Speaker

Beth Bye
Commissioner, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

Beth Bye was appointed as Commissioner for the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood by Governor Ned Lamont in January 2019.

Bye, who served in the Senate from 2011 to the present and in the House from 2007 through 2010, will lead an office created in 2013 to coordinate and enhance various early childhood development programs and create a cohesive early care system.

In 2013, Senator Bye led the effort to create The Office of Early Childhood (OEC), one of the first such offices in the country.  Her work as champion for the creation of the office is informed by her own, long-term experience since 1980 as an early childhood professional.

Beth’s experience includes leadership positions at Auerfarm/Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School, Great by 8, a community partnership to support optimal health and educational outcomes for children ages birth to eight, the Capitol Region Education Council where she supervised its birth-to-three program, and also helped to open two early childhood magnet schools.  Earlier in her career, Beth was the director at both the Trinity College Community Child Center and the University of St. Joseph School for Young Children, which was named a State of Connecticut model pre-school.

Commissioner Bye received her BA and MA in Child Development from the University of New Hampshire.