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    Weekly News - November 26, 2018

    Alliance Meeting Features Presentation on QRIS Plan

    On Thursday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the CT Early Childhood Alliance will hold its monthly meeting at Graustein Memorial Fund in Hamden. Our guest presenter will be Michelle Levy from the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to talk about the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) plan. Non-members are allowed to attend two meetings of the Alliance before considering membership. If you would like to attend the December meeting and see what the Alliance is about, please RSVP HERE. Please be ready to start at 9 a.m., as we need to be out of the meeting room promptly at 11 a.m.

    The Alliance Steering Committee will meet following the regular meeting.

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    Weekly News - November 5, 2018

    Today's the Day! Don't Forget to Vote Tuesday, November 6!

    Today is Election Day 2018! Please remember to vote! Make your voice, make your vote, count. Polls are open until 8 p.m. across the state. If you didn't get the chance to register, you can still do same-day registration at a designated location in your city or town. To find your same-day registration location, click HERE. If you are registered, but unsure where to vote, you can check your polling station HERE.

    Please keep children and families in mind when you vote today. The Alliance cannot endorse candidates or political parties, but you can consider candidates who will support essential services for families who need them, candidates who support expanding access to preschool, and candidates who will work to make childcare more affordable. Kids can't vote, so we have to!

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    Weekly News - October 29, 2018

    CT Mirror Article Addresses Delay in CT's QRIS System

    On October 22, the CT Mirror published an article on the current status of the state's Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care providers, as well as a compiled database of state child care programs for parents to review as they seek child care for their children. Remember, another valuable asset in seeking child care is by calling 2-1-1 Child Care. They can assist as well.

    ACA Open Enrollment Begins November 1

    You may have started seeing the TV commercials - the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period through Access Health CT begins on November 1. But with the shortest window of time to sign up for insurance since the ACA became law (until December 15), Access Health CT is allowing consumers to begin "window shopping" prior to the start of enrollment. To learn more, click to the C-HIT story. Remember, CT does not use the national exchange - insurance is obtained here through Access Health CT. More plan information, assistance and renewal can be done at www.AccessHealthCT.com

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    Weekly News - October 15, 2018

    Three Weeks Left!

    Election Day 2018 is just three weeks away! If you haven't registered to vote yet, you can do so online (if you have an ID issued by the DMV), mail in a voter registration form to your town hall (must be postmarked by October 30) or register in person at your town hall on Election Day (although preferred that you register before the October 30 deadline). You can also check to see if you're registered HERE. The Secretary of State's office also offers a wealth of voter information, including information for first-time voters.

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    Weekly News - October 9, 2018

    Thank you for Attending the Forum!

     

      

    Thank you to everyone who attended the gubernatorial candidate forum at CCSU on October 3! We had a great turnout! We hope it was helpful in informing your decisions for the midterm elections. Two of the three main candidates were in attendance and answered questions on topics such as early childhood, family issues, education, affordable housing, etc. If you missed the forum, you can watch it in its entirety on CT-N.

    The forum had some good press coverage, including CT NewsJunkie, New Britain Herald, CT-N, Univision and WFSB.

    Remember, if you haven't registered to vote yet, you can do so online (if you have an ID issued by the DMV), mail in a voter registration form to your town hall (must be postmarked by October 30) or register in person at your town hall on Election Day (although preferred that you register before the October 30 deadline). You can also check to see if you're registered HERE. The Secretary of State's office also offers a wealth of voter information, including information for first-time voters.

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    Weekly News - October 1, 2018

    Time and Tickets are Running Out for the Gubernatorial Forum!

    We have just a few days left until the gubernatorial forum and seats are becoming extremely scarce! RSVP now. Find out where the candidates (confirmed: Lamont and Griebel) for governor stand on early childhood and family economic success issues. The event is October 3 at CCSU's Memorial Hall Constitution Room and 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 early childhood leaders. Wear your "We Vote for Kids" t-shirts if you have them! 

    Click on the screenshot to see the video associated with the event!

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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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