In order to develop a citywide system that promotes healthy growth and development of all Hartford’s young children and their families, Mayor Perez established an Early Childhood Blueprint with key leaders and experts that addresses the basic building blocks of Hartford’s comprehensive early childhood initiative. Central to the administrative structure is the Mayor’s commitment to Hartford’s young children and their families, including the development of a Cabinet for Young Children and the Hartford Office for Young Children. The support of a high-level Cabinet that includes parents, government and business leaders and a fully staffed Hartford Office for Young Children elevates the visibility of early childhood issues and needs of children birth to eight, within city government.
In accordance with Hartford’s Blueprint for Young Children, the early childhood programs previously operated by the City’s Department of Health & Human Services and the preschool classrooms of the Hartford System of Schools, have been consolidated under the Hartford Office for Young Children. This consolidation is unprecedented in scope and structure, forming a uniform, coordinated citywide early childhood system.
The Hartford Office for Young Children per City Council resolution is authorized to pursue and receive all grant funds related to early childhood on behalf of the City. With regard to Discovery, the OFYC convened key members to review existing data and has proposed that Hartford’s Discovery initiative conduct activities designed to build strong connections, focused on transition to kindergarten, between and among Hartford families, community representatives, early childhood providers and elementary education administrators and classroom professionals.
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