Weekly News - October 24, 2016

Care4Kids Update

Care4Kids VideoThe Care4kids has a projected deficit again. In August, the program was closed to new Priority Group 4 applicants.  That means the only remaining option to save money, is to reduce the caseload.  The most likely way this would happen would be by not renewing certificates when they come up for redetermination.  Under state law, Care4kids has to post a notice on their web page 30 days in advance of such a change.  So far this has not happened.  The Alliance is doing all that we can to prevent it from ever happening.  If you haven’t already, please sign the petition, then share the video and petition link with your networks. Also please talk to your legislators.  Finally, we are looking for parents whose C4K certificate is up for renewal in the first half of 2017 to record a short video answering the question, “What will happen if you lose your Care4Kids?” Two articles came out late last week in CT Mirror and CT NewsJunkie discussing the current Care4Kids situation. 

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Weekly News - October 17, 2016

LIVESTREAM NOW on Cost and Quality of Child Care

NPR is currently livestreaming a panel discussion on cost and quality of child care, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. To watch, click HERE

OEC Listening Tours on QIS

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:

10/27/16  -  5:30 – 7 p.m.   Middletown, 25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT  

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

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Weekly News - October 10, 2016

OEC Creating FAQ on Care4Kids

Care4KidsDo you have burning questions regarding Care4Kids and suspect others might have the same question? The Office of Early Childhood is developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to capture questions received during the Care 4 Kids Information Sessions conducted this fall.  The OEC has created an email address for anyone to submit questions for clarification regarding changes to the Care 4 Kids Program. 

The email address is: [email protected]

Questions submitted to the email address will be included in the FAQ and posted on the Care 4 Kids website following the last Care 4 Kids Information Session on October 20th. The FAQ will be updated regularly as new questions are received via the email address.

You can also register for the remaining Care4Kids information sessions on October 13 (New Haven), October 15(Middletown) or October 20 (New London). If you cannot attend the information sessions, you can listen to the recorded PowerPoint presentations in English or Spanish. The most up-to-date Care4Kids information can be found HERE

Listen to "Where We Live" Thursday Morning: Child Care Discussion 

Tune into WNPR's "Where We Live" on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Merrill Gay, CT Early Childhood Alliance Executive Director, will be a guest. The topic will be child care and Merrill will discuss the recently-released New America report, discussing cost, quality and access. If you're not able to listen, we'll make sure to include the link in the next memo.

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