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 (From left to right:  Joyce Bosco, Karen Hartenstein, Elena Trueworthy, Kandianna Valiotis, and Richard Sussman)


Our Staff

Our dedicated staff are passionate about fostering an inclusive, supportive and united network of professionals committed to a vibrant early childhood system throughout the Greater Hartford region.
We encourage you to reach out and contact us to add your voice and insights. Your engagement keeps us informed of the wants and needs of the early childhood field, allowing us to better support you and provide enhanced opportunities for cross-sector learning, sharing, and dialogue.

For more information or to get connected, contact by calling (860) 548-1888 or by email:

  • Richard Sussman, Director;   
  • Elena Trueworthy, Associate Director;
  • Karen Hartenstein, Operations Manager;
  • Kandianna Valiotis, ECI Associate;
  • Joyce Bosco, Family and Community Engagement Specialist;

Every opportunity starts with a conversation.


    Our team works to align services, practices, policies, and resources at the local, regional, and state levels. Commitment, care, and support for children and families must happen at all of these levels in order to build and sustain a quality early childhood system.

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    10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th Floor, Hartford CT 06106 | 860-548-1888

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