video about the Parent Cabinet

Connect with your Parent Cabinet representative

Have questions or suggestions for the Cabinet? To find the parents serving your area to send them an email, use the map below or choose your town from the dropdown list. You can also learn more about our current members.


Want to learn more? Would you like a Parent Cabinet member to attend a meeting you’re hosting?

Contact us at OEC.ParentCabinet@ct.gov. We’ll respond in 1-2 business days.

Last updated March 25, 2024