Connecticut

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Parent Leader: Lauren Lyn and her husband, Sergeant Lyn, had a baby while he was deployed to Iraq for a year. While he served, the Lyn family was eligible to receive child care fee assistance from the military. However, for military families to receive assistance, the child care they use is required to be inspected annually. Lauren had to fight the state of Connecticut to at least agree to look into performing more regular inspections of child care facilities.

While licensing program requirements in Connecticut are among the best in the country, the state’s weak oversight practices undermine the effectiveness of state standards. It is not possible to ensure compliance with licensing office inspections required only once every two years.

Governor: Dannel Malloy (D)

Department of Licensing: Department of Public Health

Additional State Resources:

We Can Do Better: Child care center licensing and oversight in Connecticut ranked 33rd in a ranking of all states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense. 

Leaving Children to Chance: Family child care home licensing and oversight in Connecticut ranked 15th in a ranking of all states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense. 

Connecticut's State Fact Sheet