Families, Children, Youth and Recreation

a photo depicting some of the services offered by the department including children at play

The mission of the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation is to ensure the well-being and success of all Hartford families. The department works toward that goal by promoting and providing high-quality early childhood education, youth development, workforce development, recreation, and other related programs. Getting and keeping young people on safe and productive paths is a core part of the City’s mission.

In an effort to support City residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are providing information on available resources and services. The directory will be updated regularly, so please check back often. For questions or assistance, please reach out to our DFCYR virtual Front Desk at 860.757.9595.

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Department Head

Kim Oliver-Director

Kimberly D. Oliver, MBA

A Yale University graduate with BA in Economics and MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Kim has professional experience in private and public sectors. She is active in several non-profit, community-based organizations, and nationally recognized for her work to improve the lives of children and families.

The goal of the Office for Early Learning is to provide day-to-day administrative leadership and serve as the lead entity to coordinate and implement Hartford’s early child learning and development initiative. The capacity of the Citywide system to provide high-quality early childhood experiences and family support services for young children and their families is consistently at the forefront of the Office. 

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The Office for Youth Services includes the Youth Service Bureau for the City of Hartford and its multi-pronged capacity-building initiatives. Mandated by Connecticut General Statue section 10-19m, a Youth Service Bureau (YSB) is an agency operated directly by one or more municipalities that is designed for planning, evaluation, coordination, and implementation of a network of resources and opportunities for children, youth, and their families. In addition, YSBs are responsible for the provision of services and programs for all youth to develop positively and to function as responsible members of their communities. 

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The Office for Recreation and Family Services provides opportunities for “playful learning and growing” to the Hartford community. The office offers hands-on learning opportunities that promote physical activity and health and provides reliable, consistent support when youth ask for help at the City’s community and school centers. 

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