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    February Meeting Changes - Date & Time

    ATTENTION! Due to the forecast on Thursday, February 6, we have rescheduled the CT Early Childhood Alliance U.S. Census-related meeting to Wednesday, February 12, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at AFSCME Council 4, 444 East Main Street, New Britain.

    We hope you can attend on February 12, and bring people from your community who you think should be involved in ensuring that all kids are counted in the 2020 U.S. Census. Please invite them to attend with you, in order to work collaboratively. The link to forward to anyone interested in attending is below.

    In 2010, 1 in 10 children under the age of 5 were NOT COUNTED nationwide. And oftentimes, these kids are in hard-to-count areas of the country or the state. We have to COUNT ALL KIDS - and we need your help to do it!

    LOCATION: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at AFSCME Council 4, 444 East Main Street, New Britain. Free parking available.

    Please bring your laptop or tablet if you have one, in order to follow along with the ROAM Interactive Mapping Tool.

    Space will be limited by the size of the room, so we ask that you please RSVP for yourself and anyone you plan to bring with you.

    RSVP HERE

    The steering committee will meet following the regular meeting.

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    Weekly News January 21, 2020

    CTECA, CAHS Focus on Counting All Kids in Census

    The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance and CT Association for Human Services are pleased to announce a substantial grant from Viking Global, to prepare for the 2020 Census. Now, you may be asking why focus on the 2020 Census? It’s important for our future – for our children’s futures.

    For the next few months (yes…it’s coming up VERY soon), the Alliance and CAHS will be focusing on an awareness campaign, particularly around the under age 5 population, which includes social media, kickoff events with child care centers, materials to distribute, etc. It’s important to engage with “trusted messengers,” such as child care providers, doctors, and faith-based leaders, for families to understand participating in the Census is safe. There will be no question regarding citizenship (struck down by the courts and NOT included on the Census form). The goal of the Census is an accurate count of ALL people living in the United States – regardless of age or status.

    According to the US Census Bureau, an estimated 5% of children under the age of five weren’t counted in the 2010 Census. That’s about 1 million young children, the highest of any age group. In Connecticut, that number was about 3.3%, and children ages 5-9 were 2.5%. The gaps need to close. Undercounts can have negative impacts on federal funding for programs like SNAP, grants for special education, school lunch programs and Head Start. According to CT Voices for Children, in Fiscal Year 2016, Connecticut received over $10.7 billion through 55 large federal spending programs.

    The undercount of children is getting worse – it was four times higher in 2010 than it was in 1980. Reasons for not counting young children vary. Some parents might be confused as to whether to include their children. Some believe the government already has that information available. Some live in large or complex households; some live with grandparents, aunts, or uncles and the adults don’t know if they should count them. Children who have divorced parents might be splitting their time between two homes and neither parent knows who should count the child (in this case, it should be the parent who has the child physically with them on April 1).

    Watch for more information in the weeks that follow. We need to make sure we "Count All Kids!"

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    Weekly News January 6, 2020

    Connecticut Secures Federal Grant

    Late last year, big news came out of the Governor's Office, regarding early childhood. The state received a $26.8 million federal grant to help further child development goals. The Office of Early Childhood will be administering the federal Preschool Development Birth Through Five Renewal Grant. 

    The grant will strengthen the Birth to Five system by supporting a collaboration between eight state agencies to create efficiencies in services, focus on customer service, innovate strategies, and expand public-private partnerships. In the area of data and outcomes, the grant will redesign OEC’s Early Childhood Information System (ECIS), invest in a Quality Improvement System (QIS), establish a performance and accountability process, and improve contracting procurement.

    To read the full press release, click HERE.

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    Weekly News December 16, 2019

    Federal Budget Update: Bill Includes Additional Funds for Early Childhood

    From the National Women’s Law Center, regarding the federal budget: The bill text for all 12 appropriations bills was released Monday and there is some news to share on child care & early learning.

    The Labor-HHS-Education bill includes over +$1 billion for child care & early learning, including:

    A total of $5.826 billion for CCDBG, an increase of +$550 million over last year.  CLASP have estimated that this increase could serve up to 33,600 additional children – not nearly as many as the House’s $2.4 billion proposal, but still an incredibly important step forward!  

    A total of $10.613 billion for Head Start, an increase of +$550 million over last year, including +$100 million for Early Head Start, +$193 million for a cost-of-living-adjustment, +$250 million for quality improvement activities, and some other small plus-ups.

    A total of $275 million for PDG, an increase of +$25 million over last year.

    According to the Washington Post, the House of Representatives passed the $1.4 trillion spending package on Tuesday. It now goes to the U.S. Senate for approval, then to the president for his signature, ahead of the government shutdown deadline.

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    Weekly News November 18, 2019

    Alliance 2019-2021 Steering Committee

    At the Alliance meeting on November 7, our members elected a slate of officers and steering committee members. The following members will serve on our steering committee:

    • Jennifer Quaye-Hudson, CT Voices for Children - Co-Chair
    • Izzi Greenberg, Middlesex Coalition for Children - Co-Chair
    • Georgia Goldburn, Hope for New Haven - Vice Chair/Treasurer
    • Edie Reichard, Sleeping Giant Day Care/State-Funded Director's Forum -Vice Chair
    • Eva Bermudez-Zimmerman, CSEA/SEIU Local 2001, Advocacy Chair
    • Cindy Bryan, Educational Playcare, Membership/Nominating Chair
    • Liz Fraser, CAHS, Fiscal Agent
    • Amy Cubbage, CAEYC, Steering Committee Member
    • Julie Giaccone, CREC, Steering Committee Member
    • Joanne Kelleher, Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, Steering Committee Member
    • Jill Marini, Hartford Region YWCA, Steering Committee Member
    • Sue Radway, Riverfront Children's Center, Steering Committee Member
    • Jade Thomas, All Our Kin, Steering Committee Member
    • Gail Nolan, Alliance for Bloomfield's Children, Ex-Officio Member
    • Karen Rainville, Waterbury School Readiness, Ex-Officio Member
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    Weekly News November 11, 2019

    Federal Budget Update: Looks Like Another CR

    According to the Coalition on Human Needs, Congress will need another stopgap measure in the form of a Continuing Resolution (CR) in order to continue funding the federal government. The current CR, which was passed just before the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, provides funding for all government agencies through Nov. 21. Fights over spending allocations amongst the various government agencies and funding for President Trump’s border wall have held up progress in getting spending bills through Congress. To read more, click HERE.

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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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