Parent Cabinet

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is excited to be launching the first ever Parent Cabinet!

The Parent Cabinet is a diverse parent-led advisory group to OEC. It meets regularly to help make improvements to the lives of children and families across the state by working directly with the state agency that oversees child care and Care 4 Kids, home visiting, licensing, and early intervention. Learn more about what OEC does.

Watch a video about the Parent Cabinet

Make a difference in the lives of families

Too often, parents and caregivers don’t get a say in the laws and policies that directly affect their families. The Cabinet is designed to help change that. We’re turning to the experts — parents and caregivers like you.

By giving you a chance to work directly with OEC — and to report back about the concerns and experiences of other parents — members of the Parent Cabinet will provide guidance on:

  • How to improve programs, policies, and laws related to young children and their families
  • The needs of families from all backgrounds
  • How OEC can form lasting and effective partnerships with families
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​.

Take on real responsibility

The Parent Cabinet has 15 members and each member serves for 2 years. Parent Cabinet members will:

  • Attend trainings to prepare them for their role
  • Spend at least 42 hours a year on Parent Cabinet responsibilities — attending monthly meetings, working on projects, meeting with communities, and more

In exchange, each member will receive a stipend.

To keep the membership of the Cabinet balanced regionally, we set some requirements.

Check out our Questions and Answers page to get more details on how the Parent Cabinet works, what member responsibilities are, and more.

Learn more about the Parent Cabinet — or apply to join

Father holding daughter

The Parent Cabinet application goes live May 19, 2021, and will be open for 6 weeks ending June 28, 2021. Even though applications have closed, we encourage all parents or caregivers in Connecticut to get involved in any local parent and early childhood groups who will be connected to the Parent Cabinet.

Want to apply?

Applications have closed as of June 28, 2021. Please stay up to date on the website as any updates will be added. The Parent Cabinet will take applications again after 2 years.

Check out our Questions and Answers page to get more details on how the Parent Cabinet works, what member responsibilities are, and more. You can also learn more about the history of the Parent Cabinet.

Have Questions?

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


Last updated June 29, 2021