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April 2014

Message from Richard Porth
President/CEO, United Way of Connecticut   

Early Learning and Development

Earlier this month, the Connecticut Early Childhood Education Cabinet published its Early Learning and Development Standards.  These standards provide guidance on what children should know and the capabilities they should have throughout their early years from birth to age five.


CT Early Learning and Development Standards The standards, which are available through the Office of Early Childhood website, were designed to support our state's vision for all young children to have high-quality learning experiences, and that their growth and development will be supported across all settings and through every year of their lives.


2-1-1 Child Care is incorporating these new standards into consumer education and training that it offers to parents and providers. To learn more, call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 Child Care website at

Child Development Infoline (CDI), a free resource for parents and early care providers in Connecticut, is also using these standards to offer help and answer early childhood learning and development questions. CDI has expert care coordinators available to discuss challenging behaviors, developmental concerns, health or disability issues, as well as general child development topics. 
CDI can be reached at its toll-free number (800) 505-7000. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm. Voice messages can be left 24 hours a day and are promptly returned.
Free Dental Clinic April 25th & 26th 
The Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic is coming to Hartford on April 25th and 26th.  The clinic provides free dental care to people who would otherwise go without it. 

Maintaining good oral health is critical to maintainCT MOMing a person's general health, and that is never more important than during pregnancy.  For the first time, Mission of Mercy will have a special section for pregnant patients with a separate line and shorter waiting times.  

Date:    Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26
Place:  XL Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT

Doors open at 6 AM. No appointments will be made. All patients will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information and details about the free dental clinic, click here.

Summer Camp Time!

Now is the time to start finding and registering for summer camps, and 2-1-1 Child Care has the most comprehensive list of camps in the state.

kids summer smiling fun camp

You can use the newly updated search engine on the 2-1-1 Child Care website, which allows you to search for camps in your area and filter the results based on multiple criteria.

Or just call 2-1-1 and select option 2 to be connected to a child care referral specialist who can help you identify camps that meet your needs.  

To learn more, read the 2-1-1 Child Care informational guide to summer camps, or call 2-1-1.

Volunteer Budget Coaching Program

Learn how to take control of your personal finances by enrolling in the volunteer budget coaching program offered by United Way, CT Women's Education and Legal Fund, and Women's Business Development Council.


Participants in this six-month program will work one-on-one with a coach to create a budget, set spending and saving goals, and learn about helpful resources in their community.


Program enrollment is ongoing from now through May 1st. For additional information click here to download the flyer.  To apply, contact Denise Poventud at or (860) 247-6090 ext. 100.

The mission of United Way of Connecticut is to help meet the needs of Connecticut and its residents by providing information, education and connection to services.

For more information, contact us at


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