The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is committed to ensuring that our young children can reach their full potential. In 2015, the Alliance policy themes are:
· Funding for early childhood programs – We believe the care and education of Connecticut’s youngest children should be a priority.
· Workforce compensation – The people who care for and educate our youngest children in state funded programs are among the lowest paid in the state. At the same time they face mandates requiring higher qualifications and degrees. It is essential that low wages and barriers to degree attainment be addressed so that the workforce can be stabilized and turnover rates - harmful to child outcomes - can be reduced.
· Infant and toddler care – Lots of attention has been paid to preschool, but brain science shows that the first three years of a child’s life have the most impact on their future. High quality care for infants and toddlers is hard to find and more expensive. Greater availability of infant and toddler spaces, subsidies for parents, and higher rates for this care is needed.
· Mental and behavioral health – Even infants have mental health needs, yet mental and behavioral health services for children under age five is in short supply. The Alliance will work to include our youngest children in mental health plans.
In addition to these areas of focus, the Alliance will advocate for sensible changes to programs that help families and young children.
For more information or questions, please contact Merrill Gay, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org