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    Tri-Weekly Zoom Calls

    CT Early Childhood Alliance, CT Association for Human Services (CAHS), Middlesex Coalition for Children and CSEA-SEIU are hosting tri-weekly Zoom calls Monday & Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (the evening call is more focused on family child care). The Zoom registration link is https://zoom.us/s/97259552075

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    ACTION ALERT COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE FOR CHILDCARE

    We're hearing some disturbing news out of DC. It seems that there may not be enough money in the COVID-19 4th package to support childcare as the country "reopens."

    Call or email your Congressional Representative.....Even if you already did last week! Please make sure you thank those such as Rosa DeLauro and Johanna Hayes for all they are doing, but make sure you follow with the message that without funding our industry will be decimated! There is language below, a script that you can follow. Don't feel you need to read as written. Just use parts of it in your own words, or simply tell your story. Make sure you tell them you are from their district!

    Rep. John Larson (1st District, CT) CT Office Contact: Lisa Perrone – Lisa.Perrone@mail.house.gov 202-225-2265

    FB: @Rep.JohnLarson

    Twitter: @RepJohnLarson

    Rep. Joe Courtney (2nd District, CT) CT Office Contact: Emma King – emma.king@mail.house.gov 202-225-2076

    FB: @joecourtney

    Twitter: @RepJoeCourtney

    Rep. Rosa DeLauro (3rd District, CT) CT Office Contact -
    Leticia Mederos leticia.mederos@mail.house.gov 202-225-3661

    FB: @CongresswomanRosaDeLauro

    Twitter: @rosadelauro

    Rep. Jim Himes (4th District, CT) CT Office Contact: Sabina Dirienzo Sabina.Dirienzo@mail.house.gov & Will Haskell - will.haskell@mail.house.gov 202-225-5541

    FB: @RepJimHimes

    Twitter: @jahimes

    Rep. Johana Hayes (5th District, CT) CT Office Contact:Madeline Daly, madeline.daly@mail.house.gov 202-225-4476

    FB: @RepJahanaHayes

    Twitter: @RepJahanaHayes

     

    Use this as a script or as a base for a script when you contact your MOC:

    Right now, we’re hearing that the funding our child care system needs will be left out of the next COVID-19 relief legislation YET AGAIN.

    Women are at the center of this crisis now - they are 93% of child care workers, losing income or their jobs entirely or serving as a key part of our public health infrastructure. Women are the providers trying to make ends meet as small business owners without revenue coming in; and mothers are serving on the front lines of this crisis in low-paid jobs and taking on the bulk of caregiving at home.

    Recent analysis from NWLC and other partners shows that at least $9.6 billion each month is needed just to keep our system afloat. But so far, Congress has only allocated $3.5 billion in total to the entire child care sector.

    If Congress doesn’t act, we may not have a child care system to return to - and women, especially women of color, will suffer the most as a result. Without child care, women will be the ones who have to take on caregiving and are unable to return to work or school. Hundreds of thousands of women- and minority-owned businesses will close their doors. And women who are child care workers will lose their jobs and income.

     

    Join us in calling for Congress to include at least $50 billion in funding dedicated to child care in the next COVID-19 legislative package.

    Your phone call to your representative will take just a minute, but it could help save the work and industry that makes our entire country run. Please call now.

    Take action link: https://on.nwlc.org/3cpEChT

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    Weekly News, April 20, 2020

    April 20th Updates

    We're checking in with a few updates, as we continue with the COVID-19 quarantine. 

    Federal Update from Liz Fraser (CAHS)

    Payroll Protection Plan or PPP as of April 16, has run out of money. We are not sure what this means for those who have applied but have not yet been approved, or for those who have been approved but have not received funding. 

    Meanwhile, Congress is working to put another $250 billion dollars into this program. However, there has been a hold up. Democrats are trying to make sure that small and micro businesses can access and benefit from the PPP by insuring a portion of the money is designated for the small businesses that were not able to access the first round of funding.

    BUT there are many others who want the same rules and program as before, without these modifications.

    While it is difficult, we must make sure that they pass a fair bill. It will not do us any good to have it pass quickly if you all can’t access the funding. 

    Please know our CT delegation is really trying to do the right thing!

    WE NEED YOUR HELP - You can send a letter to your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative. The letter template can be downloaded HERE. Please personalize the letter, then copy and paste it into the “Contact me” form on the websites of Senators Murphy and Blumenthal and your Member of Congress’s website. You can look up your Representatives HERE

    UPCOMING CALLS:

    • Tuesday 4-21-20 12 noon

    CWEALF is hosting a Zoom event with Congresswoman DeLauro on women's economic security & COVID-19 on Tuesday, 4/21 at noon.

    Registration here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_U03RrGB-T92OokMjgIfXoQ. They plan on specifically discussing PFML, paid sick leave, and UI provisions in the new federal laws, as well as what is still needed in the 4th relief package.

    If you have questions you can write them in the registration form or let Liz know and she will get them to CWEALF

    • Wednesday 4-22-20 9:30am Zoom Call -Woman’s Business Development Center WBDC link

    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtduCprT8rgSbM09jin78OzLhArHruXA

    They can help you with your business planning including: what loans are available, how to apply, where are other resources. Bring your questions.

    HEDCO loan questions are welcome! What is HEDCO? These are up to $10,000 lines of credit that can be forgiven. This can help in the short term waiting for PPP funds. Check out the link

    CT Cares for Kids

    • If you are taking care of essential workers kids, you can receive extra compensation for employees. 
    • Module for reporting information is live!Try out the portal  and see what you will need for weekly reports.
    • If you have not done so already, and have first responder children attending your program, call 211 to update your status as open.
    • CT Cares for Kids link

    Unemployment - DOL expects to have their online system to accept applications from self-employed people (family childcare) on Thursday, April 30th. DOL asks that self-employed people not apply until then. Self- employed people can claim full or partial unemployment and still receive the $600 per week federal supplement.  Self-employed people will be able to claim retroactively to the date that they lost income.

    Supplies - OEC has received a shipment of cleaning supplies that are being distributed regionally for child care programs that are open and serving children can pick up by appointment.  Providers who have notified OEC that they are open should have gotten a message about this.  If you are open but haven't heard from OEC about supplies, contact  211.

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    URGENT Congressional Request

    Contact Your Members of Congress NOW!

    (From First Five Years Fund) We need your help to ensure the child care industry receives the crucial support it needs to survive the mounting economic crisis.

    Across the country, businesses and families are grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Congress considers a far-reaching economic stimulus package in response to this crisis, click here to contact your lawmakers in Washington and urge them to include robust support for the industry that makes it possible for millions of working parents to go to work each day: child care.

    The nation is facing months of uncertainty and the potential for extended business closures due to the growing crisis. The strain being placed on our child care providers, who are already operating on razor thin margins, could force many out them of business permanently.

    At the same time, as businesses and schools are being told to close their doors to limit the spread of this deadly coronavirus, countless workers on the front lines of battling this pandemic are still relying on child care to be able to show up to work and keep our country running. 

    Congress needs to hear from as many people as possible that the child care industry requires substantial assistance in the upcoming economic recovery package.

    Click here to contact your lawmakers now.

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    Weekly News March 16, 2020

    Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates & Information

    We are in unprecedented and uncertain times. The Alliance will share information as it becomes available from the CDC, Office of Early Childhood, and Governor Lamont's Office. Information is moving fast - we will keep the memos concise and offer as many resources as we have at our disposal.

    The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has been issuing memos (memos can be found HERE) since March 12 regarding the fast-moving situation. Child care centers are not being told to close at this time. Two new memos have been released from the OEC - Memo 6 and a memo regarding Birth to Three and Home Visiting

    One of Governor Lamont's Executive Orders waives certain licensing and other requirements to maintain and increase availability of child care. The OEC has issued a new memo (Memo 7) to describe these waivers further.

    Here is a Survey Monkey LINK from 2-1-1 Child Care to track child care opening/closure status during COVID-19. 

    There is also a link available to a NAEYC survey regarding child care challenges, including financial hardships programs may be facing. This survey is gathering information to share with Congress, the media, and state policymakers. 

    Tonight (3/16) at 6:45 p.m., CSEA-SEIU and All Our Kin will be hosting a phone call primarily for family child care providers in regards to Care4Kids payments, but OEC Commissioner Beth Bye will join for a Q&A. The call is at 6:45 p.m. and YOU will receive a call at that time to join the call. The link to register is HERE.  

    Finally, the White House is now recommending that people avoid gathering in groups of more than ten people. 

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    Weekly News March 9, 2020

    Bills Update

    The following have reported out of committee

    HB 5220 An Act Expanding Care4Kids to Parents Participating in Even Start or in Certain Secondary Education Programs 

    HB 5222 An Act Expanding Eligibility in the Care4Kids Program for Homeless Families

    HB5213 An Act Concerning the Creation of a Pilot Program for an Early Childhood Business Incubator Model

    HB5121 An Act Concerning Certain Protections for Group and Family Child Care Homes

    SB282 An Act Establishing a Tax Credit for Employers That Make Payments Toward Child Care Costs of Employees

    HB5336 An Act Requiring Background Checks for Certain Employees of Licensed Youth Camps

    SB87 An Act Concerning Eligibility for the Office of Early Childhood’s Child Care Subsidy Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

    SB227 Act Concerning a Fair Work Week Schedule

    We are also concerned about:

    HB5439 (section 4) which would change the elementary education certificate back to K-6 and thus making the Early Education preK – 3 cert much less attractive to prospective teachers

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    FACT SHEETS for Education Committee Hearing

    Here is a list of bills to be heard on Friday, March 6, before the Education Committee in Room 1E (10 a.m. start, but we anticipate afternoon testimony). Several of the bills listed below have fact sheets associated with them.

    Written testimony should be sent to Edtestimony@cga.ct.gov by 3pm on Thursday.  If you would like to testify in person on Friday, it probably won't be until the afternoon or evening.  If you would like us to sign you up to testify in person, email Merrrill at merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com. The following early childhood bills will be heard on Friday.

    H.B. No. 5218 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD.

    H.B. No. 5216 (RAISED) AN ACT ELIMINATING THE LICENSURE EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING CHILD CARE SERVICES.

    H.B. No. 5220 (RAISED) AN ACT EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY IN THE CARE4KIDS PROGRAM TO PARENTS PARTICIPATING IN AN EVEN START PROGRAM OR ENROLLED IN CERTAIN SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAMS. FACT SHEET

    H.B. No. 5222 (RAISED) AN ACT EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY IN THE CARE4KIDS PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES. FACT SHEET

    H.B. No. 5379 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION OF SLOTS FOR STATE-FUNDED CHILD CARE CENTERS.

    H.B. No. 5213 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A PILOT PROGRAM FOR AN EARLY CHILDHOOD BUSINESS INCUBATOR MODEL. INCUBATOR FACT SHEET

    If you'd like us to sign you up to testify on Friday or would like more information on how to testify, email Merrill at merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com

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    Weekly News March 3, 2020

    Testimony Needed by 3 p.m. Thursday!

    The Education Committee's Public Hearing has been scheduled to Friday, March 6, starting at 10 a.m., in Room 1E. Written testimony should be sent to Edtestimony@cga.ct.gov by 3pm on Thursday!  If you would like to testify in person it probably won't be until the afternoon or evening.  If you would like us to sign you up to testify in person, email Merrrill at merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com. The following early childhood bills will be heard on Friday.

    H.B. No. 5218 (RAISED) AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD.

    H.B. No. 5216 (RAISED) AN ACT ELIMINATING THE LICENSURE EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING CHILD CARE SERVICES.

    H.B. No. 5220 (RAISED) AN ACT EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY IN THE CARE4KIDS PROGRAM TO PARENTS PARTICIPATING IN AN EVEN START PROGRAM OR ENROLLED IN CERTAIN SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAMS. FACT SHEET

    H.B. No. 5222 (RAISED) AN ACT EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY IN THE CARE4KIDS PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES. FACT SHEET

    H.B. No. 5379 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION OF SLOTS FOR STATE-FUNDED CHILD CARE CENTERS.

    H.B. No. 5213 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF A PILOT PROGRAM FOR AN EARLY CHILDHOOD BUSINESS INCUBATOR MODEL. INCUBATOR FACT SHEET

    If you'd like us to sign you up to testify on Friday or would like more information on how to testify, email Merrill at merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com

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    Weekly News February 24, 2020

    ED Committee Public Hearing Date Changed to 3/6

    The Education Committee's Public Hearing has been scheduled to Friday, March 6, starting at 10 a.m., in Room 1E. While we don't have the agenda yet, we expect these bills to be heard.

    • Childcare Business Incubator Bill (HB 5213) FACT SHEET
    • Care4Kids eligibility (HB 5220) for parents in EvenStart or school for the high demand occupations of nursing, manufacturing and teaching (including ECE)
    • HB 5222, which would provide a 90 day job search for families living in a homeless shelter for more than 2 weeks.

    If you'd like us to sign you up to testify on Friday or would like more information on how to testify, email Merrill @merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com.

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    Weekly News February 18, 2020

    Education Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Bills of Interest

    On Wednesday, February 26, the Education Committee will hold an afternoon public hearing on bills. While we don't have the agenda yet, there is a very good chance that several bills of interest will be called for a public hearing. You can start writing your testimony now. We will share the full agenda once its released.

    • Childcare Business Incubator Bill (HB 5213) FACT SHEET
    • Care4Kids eligibility (HB 5220) for parents in EvenStart or school for the high demand occupations of nursing, manufacturing and teaching (including ECE)
    • It is possible that HB 5222, which would provide a 90 day job search for families living in a homeless shelter for more than 2 weeks, will also be heard.
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