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    Weekly News - September 17, 2018

    Gubernatorial Forum Planned for October 3

    Seating at CCSU’s Memorial Hall is limited so RSVP now. Find out where the candidates for governor stand on early childhood and family economic success issues. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments. The forum kicks off at 6 p.m. Each candidate will take questions for 30-45 minutes. Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie will moderate and there will be a panel of an early childhood leaders. Wear your "We Vote for Kids" t-shirts if you have them! 

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    weekly news - September 10, 2018

    Let's Vote for Kids!

    It's go time! "We Vote for Kids" is off and running! What is "We Vote for Kids?" It's the CT Early Childhood Alliance's non-partisan campaign to raise early childhood issues in the election. It has two components: candidate education and voter engagement. As a non-profit organization, the Alliance cannot endorse candidates. We are asking people to Pledge to Vote with kids in mind on November 6. We are also asking the candidates for governor down to state representatives where they stand on early childhood issues through a questionnaire that we will share with you, so you can make informed decisions.

    September 25 is National Voter Registration Day. We would love to use this day to engage as many people as we can around voting. We are particularly looking for people connected to child care centers to ask parents to take the pledge and make sure they are registered to vote at their current address.

    If you would be willing to host a registration drive at your early childhood center, we can supply you with "We Vote for Kids" tee-shirts, stickers and signs. We are trying to do as much of the Pledge to Vote online, but we'll supply some back-up paper pledge cards and of course, voter registration materials. If you are interested, please fill out THIS FORM. Please do so ASAP so we can get the materials to you in time.

    Short videos like this (click the screenshot to see the video) are key to spreading the word through social media. We would love to share short videos of cute kids saying, "I'm too little to vote, but you can," or having adults talk about why it's so important to vote with children's issues in mind. Have a cute kid? Want some hints on making them a "star?" Contact Jessica at jessica@earlychildhoodalliance.com. When sharing a video on Facebook or other social media, please include "Take the Pledge to vote at www.wevoteforkids.org," and use the hashtag #WeVoteForKids so we can find it and set your privacy setting on that particular video to "public" so we can share it, too.

    Have you checked to see if your registration is up-to-date? Use the Secretary of State's tool to check to see if you are registered to vote.

    You can register to vote online.

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    weekly news - August 27, 2018

    November Races Set - Let's Vote for Kids!

    You haven't heard from us since right before the primary (taking much-needed summer vacations), so in case you missed it, candidates have been chosen for the major parties. Ned Lamont and his running mate Susan Bysiewicz will be facing off with Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley for Governor and Lt. Governor, respectively. Also of interest, CT's Fifth Congressional seat is open, with Rep. Esty's departure. Former National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes will run against former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos. Over the weekend, the Independent Party endorsed its candidates, cross-endorsing the candidates endorsed by the GOP. Independent candidate for governor Oz Griebel and his running mate Monte Frank, have met the petition threshold and will be on the ballot in November.

    As a non-profit organization, the Alliance cannot endorse candidates, however, in the coming months, we are asking individuals to pledge to vote on November 6 through our pledge to vote for kids, and asking the candidates for governor where they stand on early childhood issues through a questionnaire that we will share with you, so you can make informed decisions. If you haven't registered to vote yet, you can do so HERE.

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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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