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    Weekly News - August 13, 2018

    BUILD Initiative Offers Infant/Toddler Webinars

    The BUILD Initiative will be offering several webinars in August surrounding infant and toddler care. The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) offers an opportunity to improve access to, and quality of, child care for infants, toddlers, their families, and the teachers and programs that work for them. Through funding and project support, BUILD is partnering with ZERO to THREE and CLASP for a series of webinars for state policy leaders, decision makers, and advocates. Even if you can't attend each, register anyway - you will receive the archive in your email.

    Monday, August 13, 2 p.m. - Equality Right from the Start: Addressing Access to Quality for Infants and Toddlers

    Monday, August 27, 2 p.m. - Seize the Day for Babies! Child Care Assistance Opportunities for Infants, Toddlers, and the Providers Who Love Them (Part 1)

    More information can also be found HERE.

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    Weekly News - August 6, 2018

    Got a Cute Baby? Want to Help the Alliance?

    Crowdsourcing time! The Alliance is seeking video clips of cute babies - your babies! The babies (or toddlers) can be playing, interacting with you, playing with a sibling, eating - anything, really. We would like to compile all the videos we receive into a video to help with our ongoing fundraising efforts, both by email and on social media. If you have a clip (30 seconds or less) you would like to send, please contact Jessica at jessica@earlychildhoodalliance.com and she will help arrange the clip "delivery."

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    Weekly News - July 30, 2018

    Unaffiliated Voters: Register With a Party if You Want to Vote August 14!

    August 8th deadline to register online to vote in the primary election. Both major parties will hold primary elections on Tuesday August 14th to choose candidates for Governor and other constitutional offices as well as candidates for the state legislature in some districts. Only voters registered with a party can vote in the primary election. You can check to see if you are registered to vote and whether you selected a party here. To change your registration so that you can vote in the primary click here. In step 2 select change registration then check the party enrollment change. You can change from unaffiliated to a party up until 5 days before the primary. However, if you were registered with a party, the deadline to change your registration to vote in a different party’s primary was in May. Remember, kids can’t vote, so we have to vote for them.

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    Weekly News - July 23, 2018

    The End of an Era...

    It's bittersweet to announce this news. Samantha Dynowski, who has been the glue of the CT Early 

    Childhood Alliance for the past 10 years, has taken a new position as State Director of the CT Chapter of the Sierra Club. Sam joined the Alliance in 2008, and has seen the organization through four executive director changes, an office move, and many legislative victories through the years. Sam's last day at the Alliance is July 27. We wish Sam the best in this new endeavor, but we will miss her so very much. Thank you for devoting so much time and effort to Connecticut's young children, Sam.

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    Weekly News - July 16, 2018

    Thanks for Coming to Southington!

    Thank you to everyone who came to Southington last Thursday night, enjoyed good company and good food, and learned more 

    about the Alliance, while raising some money for its future. It was a beautiful night weather-wise, and Mark and Janet Alfano were amazing hosts at their beautiful home. If you couldn't make Thursday night, but would like to support the Alliance's efforts to stand for Connecticut's young children, you can click HERE.

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    Weekly News - July 9, 2018

    THIS WEEK! Join Us at the Southington House Party!

    We're counting down the minutes to the Alliance House Party Fundraising Event on Thursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. in Southington! Will we see you there? There's still time to RSVP. Tickets can be purchased HERE or at the door. Invite a friend! If you can't attend, but would like to support the Alliance's efforts to stand for Connecticut's young children, you can click HERE.

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    Weekly News - July 2, 2018

    SNAP UPDATE

    Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill (which includes SNAP) with a bi-partisan vote of 86-11. Both CT senators voted in favor of the Farm Bill. Many harmful amendments were filed for the bill, but ultimately, only one amendment came up for a vote and was tabled, essentially rejecting the amendment. Both Senators Blumenthal and Murphy voted in favor of tabling the amendment as well. The Senate bill protects SNAP benefit levels and eligibility. The U.S. House bill, which passed the week prior in a more partisan fashion, seeks to put stricter work requirements in place. The next step is a conference negotiation for the House and Senate-passed versions of the bills. More information will be coming out regarding conference negotiations and what we can do to get more of the Senate version represented, but for now, please take the time to thank Senators Blumenthal and Murphy. Thank them for supporting the Farm Bill and for voting to reject the amendment to the bill. 

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    Weekly News - June 11, 2018

    Continuing Education Scholarships Available

    If you're an early childhood educator looking to further your education, the CT Office of Early Childhood has its scholarship registration open at this time. The OEC is tentatively covering requests to March 1, 2019. More information is available through the CT OEC Early Childhood Professional Registry. You must have a registry account to apply. More information is available at "Scholarship At-A-Glance."

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    Weekl News - May 28, 2018

    Deadline Extended on CCDF Plan Feedback to 5/31

    The Office of Early Childhood has released the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan. Note that CT’s Care 4 Kids child care subsidy program is supported through CCDF funding. The three-year plan must be submitted to the federal Office of Child Care near the end of June 2018. On May 6, the OEC presented on the CCDF State Plan. Here is the PowerPoint presentation. The actual plan can be found HERE. The OEC is asking for feedback and input from families, providers and other stakeholders. The Alliance summarized the plan, which is about 170 pages long. The Alliance has its official comments HERE. The public may submit feedback electronically through an online survey tool.

    Online Survey Tool:
    Feedback may be submitted electronically through the online survey tool. It is recommended that users review the plan prior to completing the online tool. The online survey tool will be available through May 31, 2018.

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    Weekly News - May 21, 2018

    UPDATED: CCDF Plan Released; Feedback Due by May 31

    The Office of Early Childhood has released the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan. Note that CT’s Care 4 Kids child care subsidy program is supported through CCDF funding. The three-year plan must be submitted to the federal Office of Child Care near the end of June 2018. On May 6, the OEC presented on the CCDF State Plan. Here is the PowerPoint presentation. The actual plan can be found HERE. The OEC is asking for feedback and input from families, providers and other stakeholders. The Alliance summarized the plan, which is about 170 pages long. The Alliance has its official comments HERE. The public may submit feedback electronically through an online survey tool.

    Online Survey Tool:
    Feedback may be submitted electronically through the online survey tool. It is recommended that users review the plan prior to completing the online tool. The online survey tool will be available through May 31, 2018.

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