Programs and Services

OEC provides a number of supports and services that that help young children and families thrive.

Birth to Three

The CT Birth to Three System is designed to support families to enhance their child’s development and connect to their communities. This program is a part of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part C “Early Intervention.” In Connecticut, these services are provided through community-based programs that OEC funds and supports. Learn more about Birth to Three eligibility and services.

Care 4 Kids

The Care 4 Kids program makes child care affordable for low- to moderate-income families in Connecticut. With Care 4 Kids, parents get financial help for the child care they choose.

To apply or get more detailed information about the program, visit the Care 4 Kids website

Home Visiting

Home visiting programs improve the health of young children by providing support and services for them and their families — right in their own homes. These programs reach pregnant women, expectant fathers, and parents and caregivers of children under the age of 5. Learn more about home visiting.

State-funded early care and education programs

OEC funds a number of early care and education programs across the state. These funds — which come from several different grants and contracts — support child care programs, Head Starts, and public school preschools to provide affordable, high-quality early care and education services. Learn about our state-funded ECE programs.

Looking for child care?

2-1-1 Child Care makes it easy to find spots in child care programs in your area — and they keep track of programs in Connecticut, so they’ll know about open spots. Dial 2-1-1 or 800-505-1000. You can also use the Child Care Finder on their website

Last updated August 18, 2021