Weekly News - January 14, 2019

Special Elections Set for Vacated Senate, House Seats

With the departure of three senators (Senators Bye, Larson, and Gerratana) and two representatives (Representatives Albis and Soto), to join the new administration, Governor Lamont has announced the date for the upcoming special elections - Tuesday, February 26. These are seats in the 3rd, 5th, & 6th Senate Districts; and 39th and 99th House Districts. To read Governor Lamont's announcement, click HERE.

First Paid Family Leave Bills Introduced

On the first day of session, advocates for Paid Family and Medical Leave were visible as lawmakers made their way around the Capitol complex. Governor Lamont made mention of PFML in his opening address to the Legislature on January 9. According to the Campaign for Paid Family Leave, the Labor and Public Employees Committee voted to draft two PFML bills on January 15. The bills are Senate Bill No. 1 and House Bill No. 5003   

Survey on Child Care for Working Parents

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is seeking perspectives to inform the Fed’s research and engagement work in support of working parents. Below is the link to a survey asking about your opinions and perspectives on matters relating to early child care that parents use to work. The 10 minutes you spend on the survey will be an invaluable contribution to the work of the Boston Fed on Early Child Care for Working Parents.

Feel free to share the survey link with colleagues (and note that it should only be completed once regardless of receipt from others). They are seeking a range of responders, including employers, philanthropy, parents, advocates, government agency leaders, legislators, nonprofits, child care providers, and more!

Please complete the survey no later than Friday, January 18, 2019. The survey can be found HERE.

CAHS to Release Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Connecticut Data Book

Join the CT Association for Human Services and the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors, and the Commission on Equity and Opportunity, on Friday, January 25, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Legislative Office Building 2D, for the presentation of the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Connecticut Data Book. To view the full invitation, click HERE. To RSVP for the event, click HERE.

Alliance Seeking Interns

The CT Early Childhood Alliance is looking to fill one more internship - a video storytelling intern.

Video Storytelling Intern

Start Date: Position available until filled, to last Academic Term or summer
Available: Academic Year or Summer
Hours: 15–25 hours per week, between the hours of 9am –5pm
Compensation: This is an unpaid internship. The Alliance is willing to work with academic institutions to support credit-bearing internships

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance uses digital tools, including video communications, to strengthen and amplify a network of adults working to make things better for young children. The Alliance seeks a Video Storytelling Intern to help gather, document, produce and share the stories of families and early childhood educators to raise awareness of key early childhood policy issues. Stories produced by the Video Storytelling Intern will be shared with legislators, key allies, and the Alliance’s member organizations as an essential advocacy tool. The Video Storytelling Intern will report to the Executive Director, and will work collaboratively with volunteers as well as our communications and advocacy staff.

Primary Responsibilities:
Film short stories of early childhood stakeholders;
Editing video stories;
Develop consistent messaging and branding for Alliance videos;
Create a plan for disseminating videos and tracking their reach;

The ideal candidate has experience filming and editing videos, has strong written and verbal communication skills, is detail-oriented, has excellent interpersonal skills, and is organized and pays attention to detail. It is also important that the applicant has a keen interest in early childhood policy.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Video Storytelling Intern” to Kayla Goldfarb, Director of Outreach, [email protected]


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.