Who We Are

The Connecticut Children’s Collective is a network of local partnerships creating positive outcomes for Connecticut’s children and families. Only by working together can we identify the local needs of children, provide outreach to families, and improve local programs and services. Local leaders, parents, educators, and providers know best what works in their community, and working together can dramatically improve outcomes for all Connecticut’s children.

The Collective’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Connecticut Network for Children and Youth believes that working with families, communities, and schools has the power to connect people from every culture, race, socio-economic status, age, ability, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. These groups are the fabric of our communities and we are committed to offering programs, training, and resources that are representative and inclusive of all people. The Connecticut Network for Children and Youth celebrates its diversity and welcomes all who wish to work on improving the lives of children and families in Connecticut.

Content Accessibility Policy

The Connecticut Network for Children and Youth is committed to making our content accessible to all members of all communities. This continuous commitment means our training, resources, social media content, and programs are curated with best practices for accessibility to ensure that all can engage. Platforms and guidelines change frequently, and we will update our practices to comply. CTNCY will hold ourselves accountable to the following practices: 

  • Use plain language 
  • Use person-first language instead of ableist language
  • Use inclusive terms and phrases (avoid language that can perpetuate harmful stigmas)
  • Offer accessible social media descriptions (alt text)
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word in hashtags 
  • Include representation in your photos and videos 
  • Caption your video content 
  • Avoid using custom fonts in social media profiles and posts 
  • Use emojis in moderation 
  • Make graphics accessible for people with vision impairment 
  • Be careful placing text over images 
  • Create trigger warnings 
  • Review your accessible social media frequently 
  • Keep up to date on accessibility best practices 

If you see that something is missing from this list, please email us at [email protected].

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The Connecticut Children’s Collective is funded by the generous support from the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaboration, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, which was formed in 2011 by a group of 16 funders to provide input and support to the state’s early childhood system building efforts. In 2015, the Collaborative provided funding for this effort to explore options for strengthening the connections of local communities to one another and to the state in order to share information and best practices.


The Connecticut Children’s Collective is proud to work alongside our partnering state agencies equally committed to the health and well-being of Connecticut’s children and families.