Framework for Connecticut's Statewide System of Early Childhood State and Local Partnerships

Publication date: 
October, 2016

The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, brings national expertise to consider a new "Framework."

In 2015, Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (Collaborative) provided funding for the purpose of developing recommendations for an infrastructure connecting state child-serving agencies, especially the Office of Early Childhood, with local communities and communities with each other. The resulting report, Framework for Connecticut's Statewide System of Early Childhood State and Local Partnerships, concludes with a set of recommendations for Connecticut Leaders to consider in creating a statewide network of local or regional early care and education partnerships.

The recommended model includes developing three components of the statewide system: formalizing a network of local partnerships; creating a statewide intermediary management agency; and designing supports for the local partnerships within the Office of Early Childhood and other child serving government agencies.

The report is written by Karen W. Ponder, an early childhood educator and a previous advisor to Connecticut in the development of the Office of Early Childhood.

The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative is a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) for which CCP serves as fiscal sponsor. The Collaborative comprises 14 funders from around the state who bring many years of experience in supporting and operating programs that serve the needs of children and families.

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