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2-1-1 Infoline is a public-private partnership between the CT United Way and the State of CT. You would not believe the breadth of services and resources that are available to you free as a CT resident just by picking up the phone and calling 211.
Callers can get professional assistance, referrals and information on how to deal with issues such as:
- financial problems
- domestic violence
- substance abuse
- suicide prevention
- protective services
The call center is trained to help assess your situation and find the community services in your area that can be of further help to you.
Information is also available for:
- child care services, including age groups served, programs with special needs experience, hours , fees,etc.
- nanny agency listings
- summer camps
- Head Start and School Readiness programs
- services for child care professionals, including training, workshops and information on First Aid/CPR, Accreditation programs, Administration of Medication courses, and more
- how to become a licensed child care provider
- support services for relatives who are caregivers
- volunteer opportunities
At some point you or a family member are bound to encounter a problem or situation that seems overwhelming because you don't know where or how to get started with information gathering to address or solve it. No matter your problem, concern or issue, calling the 211 Infoline is a great place to start, as they can help identify additional resources and information that is available to you.
It's free, so there's no reason not to reach and out and give them a ring. They are open 24/7, 365 days per year. They have staff who speak various languages, and they are equipped to communicate with the hearing impaired.
Their website has some resources worth exploring as well.