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    Weekly News November 4, 2019

    Don't Forget to Vote!

    We're a year away from the next presidential election, but Tuesday, November 5, 2019 is important on the local side. All across the state, residents will head to the polls to vote for mayors, town council and board of education members, and other municipal board positions. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. across the state. If you are in line at 8 p.m., you can vote. Connecticut also allows for Election Day Registration - check with your local registrar of voters office for more information. Election information can be found on the Secretary of State's Office website HERE

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    Weekly News October 28, 2019

    DCF Meeting Planned for November 6

    CERCLE will be convening another meeting with DCF to discuss DCF's payment process to child care providers, on Wednesday, November 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (CONNCAT), 4 Science Park, New Haven. Cindy Butterfield, DCF's fiscal manager, as well as other representatives from DCF, will be in attendance. Come with questions, concerns, and bring any unpaid invoices you may have. Space is limited. Spanish translation is available. RSVP HERE.

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    Weekly News October 15, 2019

    Alliance Election - November

    We had anticipated our Alliance officer and steering committee elections taking place at our October meeting, but many of our regular attendees were not there or had to leave early, due to another meeting. We accepted names for several members to be considered. We anticipate electing new officers and steering committee members at our November. If you plan to vote, please make sure you have paid your membership dues to the Alliance. If you're not sure if your membership has been paid, please contact Merrill (merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com) or Jessica (jessica@earlychildhoodalliance.com) to check.

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    Weekly News October 7, 2019

    Report: Early Childhood Programs More Segregated Than K-12

    The Urban Institute, a DC-based think tank, has released a new report that finds early childhood programs, particularly home-based care, are more segregated than the K-12 system.

    In an article that ran on The Hechinger Report, the Urban Institute found that early learning programs are more than twice as likely to be nearly 100% black or Hispanic, compared to a kindergarten or first-grade classroom. According to the study, this segregation can have long-term impacts on children and can "lead to missed opportunities for contact and kinship during a critical point in child development." 

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    Weekly News, September 23, 2019

    BREAKING NEWS: OEC to Extend Fingerprint Processing Fee Deadline to December 31

    Commissioner Bye and the Office of Early Childhood announced that OEC will extend coverage of these fees through the end of calendar year 2019, or until those allocated funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.

    Background check applications that are due through December 31, 2020 will be accepted during this period of OEC payments.  Applications that are not due until January 2021 or after will be returned to sender.

    La Comisionado Bye y la OEC se complacen en anunciar que la OEC extenderá la cobertura de estas tarifas hasta el final del año 2019, o hasta que se agoten los fondos asignados, lo que ocurra primero.

    Las solicitudes para verificaciones de antecedentes que se vencen el 31 de diciembre del 2020 serán aceptadas durante este período de pagos de la OEC. Las solicitudes que no se vencen hasta enero del 2021 o después serán devueltas al remitente.

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    Weekly News September 16, 2019

    Reminder: Invoices are Due!

    Just a reminder, membership invoices must be paid in order to vote for Alliance officers and steering committee members at our October meeting.

    Membership invoices were sent out in August. If you have been a member organization and did not receive one, please email Merrill Gay at merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com to let him know. If you are not a member organization, but would like to be one, you can become a member.

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    Weekly News September 9, 2019

    Membership Invoices Sent Out

    CT Early Childhood Alliance membership invoices have all been sent out. If you have been a member organization and did not receive one, please email Merrill Gay at merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com to let him know. If you are not a member organization, but would like to be one, you can become a member. What does membership give you? A louder, collective voice at the State Capitol, monthly membership meetings that offer valuable information and guest speakers, a vote for the Alliance officers and steering committee at our October meeting, weekly email updates, and more.  

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    Weekly News August 26, 2019

    CERCLE to Host Mayoral Primary Forum

    If you live or work in New Haven, you might be interested in an upcoming mayoral primary forum, featuring the two Democratic candidates - Mayor Toni Harp and Democratic challenger, Justin Elicker. The conversation for the evening will focus on the future of early childhood care and education for New Haven's children and families of color.

    The event will take place on Wednesday, August 28, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at All Our Kin, 414A Chapel Street, New Haven. Light refreshments will be served and Spanish translation is available. Child care will be provided at Hope Child Development Center at 81 Olive Street in New Haven. Space is limited. To RSVP, please call 203-865-4673 by Tuesday, August 27. 

    The event is hosted by CERCLE, in partnership with HOPE for New Haven, All Our Kin, CT Early Childhood Alliance, and CSEA-SEIU Local 2001.

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    Weekly News August 12, 2019

    3.1 Million People Could Lose SNAP

    Last week, the Trump administration published a new proposed rule targeting women, children, and families in need. This time the administration wants to bypass Congress and cut billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by restricting broad-based categorical eligibility, a flexibility the majority of states use to extend SNAP to working families with incomes just over the income eligibility cut-off, who often have significant expenses like child care and housing. This threatens SNAP benefits for over 3 million people. It also jeopardizes access to free school meals for hundreds of thousands of children.  

    You can submit comments to the government's Regulations page. There are currently 1,000 public comments. Let's add to it and make our voices heard. Here is a comment template that you can customize. The deadline to submit comments is Monday, September 23. According to The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Connecticut is one of 40 states that uses broad-based categorical eligibility. 

    Further resources can be found HERE.                 

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    Weekly News August 5, 2019

    We Need YOU to Contact Senator Murphy on Wednesday!

    Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) needs to hear from YOU! Call and tweet to urge his support of AT LEAST $2.4 billion for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which helps pay for Care4Kids. Senator Murphy is a member of an important Senate Committee (HELP Committee), which decides on budget allocations for child care. We need to make sure the Senate's appropriations bill meets or exceeds the U.S. House appropriation for CCDBG.

    Please CALL and TWEET Senator Murphy on Wednesday, August 7. His office phone number is 860-549-8463.

    Sample script (when the staff answers): "Hi,my name is _______ and I live in _______. I have a son/daughter in child care. I'm calling to urge Senator Murphy to support an increase in CCDBG funds by AT LEAST $2.4 billion and Head Start funds by at least $1.5 billion. Thank you."

    TWEET Senator Murphy at @ChrisMurphyCT

    Sample tweets:

    Increased CCDBG funding has allowed Connecticut to improve & expand child care services. Let’s build on that success! @ChrisMurphyCT #FundChildCare

    CCDBG funds have improved child care access, but many families still can’t afford the quality care they need. @ChrisMurphyCT, please support increased CCDBG funding! #FundChildCare

    .@ChrisMurphyCT, we are counting on you to prioritize increased funding for child care in this year’s appropriations bill! #FundChildCare 

    If you if have a Twitter account, but don't use it much, you can re-tweet and like other pertinent posts using the #FundChildCare hashtag. Or, search for us at @CTECA and retweet our tweets.   

    PROVIDERS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK WITH PARENTS - Please consider printing our fliers (full page HERE and two-to-a-page HERE) to hand out to your parents to make the calls and send out tweets.

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