Partners and Supporters
Administration for Community Living
The Administration for Community Livingsupports the needs of the aging and disability populations and improves access to health care and long-term services.
Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health
Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health is a global organization that includes those states and countries whose infant mental health associations have licensed the use of the Competency Guidelines® and/or Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health® under their associations’ names.
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
The American Occupational Therapy Association is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.
American Physical Therapy Association
The American Physical Therapy Association is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 100,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives
The Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting Initiatives is member-driven and dedicated to supporting members in the effective implementation and improvement of home visiting programs at the state, territory and Tribal level. The evidence-based approaches of these programs, focused on pregnant women and families with children birth-through-five, help support families in their most important job of raising children to lead healthy and productive lives.
Connecticut State Department of Education
CT Department of Education (CSDE), the state agency tasked with oversight and support of local school districts serving children from preschool through Grade 12. Often these collaborations involve other agencies and organizations.
Connecticut Office Of Early Childhood
The Office of Early Childhood serves families with young children and the professionals who support them. OEC licenses programs for family childcare homes, group childcare homes, childcare centers, and youth camps.
Connecticut Birth to Three System
Connecticut Part C/Birth to Three supports families when they have concerns about their children's development.
Connecticut State Council on Developmental Disabilities
The federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (The DD Act) authorized State Councils on Developmental Disabilities to engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that contribute to a comprehensive, coordinated, and self-determined system of individualized services and supports that is centered on and directed by individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Connecticut Department of Developmental Services
The Connecticut Department of Developmental Servicesis a state agency of Connecticut providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 26. The Center is committed to the idea that parents can be the most effective advocates for their children, given the confidence that knowledge and understanding of special education law and its procedures can bring.
Disability Rights Connecticut
Disability Rights Connecticut provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology, community integration, voting, and rights protection issues. DRCT also addresses issues through policy advocacy, education, monitoring, and investigation.
Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Tribal Nation
The Mashantucket Pequots are a native Algonquin people who endured centuries of conflict, survival, and continuity on and around North America’s oldest Indian reservation (Est. 1666) located in southeastern Connecticut. The Tribe provides generous assistance to nonprofit organizations that support its local communities.
The Mohegan Tribe
The Mohegan Tribe is a sovereign, federally recognized Indian tribe situated with a reservation in Southeastern Connecticut. For decades, the Mohegan Tribe has been a resource for local schools and communities on Native American studies, offering free programs to in-state schools as well as online materials for all educators and homeschoolers through our new Educators Project.
National Head Start Association
The National Head Start Association is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Since 1974, NHSA has worked diligently for policy changes that ensure all at-risk children have access to the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 50 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.