PRESS RELEASE
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
For Immediate Release:

Maggie Adair, Office of Early Childhood
860-878-8936

Ann Scully, United Way of Connecticut
860-571-7215
Office of Early Childhood and United Way of Connecticut 211 Child Care Offer Enhanced Child Care and Youth Camp Search Tool
ROCKY HILL, Conn. The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC), the agency responsible for the oversight of child care and youth camps in Connecticut, in partnership with United Way of Connecticut’s 211 Child Care announced the launch of an enhanced search tool which now makes detailed inspection information of child care programs, including youth camps, easily accessible to parents and other interested parties. The 211 Child Care statewide child care resource & referral service will now offer families detailed program offerings and licensing and inspection information all in one place. United Way of Connecticut has expanded the 211 Child Care online search tool to incorporate this information to further assist families in selecting quality care for their children.

This enhanced search tool, accessible at https://www.211childcare.org/, helps parents find and learn more about licensed home and center-based child care providers and youth camps in Connecticut. For providers, the enhanced search lookup tool will increase their visibility to the public and improve their ability to connect with and enroll families.
 
This tool helps families:
  • Search for a provider/program by name or location
  • Search for programs that serve specific age groups
  • Search for programs with fees, hours, quality indicators etc. that match their needs
  • See any violations cited by the OEC over the past five years
  • View OEC inspection reports and provider’s corrective action plans

The OEC routinely inspects child care programs to ensure the standards Connecticut has set are being met. The results of these inspections are being made more accessible so OEC is more transparent with information that is publicly available, but currently difficult to access. For parents it can help them as they make informed choices about child care programs for their child.
 
This enhanced tool is part of a larger effort to emphasize the value of licensed care in Connecticut and help parents find licensed child care more easily. OEC and UWC 211 Child Care communications with parents emphasize that child care providers that are regulated by the state are safe, nurturing places for children to learn and grow, and that licensing demonstrates a commitment to the safety and wellbeing of Connecticut's children. 

  • For questions about the licensing and inspection information in the search tool, please contact OEC’s Licensing Help Desk at 860-500-4450.

  • For questions about the tool itself or for additional information on all the resources and supports 211 Child Care makes available to families and providers, please contact 211 Child Care at 800-505-1000.

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About the Office of Early Childhood

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) advances a two-generation family-centered approach in our pursuit of optimal health, safety and learning outcomes for young children. Through our core programs, we support infant and toddler care, preschool, after-school care, child care and youth camp licensing, home visiting, and early intervention to address developmental delays. 

About United Way of Connecticut 211 Child Care

The United Way of Connecticut’s 211 Child Care is Connecticut's statewide child care resource and referral service. 211 Child Care provides consumer education and assistance to families to identify and access quality child care programs for their children. 211 Child Care also provides professional development, business supports, and technical assistance to child care providers.