Prioritize Child Care Workers for Covid 19 Vaccination

Dear Governor Lamont,

Connecticut's childcare sector performs an essential service.  It cares for children so parents can work.  Our families, and our entire economy depend on this system. We are writing because many of us have remained open while schools were closed or temporarily switched to distance learning. Unlike k-12 schools, we are required to maintain rigid staff to child ratios to assure child safety. Recently, as infection rates have ticked up, more of us have had staff out because they have either tested positive themselves or had quarantine due to an exposure to someone who tested positive. Losing staff to illness or quarantine challenges our ability to maintain the ratios necessary to remain open so that parents can continue working.

We are writing to request that all child care providers, including staff at child care centers, home-based family child care providers and camp counselors be put into the 2nd priority group for vaccinations along with other essential workers like public school teachers. We work with very young children who need more assistance with eating and toileting, so our work puts us in closer contact with children than public school teachers.  Additionally, children under 2 cannot wear masks, creating another level of vulnerability for everyone involved. We ask that you not forget us as you plan the priority groups to receive vaccinations in the first phase when the vaccine is still in limited supply.

 

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Gamila Elbashier
Patricia Bryant-Beausoleil
Diane Pappacoda
Betty Baisden
Lyndsay Pratt
Deborah Fedorko
Greg Brisco
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Melanie Lahti
Caylee Kenny
Kuczma Stephanie
Joanna Coates
John Benigni
Rep. Robin Green
Ashwinee Sadanand
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Julianne Gemmell
Christine Lathrop
Sharon Lehr
John Cattelan
Marijane Carey
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  • Gamila Elbashier
  • Patricia Bryant-Beausoleil
  • Diane Pappacoda
    Governor Lamont, you are doing so much for us! Thank you! This is so much more difficult for us than every challenge we have faced before! Together with you , the Child Care Alliance ( Merryl, Izzy, Liz and Eva), Beth Bye, Robin Comey, and all of my fellow ECE group My school would not have survived.. so in those hours when you wonder if you make a difference, YES you do! I wonder that most of all and then a parent will call or a child will make me a card just to say I love you… YOU make that possible for all of us! THANK YOU! I wish I could give more time to you, but my main focus now is maintaining my school, families and staff! I pray for us all everyday! Thank you, stay safe stay, well , visit my school…this is where you will see the proof of all we do for the children, the families, ourselves and for you! Thank you!
  • Betty Baisden
  • Lyndsay Pratt
  • Deborah Fedorko
  • Greg Brisco
  • Carrie Sitz
  • Frances Chapell
  • Melanie Lahti
  • Caylee Kenny
  • Kuczma Stephanie
  • Joanna Coates
  • John Benigni
  • Rep. Robin Green
  • Ashwinee Sadanand
  • Linda Borkowski
    We have also been working in person during the pandemic while K-12 teachers have been working remotely.
  • Julianne Gemmell
  • Christine Lathrop
  • Sharon Lehr
  • John Cattelan
  • Marijane Carey
  • Suzanne Miller
  • Julia DeLapp
  • Susan Trella
  • Marilyn Moore
    I support childcare workers be included as priority for early access to the COVID vaccine.
  • Kathy Gilbert
  • Jen Gerber
  • Cindy Praisner
  • maureen myers