In Connecticut, health consultants/nurse consultant ensure children's health and safety in child care settings. They monitor children’s development through screening, connect children to follow up services when needed and help pediatric primary care and child care providers collaborate to address children's health and developmental needs.
Licensed early care and education settings are required by the State of Connecticut to have regular visits by a health consultant/nurse consultant.
Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC)
The Division of Licensing oversees licensing programs for child care centers, group child care homes, family child care homes, and youth camps. Click here for more information.
Get the latest on COVID-19 from the state of Connecticut. Find out more from the state's COVID-19 page.
The OEC Commissioner, Beth Bye, is issuing regular memos that provide essential guidance for child care providers. The memos provide up-to-date information on program policies, funding, resources, and more. Read memos.
Head Start programs promote the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way. Read the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
OHS provides regular COVID-19 updates and guidance. To view the latest updates, click here.
CT State Department of Education
Click here for links to clinical procedure guidelines for Connecticut school nurses, the school nurse bulletin, the School Nurse Advisory Council, and more.
Early Childhood Education
Early childhood special education as defined by the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children with disabilities who require special education. In Connecticut, special education and related services are available to eligible children by age 3 and are provided by local and regional school districts. Find out more.