Weekly News July 1, 2019

Paid Leave and Budget Signed by Governor

On Tuesday, June 25, Governor Lamont gathered with a standing room-only crowd in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol, to sign the Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation into law. "It's about time," Governor Lamont said, right before he signed the bill into law. After signing it, he added, "Long overdue - we got it done."

The Campaign for Paid Family and Medical Leave put out a great resource to answer any questions you may have regarding the new program. It can be found HERE.

The day after signing PFML into law, Governor Lamont signed the two year, $43 billion budget. As noted previously, this is how early childhood fared:

  • Care4Kids - Federal funds will be used to raise rates to at least the 25th percentile of the market, $5 million increase in state funds in the second year of the budget. It is still unclear if center-based infant-toddler rates will go higher.
  • Parity for CDCs with School Readiness programs
  • School Readiness and CDCs $100 per child/year increase (~1%) in second year of the budget
  • Diaper assistance - $500,000 grant to The Diaper Bank to provide more diapers to families in need
  • Money for background checks through October 1
  • Raising the eligibility limit to restore HUSKY coverage to 4,000 parents
  • Birth to Three line item increased by $1.4 million in FY20 and an additional $606,443 in FY21 to reflect the increase in caseload

CT-AIMH Announces New Training Series

CT Association of Infant Mental Health will be holding three new training series. 

2-day Faculty Symposium on Embedding Core Principles of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health into Current Curricula

Dates: August 12 and 13, 2019, 8:30am-4:45pm, with a dinner on Monday, August 12 from 5-7pm

Location: Amarante's 62 Cove Street, New Haven

Presenters: The creators of the Faculty Symposium from Minnesota, and keynotes: Nancy Close, PhD, IMH-E® and Salam Solomon, PsyD, IMH-E®

Topics: Neurobiology, Relationships, Parent Growth and Development and the Impact of Trauma

Cost: FREE

Audience: Any 2-year and 4-year college faculty from the following fields: Early care and education, special education, social work, child welfare, mental health, public health, nursing, early childhood and parent education, and early intervention (including Speech, PT, OT)

Included: Breakfast and lunch and curricula materials as well as access code to Faculty Symposium website for all IMH topics

Registration Link: www.ct-aimh.org or http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=6d4nveeab&oeidk=a07egcynk027f6f67cc

Sponsored by: DCF Elm City Project LAUNCH and OEC


6-day Home Visitor IMH Training Series

Dates: August 22 and 29, September 5, 12,20 and 27, 2019

Location: United Way of New Haven, 370 James Street, New Haven, 4th floor

Presenters: IMH-Endorsed® in-state presenters

Cost: FREE

Audience: Home visitors from across CT (B-3, MIECHV, EHS, FRC, PAT, etc...)

Included:Breakfast, lunch, materials, children's books, and scholarships to pay for IMH-Endorsement®

Registration Link: www.ct-aimh.org or


Sponsored by: DCF Elm City Project LAUNCH


4.5 day Reflective Supervision/Consultation Training Series

Dates: September 9, 17, 23, and October 1 (8:30am-3:30pm) and October 7 (8:30am-12:30pm)

Location: Amarante's 62 Cove Street, New Haven

Presenters: In-state and out-of-state IMH-Endorsed® presenters and featuring Christopher Watson, PhD, IMH-E® (Minnesota) and Deborah Weatherston, PhD, IMH-E®  (Michigan)

Cost: FREE

Audience: Beginners or mid level RS/C providers, Master's level clinicians, IMH-Endorsed® and/or in process of getting Endorsed®, those that need RS/C training for Endorsement® renewal

Included: Breakfast, lunch and the book: A Practical Guide to Reflective Supervision

Registration Link: www.ct-aimh.org  or


Sponsored by: DCF Elm City Project LAUNCH and OEC

September Symposium

A September symposium, "How Adults Can Buffer Stress for Young Children and Reduce Challenging Behaviors," will take place at Goodwin College on Thursday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The target audience is PreK-Grade 3 - administrators, teachers, related service staff, Board of Education members, and community partners. Teams are encouraged to attend.  The symposium is hosted by: The CT Office of Early Childhood, CT Department of Education, Birth to Three Leaders, UConn Naeg School of Education, CT Association of Public School Superintendents, Enfield KITE, EASTCONN, CT Associations of Boards of Education, CT Association of Schools, RESC Alliance, and CT Children's Medical Center. For more information, click HERE. The registration link is http://casci.ac/4736.


Support for the Alliance comes from of our members and our funders: Connecticut Community Foundation, CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of CT Council of Philanthropy; Community Foundation of Greater New Britain; Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; and the Partnership for America's Children.