Weekly News - August 6, 2018

Got a Cute Baby? Want to Help the Alliance?

Crowdsourcing time! The Alliance is seeking video clips of cute babies - your babies! The babies (or toddlers) can be playing, interacting with you, playing with a sibling, eating - anything, really. We would like to compile all the videos we receive into a video to help with our ongoing fundraising efforts, both by email and on social media. If you have a clip (30 seconds or less) you would like to send, please contact Jessica at jessica@earlychildhoodalliance.com and she will help arrange the clip "delivery."

Online Voter Registration Deadline is Thursday

Thursday, August 9 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to register online or to change from unaffiliated to registering with a party to vote in the primary election next week. You can register IN PERSON at your city or town hall until noon on Monday, August 13. Both major parties will hold primary elections on Tuesday, August 14, to choose candidates for Governor and other constitutional offices, as well as candidates for the state legislature in some districts. Only voters registered with a party can vote in the primary election. You can check to see if you are registered to vote and whether you selected a party here. To change your registration so that you can vote in the primary click here. In step 2 select change registration then check the party enrollment change.  If you were registered with a party, the deadline to change your registration to vote in a different party’s primary was in May. Remember, kids can’t vote, so we have to vote for them.

We're Hiring!

The CT Early Childhood Alliance is seeking a digital organizing intern (25 hours a week, paid position) for our upcoming "We Vote for Kids" campaign. We Vote For Kids is a non-partisan campaign to raise early childhood issues in Connecticut’s 2018 gubernatorial, st

ate Senate and state House elections. A project of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, this campaign will educate candidates on early childhood issues, build relationships with future decision makers and mobilize people who care about young children to participate in the election.

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance uses digital tools, including but not limited to NationBuilder, Hootsuite, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, to strengthen and amplify a network of adults working to make things better for young children. The Alliance seeks a Digital Organizing Intern to help us grow and mobilize our online base of early childhood activists across the state. The Digital Organizing Intern will report to the Executive Director, and will work collaboratively with volunteers as well as our communications and advocacy staff.

Application deadline is August 17, 2018. No phone calls, please. The full job description and application info can be found HERE.

CT-AIMH Home Visitor Training Series Starts This Month

CT Association for Infant Mental Health announces a FREE 6-day IMH Home Visitor Training Series for those working with children and families in the NEW HAVEN area.

Dates: August 22, 23 & 30, September 6, 14 & 21, 2018 at the United Way in New Haven. Click HERE to register.

CT Voices Releases Candidate Briefing

CT Voices for Children released a candidate briefing book, which provides an overview of the challenges the state faces, as well as a roadmap for voters and policymakers going forward. The briefing focuses on three areas: Thriving families, education excellence, and inclusive economic growth. To download the briefing, click HERE

New Study Shows Adults Severely Stressed and Traumatized in Childhood More Likely to Have Children With Behavioral Problems

A new study out of UCLA (David Geffen School of Medicine) finds that adults who had severe stress or trauma in their lives as children, are more likely to have children with behavioral problems of their own. The study finds that children of parents who had four or more ACEs were at double the risk of having attention deficit hyperactivity and were four times more likely to have mental health problems. The impact on the mother as a child seems to have a strong adverse effect on the child than the father. To read more, click HERE.


Support for the Alliance comes from of our members and our funders: The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Connecticut Health Foundation, Connecticut Community Foundation, Children's Fund of Connecticut, CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of CT Council of Philanthropy; The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut; Community Foundation of Greater New Britain; and Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.