EASTCONN will initiate, support and facilitate partnerships, collaborations and regional solutions that are responsive to the needs of all learners through exemplary programs, products and services.
1. What is EASTCONN?
Created in 1980 under Connecticut General Statute 10-66a, EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center (RESC). EASTCONN exists to provide high-quality, competitively priced educational and related services to 36 member Boards of Education (school districts) and the 33 communities they serve in northeastern Connecticut. We are governed by a Board of Directors, which is composed of representatives from locally elected Boards of Education. The agency’s funding comes from the fees it charges for programs, products and services, supplemented by competitively awarded grants and contracts.
2. What towns are in the EASTCONN region?
3. What are the school districts in the EASTCONN region?
4. Is EASTCONN an acronym?
No. The name is a combination of the first syllables in two key words, Eastern and Connecticut, which describe our regional location. Our name is properly spelled using all capital letters: EASTCONN.
5. How is EASTCONN structured, organizationally?
6. How many special education programs and magnet schools are run by EASTCONN?
We administer two magnet high schools: Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT), an arts magnet high school in Willimantic; and Quinebaug Middle College, located on the Danielson campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College. We also administer a number of special education programs, including our Autism Program, located in Columbia; the K-12 Educational and Vocational Center (EVC) in Columbia; and the K-12 Northeast Regional Program (NRP) in Putnam. In addition, EASTCONN administers the Young Adult Program for adult students with developmental disabilities, ages 18-21. EASTCONN also collaborates with Woodstock Academy on a program for high-school-age students with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
7. Is EASTCONN a state agency?
No. However, EASTCONN regularly collaborates with the Connecticut State Department of Education on a broad variety of educational initiatives and programs, not only for schools in our region, but for educators across the state.
8. Is EASTCONN affiliated with Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, or with the University of Connecticut in Storrs?
Not directly, no, although EASTCONN often works collaboratively with the universities on educational initiatives and programs.
9. How many people work at EASTCONN?
10. How many locations does EASTCONN use to deliver its programs and services?
EASTCONN staff work at 20 different agency-affiliated sites across eastern and northeastern Connecticut. EASTCONN staff also serve in a variety of education-related and consultative capacities, many of them embedded, in dozens of schools across the EASTCONN region, and beyond.
11. I often see EASTCONN buses. Who are their passengers?
EASTCONN’s highly rated Transportation subdivision consists of more than 100 vehicles that travel more than 2.5 million miles a year. Our yellow buses, mini-buses and specially equipped vans carry both regular and special education students to destinations ranging from local areas and schools to neighboring states. Drivers and aides are experienced carriers of both medically fragile students and those with behavioral challenges. EASTCONN also transports some qualified adults for employment and training programs.
EASTCONN will provide equal employment opportunities to all persons without discrimination with respect to race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetic information, or physical or mental disability.
Further, it is the policy of EASTCONN that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be discriminated against under any program because of race, color, religion, gender age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, disability or any other classification protected by state or federal law. EASTCONN will neither knowingly use the services of, nor otherwise deal with, any business, contractor, subcontractor, or agency that engages in unlawful discrimination.