Educational Support Services


In partnership with the Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division, The Children's Community Programs of CT provides educational advocacy and legal consultation to youth referred by Connecticut Juvenile Probation offices.

In consultation with Juvenile Probation, our Program Manager and Educational Advocates review the educational needs of each youth referred for services, and provide advocacy and representation on their behalf.

Amy Vatner, JD.

Program Manager

(203) 494-4290


Provide consultation to Juvenile Probation Officers to determine the educational needs and the appropriate course of action on behalf of individual children referred to the court for delinquent or status offending behaviors.

On a case-by-case basis, we will assess the educational needs of court-involved children. Of the children referred, we will triage their needs and match an individual(s) with proper background and credentials to match the case. This individual will advise parents, probation officers, and other court staff about educational rights of children and youth in Connecticut.  



  • Advocate for services for a child's specialized needs.

  • Participate in PPT and/or 504 meetings for court-involved children referred by juvenile probation officers in cooperation with the legal guardian and monitor the implementation of IEPs that may result.

  • Provide training to court personnel and detention staff on educational issues, identification of disabilities, special education regulations and procedures, appropriate services and interventions, and advocacy strategies for improved educational outcomes. 

We believe that effectively identifying  and addressing  the educational needs of court involved children will improve pro-social behaviors and reduce recidivism.  In addition to working with the individual students, our program assists in promoting more effective and appropriate policies, and responses and accommodations for children with disabilities in the education and juvenile justice systems


Use this form to contact staff in the Educational Support Services program only.


If you would like to contact someone in a different program, please visit that program's page or our Staff List.

The Children's Community Programs of Connecticut

446A Blake Street

Suite 100

New Haven, CT 06515


phone: (203) 786-6403

fax: (203) 786-6408