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Resources for Families

Head Start & Early Head Start Family Handbook (English)
Early Head Start y Head Start Manual para las familias (Espanol)

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 that promotes 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

2-1-1 Child Care

2-1-1 Child Care is a free, confidential, and statewide service that 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 at Harvard 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.

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 or she needs to thrive. At Zero to Three, 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.


Vroom was developed by a group of dedicated scientists, community leaders and trusted brands, with input from community organizations and families like yours. Together, they provide parents and caregivers with ways to boost early learning.

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 and communities and the 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.


EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center, which has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980.

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