Weekly News - March 25, 2019

The Economic Impact of the Child Care Crisis

The forum, "Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis" is one week from today! Join us at the Legislative Office Building on Tuesday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Room 2E, for a forum on the economic impact the lack of affordable, accessible child care has one the state's families and on the state's businesses. For more information, click HERE. As this is a public event, you can attend without RSVPing, though we would appreciate a headcount before the event.

PARENTS: We are seeking a parent or two who would be able to attend the forum - if you're a parent who struggles to pay for child care beyond what your Care4Kids certificate provides for, or if you couldn't finish your GED or post-secondary degree because Care4Kids wouldn't cover you as a student, please contact us. You can contact Kayla Goldfarb at [email protected] or Jessica Ciparelli at [email protected].

Tell Congress CT Needs More CCDBG Funding in FY20!

Your action is needed TODAY! The Connecticut Association for Human Services and the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance are among those advocating for greater investments in federal child care funding. 

We are asking your organization to sign-on to a letter to Connecticut's Congressional delegation asking Congress to increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by $5 billion in fiscal year 2020.

The additional funding will help families, teachers, and children. It will mean better access to affordable, high-quality child care for families, stronger supports and higher wages for early childhood teachers, and improved outcomes for young children whose families struggle with unmet childcare needs.

If you are authorized to sign the letter to Congress on behalf of your organization, please join us by clicking the button below. Signing on to the letter couldn't be easier, just click the button below and add your name at the bottom of the letter.

Thank you for using your voice to call for greater investments in what really matters -high-quality child care and early education.

P.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut's 3rd Congressional District is the Chairwoman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations. It is critical that we present her with a letter showing the full-force of Connecticut's advocates calling for an increase in CCDBG funding for FY20.

CT-AIMH 2019 Spring Conference is Open for Registration

The Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) is holding its spring conference on May 9, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Woodwinds in Branford. The conference focuses on "The Power of Early Childhood Experience in Shaping Risk and Resilience," and will feature Dr. Bruce D. Perry as keynote. Dr. Perry is a Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas. He is an author, teacher, clinician, and researcher in children's mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. Experiences in early childhood shape the developing brain by providing a range of social, emotional, motor, and cognitive experiences that impact the development and functioning of key neural networks in the infant brain. The presentation will discuss the vital importance of supporting and fostering brain development from infancy throughout early childhood by supporting the caregivers. Dr. Perry's address will focus on the importance of relational "therapeutic web" in providing consistent, predictable and nurturing experiences that buffer stressors and build resilience. Seats are going fast - please register at www.ct-aimh.org.

CWEALF is Hiring for New Program

Our friends at Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) have started a new program called "She Leads Justice Project." In launching this program, two job opportunities are available. One position is a part-time Community Advocacy Assistant, who is fluent in English and Spanish and advocates for clients in the legal system (Greater Hartford area) and the second position is for a consultant to help develop a curriculum for the new peer advocacy program. 

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 of Greater New Haven; and the Partnership for America's Children.