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Young Children and Families


The Young Children & Families Department is committed to ensuring high quality experiences and learning for young children, their families and early childhood professionals through innovative, collaborative and service-focused programming, professional development, relationship-building and early childhood initiatives. We identify and deliver customized programming and services that support the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young children, young students and their families.

We collaborate with families and professionals through:

  • IDEA's Part C Early Intervention program (Birth to Three):
  • Preschool Enhancement Program (PEP)
  • Stonington Family Resource Center (FRC)
  • Accreditation Facilitation Project (AFP):
  • School Readiness:


Professional Development:

  • Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • CT Early Learning & Development Standards (ELDS)
  • Child development
  • Infant mental health
  • Assessment
  • Healthy relationships
  • Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)


National, regional, and local Early Childhood initiatives:

  • Quality Improvement System (QIS)
  • Workforce competencies (CKC)
  • Early Learning & Development Standards (ELDS):
  • Pre-K-Grade 3 (3 to 3)
  • IDEA's Part C Early Intervention Program (CT Birth to Three System)
  • Association for Infant Mental Health-CT (AIMH-CT):


 For specific information please choose one of the links below:

Early Care and Education

Partners for Birth to Three

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