Weekly News - August 1, 2016

No August Alliance Meeting  

There will be no meeting of the Alliance membership in August. We will resume with our monthly meetings in September (9/1). Watch for more details in the coming weeks. 

Federal Children's Budget Webinar on August 4 

Child Care Aware® of America will co-host a webinar with First Focus on Thursday, August 4, at 1 p.m., to discuss the children’s budget. The webinar will include:

  • The status of the FY 2017 appropriations process, and
  • A summary of First Focus's 2016 Children's Budget

The presenters for the webinar will be Jay Nichols, Director, Federal Policy and Governmental Affairs with CCAoA, and John Monsif, Vice President, Government Relations with First Focus.

Webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend. Click HERE to register. 

Kindergarten Readiness Research Webinar Features OEC Representative

Join the Early Childhood Education Research Alliance (ECEA) for a presentation of new research from the Baltimore Education Research Consortium on child readiness for kindergarten. The webinar is Tuesday, August 9, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deborah Gross, Johns Hopkins University, and Amie Bettencourt, Fund for Educational Excellence, will present on the costly consequences for children who have not yet learned skills such as following directions, complying with rules, managing emotions, solving problems, organizing and completing tasks, and getting along with others. Several ECEA members from states in the Northeast & Islands Region will respond to the findings and discuss potential implications for their state’s early learning and development standards. Harriet Feldlaufer, Director, Division of Early Childhood Care and Education, Conn. Office of Early Childhood, will be a discussant. To register, click HERE.  

News Regarding Children's Oral Health

(From COHI) DSS, in response to the Fiscal Year 2017 State Budget passed by the Connecticut General Assembly, previously announced reductions in pediatric dental reimbursement rates that were scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2016.  The proposed 5% rate reduction to the children's dental fee schedule was postponed until September 1, 2016 due to feedback from dentists, pediatricians, other oral health constituents and consumers. The children's dental fee schedule will be reduced  by 2% on September 1, 2016 with the other 3% will be made up with specific policy and fee changes effective August 1, 2016.  The Adult Reimbursement Rate will NOT change. 

Please send written comments to Ginny Mahoney and Dr. Donna Balaski at DSS by August 25, 2016 and tell them how the 2% rate reduction will impact you, children you know, your practice!  A letter/email template and a fact sheet are available to assist you.
If you have any questions, please contact COHI by email or call 860-246-2644. COHI would appreciate receiving a copy of your email or notification that you sent one.

Celebrating Kathy Queen at Annual Family Picnic 

Please join the Wallingford Community Day Care Center at its annual family picnic onWednesday, August 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., as they honor Kathy Queen for her years of dedicated service to the center. Please RSVP at [email protected] or by calling 203-294-4176. For more information, click HERE.  

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, and The Eder Family Foundation.