While this virtual family resource center is focused primarily on Wethersfield, there are numerous early childhood organizations across Connecticut.
I need help and I’m not sure who to ask.
Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Connecticut and you will reach a highly-trained call specialist who will assess your needs and provide referrals to the resources in your community. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. www.211ct.org or dall 2-1-1.
What if I need help finding a daycare or preschool?
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. www.211childcare.org or call 2-1-1.
What if I need help paying for childcare?
Care4Kids provides financial assistance for low to moderate income families in Connecticut to help cover childcare costs. Eligibility is subject to change. Contact 211 Childcare to find out if you are eligible. For additional information contact www.ctcare4kids.com or call 800-214-5437.
Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)
The mission of CAEYC is to enhance the care, education and development of Connecticut’s young children and to support the professionals who care for them, in the context of home, family and community. www.ctaeyc.org
Connecticut Birth to Three System
The mission of the Birth to Three System is to strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who may have developmental delays. www.birth23.org
Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance
The goal of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is to ensure that all children born in Connecticut will enter kindergarten healthy, eager to learn and ready for school success! www.earlychildhoodalliance.com
Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate
The Office of the Child Advocate monitors and evaluates public and private agencies that are charged with the protection of children, and reviews state agency policies and procedures to ensure they protect children’s rights and promote their best interest. www.ct.gov/oca
Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
State agency whose goal is to support all young children in their development by ensuring that early childhood policy, funding and services strengthen the critical role families, providers, educators and communities play in a child’s life. www.ct.gov/oec
A website providing free legal information and legal aid contacts for low-income families in Connecticut. www.CTLawHelp.org
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Wethersfield offers two FREE options for adults with limited proficiency in the English language or whose native language is not English:
- Adult Education classes – offered through Wethersfield Adult Education, program runs in the evenings.
- Family Learning Program – offering ESL instruction for adults during the day who also need childcare.