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.

Connecticut Children’s Collective

The Connecticut Children’s Collective is a network of local partnerships creating positive outcomes for Connecticut’s children and families. Only by working together can we identify the local needs of children, provide outreach to families, and improve local programs and services. Local leaders, parents, educators, and providers know best what works in their community, and working together can dramatically improve outcomes for all Connecticut’s children. Learn more about the Collective on their website.

Connecticut Head Start State Collaboration Office

The CT Head Start State Collaboration Office works across state agencies, and in partnership with Head Start programs, the Connecticut Head Start Association, and representatives of the broader early childhood, family support, and professional development communities in planning and implementing collaborative activities and initiatives that build upon strengths and address identified needs for low-income children and families in the state. Learn more about the Connecticut Head Start State Collaboration Office.

Connecticut State Department of Education

The OEC regularly collaborates with the CT Department of Education (CSDE), the state agency tasked with oversight and support of local school districts serving children from preschool through Grade 12.  Often these collaborations involve other agencies and organizations. Visit the OEC-CSDE Collaborations Page for examples of our joint work.   

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. Visit the Early Childhood Cabinet webpage.

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 Parent Cabinet

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 created the 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, visit the OEC Parent Cabinet website page.

Last updated August 10, 2022