Mission: To give the youngest children the best possible educational start.

Guiding Principles:

  • High quality early learning experiences are critical to a child’s long-term development and academic success.
  • All learning is based on relationships.
  • Respect and dignity are absolutes.
  • The child is a member of a larger system that includes family, school and community.
  • Supports and services should be sensitive to local contexts, cultures and expectations.
  • Community partnerships are essential for stronger collaboration.
  • Family development is central to positive child outcomes.
  • Secure attachments provide the base for learning.

Who We Serve:

  • Parents
  • Early Care and Education Programs (staff and leadership)
  • Family Child Care providers
  • Public schools K-3 (staff and leadership)


  • A collaborative plan is developed along a continuum of services that may include: coaching with staff, leadership, parents, or children or group presentations to small or large groups of staff and/or parents
  • ACES ECS accepts time specific or extended contracts throughout the calendar year, including summer months
  • Consultants collaborate with local partners, other program staff and consultants
  • ACES ECS supports:
    • All quality standards including Early Head Start, Head Start, NAEYC, and NEASC as vehicles for promoting best practice in early childhood
    • CT Early Learning and Development Standards and  CT School Readiness requirements
    • All regulatory requirements under the CT Office of Early Childhood, CT State Department of Public Heath, Department of Children and Families, Department of Social Services and Department of Education
    • Early Childhood Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI)
  • Grants, contracts, and individual program financing are options for funding the range of services identified