End Hunger Connecticut! Responds to Farm Bill Compromise

Hartford, Conn. (January 28, 2014) – End Hunger Connecticut!, a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization, issued the following statement in response to the Farm Bill compromise reached last evening. The House is set to vote on the issue tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29th. From Lucy Nolan, Executive Director, End Hunger Connecticut!: “The Farm Bill compromise only compromises the health and well-being of the 65,000+ families in Connecticut who rely on SNAP benefits. These households will have $90 less per month to shop for groceries and many will have to choose between heat and eating. While widely reported that the SNAP cuts target only fraud and abuse and will not effect benefits

Federal Budget Update

The FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes some significant increases for early learning. Here are some of the highlights: Head Start received an increase of $1.025 billion to restore the funding cut by the sequester and provide programs with a cost-of-living increase. Of the increase, $500 million is set aside for new Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships. Early Head Start partnership funding will be available to every state and programs would compete for the funding within the state. These grants allow new or existing Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers and family child care providers serving low-income infants and toddlers. Child Care and Developmen

Improving School Discipline Practices and Reducing School-Based Arrests in Connecticut: Policy Brief

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan issued the first-ever national guidelines for school discipline in public schools, in an effort to keep more students in class and reduce racial disparities in punishment. The federal guidelines address the overuse of exclusionary discipline practices in schools, including the use of arrests, expulsions, and out-of-school suspensions, as responses to relatively minor and non-violent behavioral incidents. A growing body of research demonstrates the harmful effects of exclusionary discipline on the long-term academic, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning of youth. There is an important link between behavioral

January Digest from Implementing the Common Core Standards

Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS) Issue 45 • January 14, 2014 Dear Colleagues, Happy New Year! As part of the Common Core Webinar Series, CCSSO will host a webinar on Wednesday, January 15 at 1PM EST entitle "Adopting Digital Resources Aligned to the Common Core." The webinar will feature a presentation from Brian Bridges, Director of the California Learning Resource Network. He will discuss California's Digital Textbook Initiative which as resulted in digital Common Coroe aligned textbook adoption in the state. Please visit here to register for the webinar. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is hosting the webinar "Protecting Student Data Privacy: What Policym

Gov. Malloy: Agreement Will Invest in Our Children and Those Who Care for Them

Joined by home-based child care providers and union officials, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced an agreement between the State of Connecticut and CSEA/SEIU LOCAL 2001 providing for professional development and the first general wage increases in 12 years for family child care providers under Connecticut Care 4 Kids program, the state’s program to provide better opportunities for quality child care and subsidize child care costs for low income families. The agreement came after nine months of negotiations between the two parties. "This is another sign of our commitment to raise the level of quality in child care settings, and increase opportunities for young children to be in safe an

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