OEC Parent Cabinet

The OEC Parent Cabinet is a diverse, parent-led advisory group to OEC that meets regularly to help make improvements in the lives of children and families across the state. When we use the term parent we mean all who care and raise children in a parenting role.

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​.

We represent parents in Connecticut

Most of our members are parents themselves, and we meet regularly with parents, guardians, and other residents in our communities. 

We also work directly with OEC, the state agency that oversees child care and Care 4 Kids, home visiting, licensing, and early intervention.

We help make sure that the parent voice is reflected in state decisions and policies that affect families. Learn more about our current members.

Watch a video about the Parent Cabinet

What we do

  • 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
  • Elevate voices from across Connecticut — from parents and others — so they’re heard at the highest levels of state government

Connect with your Parent Cabinet representative

Have questions or suggestions for the Cabinet? To find the folks serving your area and 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 October 20, 2023