Weekly News - October 31, 2016

We Need Your Help!


Care4Kids LogoWe fear that as early as mid-November, Care4Kids could announce a complete closure of Priority Group 4. This means all families coming up for redetermination 30 days after the notice is posted will be cut off from C4K.  Our only chance to stop this is to put enough pressure on elected officials to find money to fund the program. Critical to creating that pressure is finding parents willing to tell their story to the press. If you have a C4K voucher that's coming up for redetermination or you know of families reaching their redetermination date who would be willing to share their story, please contact Jessica Ciparelli at jessica@earlychildhoodalliance.com. If you haven’t already, please sign the petition, then share the video and petition link with your networks.

Webinar: Why Early Learning is a Bipartisan Issue

Save the Children Action Network and Child Care Works will host a webinar on Wednesday, November 2, at 1 p.m. Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) believe that every child deserves the best start in life. They are building bipartisan will and voter support to make sure every child in the U.S. has access to high-quality early learning. The webinar will focus on the importance of early childhood education and the broad, bipartisan support that this issue receives. To register, click HERE

Oral Health is Important, Especially During Pregnancy 

Do you work with or have contact with pregnant women? This handout, by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center at Georgetown University, helps expectant mothers understand the importance of maintaining good oral health during their pregnancies and offers tips that address issues that pregnant women face. The flyer is available in both English and Spanish and permission has been granted to photocopy and distribute.

Election Day is One Week Away: A Closer Look at Child Care Plans Under Major Party Candidates

One week from today, voters will head to the polls to choose our next president. Yahoo News took a closer look at both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's child care plans and what those plans would mean to a family living at poverty level, those living at the national median income and those in the top one percent. To read the article, click HEREREMINDER - November 1 is the deadline to register to vote online, by mail or in person. Election Day registration is in effect on November 8, but lines are expected to be long.  For more information, click HERE.  

OEC Listening Tours on QRIS

Jennifer Johnson, Director of the OEC Quality Improvement Division, is embarking on a listening tour regarding the development of CT’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS).  Your input is needed as a Quality Recognition and Improvement System is being developed.  This system will help families and communities recognize quality early learning environments in their local communities. Most importantly they want to know:

1) How do we recognize, understand and promote quality;

2) What aspects of quality are most important to you; and

3) How do we best support early childhood community and family programs to improve quality?

Dates and Locations: 

11/10/16  -  6 – 7:30 p.m.  Education Connection, 4 Mountainview Terrace, Suite 201, Danbury, CT

12/1/16  -  6 – 7:30 p.m.   Torrington City Hall, 140 Main Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium, Torrington, CT

12/14/16  6 – 7:30 p.m. – All our Kin, 414A Chapel Street, Suite 100, New Haven, CT

To pre-register, click HERE. (In the "course" drop-down menu, make sure to choose "QIS Listening Tour.")

Support for the Alliance comes from of our members and our funders: The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, Connecticut Health Foundation, Children's Fund of Connecticut, Connecticut Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, The Fund for Greater Hartford, and The Eder Family Foundation.