The meeting minutes for the March 2011 Care4Kids Advisory Committee in Hamden.
The plan describes the Child Care and Development Fund program for 10/1/2011-9/30/2013. This is the draft for public comment.
Also attached is the presentation made by Peter Palermino, Department of Social Services, to the Alliance on 3/3/2011.
Overall, during a year with one of the largest budget deficits, the Governor’s proposed budget does an admirable job of preserving programs, with beginning – but very incomplete – movement towards an integrated early care and education system.
Funding proposals to note include:
Proposed increases in funding over FY 11 expenditures for state-funded child care centers, School Readiness competitive school districts, and the Graustein Memorial Fund’s Discovery communities initiative.
A new report by CT Voices for Children finds that progress has already been reversed in early childhood funding in recent years. Some key findings include:
After several years of improvement and expansion in early care and education, the state has recently reversed progress in funding. Overall funding declined by 6.3% between Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010, the first decline since 2004.
Its 25 anniversary report shows that while some gains have been made between Bridgeport's children and the state as a whole, the city failed 15 of 21 indicators on the well-being of the city's children.