Weekly News - January 30, 2017

Legislative Update

The CT Early Childhood Alliance is very concerned about a number of proposed bills that would dismember, or otherwise weaken, the CT Office of Early Childhood. Additionally, bills have been introduced that would impact Care4Kids funding, teacher credentials, and paid family leave. We will continue to monitor developments and keep you informed.

Save the Date for Advocacy Day 2017

Advocacy Day 2016In a tough budget year and fast-changing policy climate, your attendance at the 2017 Early Childhood Advocacy Day is important! Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 20. Arrival time is 9:30 a.m., with the program running from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Capitol's Old Judiciary Room, followed by legislator meetings. More information will be forthcoming, but be sure to mark your calendars now! 

Ritter: Fund Child Care, Help the Economy

House Majority Leader Matthew Ritter (D-1st District) penned a letter to the editor in the Hartford Courant regarding the Care4Kids program, noting the role it plays in the lives of working families and the need to fund and re-open the program. He added that if the federal government is serious about helping working families, programs such as Care4Kids should be among the top priorities. To read the letter, click HERE.  

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

February 2017 has been designated as "National Children's Dental Health Month," with the goal of promoting the benefits and raising awareness of good oral health to children, their caregivers and teachers. The American Dental Association (ADA) has a variety of posters and activity sheets for kids available, and can be found HERE

Save the Date for CT-AIMH Spring Meeting and Seminar

The CT Association of Infant Mental Health will hold its annual Spring Meeting and Seminar on Thursday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Woodwinds in Branford. Dr. Linda Mayes will speak on how addiction affects the parenting relationship. More information can be found at www.ct-aimh.org   

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, Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, The Fund for Greater Hartford, and The Eder Family Foundation