Weekly News July 8, 2019

Fate of ACA Looms in the Balance, as Appeals Court Hears Arguments

A federal appeals court in New Orleans started hearing arguments in Texas v. United States, which could dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. If it's overturned, the impact on the State of Connecticut, especially when it comes to Medicaid, could be chilling. Protect Our Care CT has put out a press release, a by-the-numbers look at the impact, and a national fact sheet to help people understand the repercussions. Please share this information with your networks. NPR also has a good article on the topic. Click HERE to read more.

CLASP Offers Guidance as ICE Enforcement Nears

We have heard that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) could begin its immigration enforcement THIS SUNDAY (July 14). As a child care provider, you may have families that have undocumented immigrant family members. As enforcement rounds start, you need to know what rights you have as a provider and what rights your families have. CLASP has prepared "A Guide to Creating Safe Space Policies for Early Childhood Programs." Encourage your families to make a plan and make sure everyone in the family knows the plan. CLASP suggests, for child care centers, to base your "safe space policy" on your program's general security and privacy protocols. These policies can help lay the foundation for the "safe space policy." Within the guide, providers will also find information and resources for families to help them prepare as well.

ProtectImmigrantFamilies.org also has a vast amount of resources available, including the safe space policy guide. Click HERE for more information.

Free NAEYC Study Groups Available

ACES in Hamden is offering free study groups for collaborative discussions for early childhood teachers and/or administrators on topics related to NAEYC accreditation and quality improvement. There are a few dates available:

Wednesday, July 17th – 2 different locations:  Topic: NAEYC Overview for Renewals and Initial Accreditation

9 am. – 11 a.m. ACES SDA building, 205 Skiff Street, Hamden, CT Or 12:30 – 2 p.m. – Hope Child Development Center, 81 Olive Street, New Haven, CT

Wednesday, August 14th – 2 different locations: Study Group: Standard 6

9 am. – 11 a.m. ACES SDA building, 205 Skiff Street, Hamden, CT Or 12:30 – 2 p.m. – Hope Child Development Center, 81 Olive Street, New Haven, CT

Please bring copies of the NAEYC Assessment items and register to attend:  www.aces.org/workshops

CTAEYC Seeks Centers to Participate in Bus Tour

Would you be interested in opening your center doors to the participants on the CTAEYC Bus Tour?  The Bus Tour will be held on September 21st from about 9 am to 1 pm.  Please use the link below and fill out this short survey by July 24th to let CTAEYC know if you would like to be one of the centers visited.  They will call you to confirm your program and set up a time slot if you are selected. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TJKGT73

CT Mirror Article Profiles OEC Commissioner Beth Bye

The CT Mirror published an article recently on OEC Commissioner Beth Bye, how she became interested in the early childhood field, what she hopes to accomplish as commissioner. As she notes one of her biggest challenges - providing affordable, quality child care to all children - CT Early Childhood Alliance Executive Director Merrill Gay noted a constant dilemma in available child care. There isn't enough to meet need, and what is available is expensive, he said. To read the full article, click HERE.

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


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.