Research with OEC

At OEC, we support high quality research — research that improves knowledge and understanding about early childhood services and people’s experiences. Learn how to access and explore an array of CT early childhood data resources.

Get access to data

See OEC data and reports

Explore our Agency and Program Reports page. You can also jump directly to:

Check out these public data sources

Connecticut data

National data (that includes State of Connecticut data)

Looking for something else?

If you can’t find the data you want, or have an idea about data you’d like to see, you can fill out our data request form.

We’ll send a notice of receipt, and follow up with questions and next steps. Clear, specific descriptions of what you would like really helps! Include the timeframe (e, g., calendar years 2018 through 2020), the program (e.g., Home Visiting), and any geographic or demographic focus (e.g., New London County, or infants and toddlers).

Keep in mind that some data may not be available, and pulling together a quality data set while also administering programs takes time.

Understand your responsibilities as a researcher

* Note that OEC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) — which operated from 2015 to 2021 — is no longer active.

Conducting research with OEC families, children, or programs

Wanting to interview people or asking for their personal data needs to be done with great care and respect. Here are some steps for success:

  1. Contact the OEC Division Director of the program you are interested in to talk about what you’d like to do, how you hope to do it, and why you think it is important for understanding and improving the lives of young children and the people who care for them.
    • Pro Tip: email a letter of introduction and ask for a brief meeting. Attach a written description of your proposal.
  2. If the OEC Division Director is interested in your proposed project, ask them for a Letter of Support. This will be useful for a grant application, IRB* or dissertation proposal, and to share when you recruit research participants.
  3. Once you have the support and approvals you need, think about how to begin recruiting participants. See the Understand your responsibilities as a researcher section.
    • Keep in mind that people can always say, “No thanks!!” even if your research is top notch.
    • Saying Yes only applies to that “level” of approval. If the OEC Division Director says “Yes”, but the program director says “No”, that’s a hard stop. If the program director says, “Yes”, then the classroom teacher says “No”, you stop. When a parent says “No”, that’s where you stop.
    • If all of the adults say “Yes” and the child’s words or behaviors show that he or she doesn’t want to talk or play or participate in the research, that’s a “NO!” and you end the research session.
  4. When you have completed your research, tell us what you learned! Share key findings and results with the OEC director and study participants. OEC wants to hear about the impact of our programs and policies on children and families. Thank you for your partnership!
Last updated January 25, 2023