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Like every loving parent, you want only the best when it comes to your child’s care and education and Connecticut AEYC supports families in their search for top early childhood professionals and accredited facilities.

Whom do you trust?


Connecticut AEYC provides you exceptional resources for reliable advice, encouragement, and support in your search for quality early childhood professionals and accredited facilities.



Connecticut AEYC follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s 10 NAEYC Program standards in its accreditation procedures. These benchmarks provide a valuable guide for parents choosing a childcare program that is dedicated to a superior educational experience for young children. See What to look for in a program for valuable and helpful information.




To find research-based resources, tips and ideas, see NAEYC’s For Families. NAEYC connects you with nationally syndicated columnists T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua Sparrow, physicians whose weekly New York Times articles provided parents with timely and research-based advice for more than two decades. For family-to-family support, visit the national organization’s blog and join the conversation!


The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) publishes The Pyramid Pages: News and Tools for Parents and Early Childhood Providers, a monthly newsletter that focuses on social emotional learning and development.  It’s full of helpful tips and resources for both providers and families. 




How do I help my child develop healthy sleep habits? Why is my child biting? How do I teach my child to become independent and confident? Is my child ready for kindergarten? You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. Check out dozens of articles on vital aspects of child learning and early development such as social and emotional development, guidance, and relationships .

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OEC has released FAQs and guidance for child care providers related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can find the guidance at here.


211 Child Care helps families find child care to best meet their needs and maintains current listings of licensed and licensed exempt child care programs in Connecticut. Child Care Referrals Specialists help parents learn about options in their community and understand what to look for in finding a quality child care arrangement, including a provider’s Elevate Level in CT’s Quality Improvement System. They encourage parents to contact the Office of Early Childhood Division of Licensing to check on the complaint history of licensed child care programs.  In addition, Child Care Referral Specialists can also help parents become connected to other resources such as Connecticut’s child care subsidy program, Care 4 Kids or Birth to Three, for families who may have concerns about their children’s development.


Watch this short video on how to navigate through the child care search.


Click on the button below to find a list of local child care facilities that meet your family’s basic needs. Answer a few specific questions and you will be on your way to a quick child care search.



This is an exciting, brand NEW membership option designed for members outside of the early learning profession, including parents, family members, and early childhood advocates. Benefits include:

  • Access to exclusive NAEYC content specifically for families. Looking for high-quality early learning centers? Wondering how best to support your child’s learning once they get home from school? This is the membership option for you!

  • Access to NAEYC’s Interest Forums, where you can connect with members to learn about specific topics in early childhood. A great resource for families!

  • Discounted insurance offerings, including home, auto, and life insurance.

  • 20% discount on all orders from NAEYC’s online store, as well as access to exclusive member-only sales during the year.

  • Discounted subscription rates for additional publications and resources: Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Exchange Magazine, Highlights High Five, Highlights Hello, and Education Week.


Need more information? Check out the NAEYC website and read more!



Programs that pursue NAEYC Accreditation join a community invested in ensuring quality early learning opportunities for young children everywhere. In addition to program accreditation, NAEYC has an expansive system of affiliate offices across the country who represent 60,000 early learning professionals worldwide who advocate on behalf of young children everywhere. NAEYC’s resources for families, practitioners, and programs create a web of support and connectivity, making NAEYC the foremost association in the field of early learning.


Need more information? Check out the NAEYC website and read more!

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