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Additional Resources for Families

Office of Early Childhood Licensing

The Division of Licensing is responsible for the administration of the child care and youth camp licensing programs at the Office of Early Childhood. Family child care homes, group child care homes, child care centers and youth camps are required to be licensed.


The Administration for Children & Families

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. We promote the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals and communities with leadership and resources for compassionate, effective delivery of human services.


Head Start and Early Head Start are administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Head Start Performance Standards


211 Child Care

2-1-1 Child Care is a free, confidential, and statewide service which helps match the requests of parents with child care providers and programs. Information on how to find quality child care is also available.


Center on the Developing Child at Harvard

The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.


Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth to 26.


Connecticut Parent Power

CT Parent Poweris a statewide parent-led and parent-driven organization that works to engage, empower and mobilize parents to act on children's issues.


Zero to Three

There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Parenting is an ongoing process of learning who your individual child is and what he needs to thrive. Resources are designed to help you tune in to what makes your child tick, and to guide you in thinking about the best way to meet your child’s individual needs.



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Child First

Child First helps struggling families build strong, nurturing relationships that heal and protect young children from the devastating impact of trauma and chronic stress.


Care 4 Kids

Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.


Help Me Grow

The Help Me Grow program identifies and supports the most effective means of assisting and strengthening families, communities, and human services workforce in order to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote the health, well-being and positive growth and development of all young children in Connecticut. The Help Me Grow program can help you better understand your child's development.





Early Head Start and Head Start

Head Start Applications

If you have a child ready for Early Head Start or Head Start please use this application click here 

If you are pregnant and would like to apply for Early Head Start please use this application click here

Early Head Start 

Early Head Start is a federally funded program for eligible children, age birth to three, pregnant women and their families.

Early Head Start programs combine developmentally appropriate curricula with medical, dental, nutritional, and social service supports for income eligible children and their families.  Services for pregnant women include home visits, support with accessing medical and dental care and a newborn well child visit by a health professional.

EASTCONN administers the Early Head Start program in Windham County. This program serves income-eligible pregnant women and children, birth to age 3, and their families, in a home-visiting and center-based program. EASTCONN offers Early Head Start in northeastern Connecticut, while Windham Public Schools provides the program for the greater Windham area. Stafford Public Schools offers a home-based program in the Stafford area. Benefits of Early Head Start include strong family involvement and support with health, dental, nutrition and mental health needs.

The EASTCONN programs are committed to high quality early childhood programming, including highly qualified teachers, ongoing professional development, small class size, a low child-to-staff ratio, a broad socioeconomic mix of children, and parent engagement in their children's learning.


Head Start

Head Start is a federally funded program for eligible children, age three to five and their families.

Head Start programs combine school readiness curricula with medical, dental, nutritional, and social service supports for income-eligible children and their families.  

EASTCONN administers Head Start, a comprehensive, federally funded program for income-eligible preschool-age children and their families in Windham and Tolland counties. A variety of program options are available. Options include center-based or home-based programming. Center-based programs are available in Killingly, Plainfield, Putnam, Stafford, Vernon and Windham. The home-visiting program, combined with a play group, is available for families in the Putnam, Killingly, Plainfield and Windham areas. Stafford and Windham Public Schools provide the Head Start programs in their respective regions. Benefits of Head Start include strong family involvement and support with health, dental, nutrition and mental health needs.

EASTCONN programs use developmentally appropriate school readiness curriculum based on the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards. Children are assessed using both federal Head Start outcomes as well as the Connecticut Preschool Benchmarks to ensure that there is good curricular alignment with the public schools that will be receiving these children.  

The EASTCONN programs are committed to high-quality early childhood programming, including highly qualified teachers, ongoing professional development, small class size, a low child-to-staff ratio, a broad socioeconomic mix of children and parent engagement in their children's learning.


Head Start Locator


For more information, please contact

Anne Sousa
EASTCONN Administrative Offices & Conference Center
376 Hartford Turnpike
Hampton, CT 06247
860-455-1510 ext.3011



Birth to Three

EASTCONN’s Birth to Three program supports families when they have concerns about their child’s development. Our transdisciplinary team evaluates a child by assessing all areas of development including adaptive, personal-social, communication, motor and cognitive skills. When a significant delay in development is found, a child is eligible for services through Birth to Three. 

Our transdisciplinary team includes Developmental Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and other’s who provide services deemed essential to a child’s development.

Parents, family members and caregivers are also an integral part of the intervention team. From initial contact with the family, through a child’s transition out of Birth to Three, the process is individualized to reflect the child’s and family members’ needs, preferences, priorities, interests, learning styles and cultural beliefs.

EASTCONN’s Birth to Three providers assist family members and caregivers in improving children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities. Ongoing guidance is offered to family members to strengthen their capacity to meet the developmental and health needs of their infants and toddlers.

To make a referral to Birth to Three call 1-800-505-7000 and request EASTCONN’s Birth to Three program.

For more information about Connecticut’s Birth to Three system visit www.birth23.org.

For more information about EASTCONN's Birth-to-Three Program, please contact:

Rebecca Breen
EASTCONN Birth to Three Program Coordinator
376 Hartford Turnpike
Hampton, CT 06247