Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
Settings: High Schools, Community Service Centers
The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OCE) in partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) will support the delivery of comprehensive services to expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families in up to six Connecticut communities: Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Waterbury, and Windham. Using a family-centered, multi-generational approach, OCE will support the educational, health, and social needs of expectant and parenting teens in high schools and community-based organizations. Specifically, OCE and CSDE will dually enroll teen parents in the Parents As Teachers home visiting program and the Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens program in high schools. OCE and CSDE will also provide services to: support academic success, parenting education, co-parenting, and healthy relationships; address case management needs such as housing, childcare, and transportation; and screen and provide referrals for child developmental or social-emotional delays, mental health conditions, interpersonal violence, and substance abuse. OCE aims to support parenting teenagers by: increasing their school attendance, graduation rates, and enrollment in higher education and job training programs, and helping them to establish healthy relationships, stable families, and safe homes.