Through the Office of Early Childhood, the State provides funding to match foundation support for Discovery community collaboratives to develop and implement comprehensive birth-to-age-eight community plans. While strategies are developed based on local needs, all collaboratives recognize the importance of addressing the needs of the whole child. Discovery communities are implementing strategies across the domains of: early care; early education; social, emotional and physical health; and family support.
Public/private partnerships have played a key role in developing the capacity to engage in this comprehensive work. The Children's Fund of Connecticut provides funding to secure the commitment and engagement of the health sector. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the State Department of Education, in partnership with the Memorial Fund, offered grants and technical assistance, provided by the Connecticut Center For School Change, to improve local early literacy initiatives.