Will Connecticut See a Second Maximum Security Facility for Girls?

*Click Here To Read The Full Post On WNPR.org Each year, 1.4 million of the nation’s eleven- to 17-year-olds enter the juvenile justice system. Of these boys and girls, some 71,000 are sent to incarceration facilities, where they may remain for several months in seclusion from the outside world. GUESTS: Martha Stone - Executive Director of the Center for Children's Advocacy Francine Sherman - Clinical Professor and Director of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at Boston College Law School Leslie Acoca - Founder of the National Girls Health and Justice Initiative You can click here to listen to audio from the episode.

CT Voices ECE Analysis of Governor's Proposed Revisions to FY 15 Budget

CT Voices for Children has released its latest budget analysis on the "Impact on Early Care and Education of the Governor's Revised Budget for FY 15," which is available on the CT Voices website. The Governor's proposed revisions contain significant new funding to expand access to preschool and to enhance preschool quality. Key elements of his suggestions include: $11.5 million to create an additional 1,020 subsidized preschool slots for FY 15, and to provide a 3% rate increase to School Readiness Programs and Child Development Centers; $3 million to establish a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS); An additional $15. 2 million for Care4Kids, which is designated both for a increase i

Pre-K Bills Face the Legislature in 2014

Governor Dannel Malloy's agenda includes universal access to pre-kindergarten. But in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing universal pre-kindergarten. What's the difference? This hour, we ask the executive director of the Office of Early Childhood, who is working on this issue. We also hear from a New York City reporter who is covering de Blasio's plan and the debate over how to pay for it. Finally, we check in on another piece of legislation at the state capitol: the right to die. Should people with terminal illness have the right to choose when and how they die? We're joined by the executive director of one of the organizations pushing this legislation. GUESTS: Myra Jones-Taylo


Proposal Mirrors Recent National Efforts to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage (BRIDGEPORT, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he is introducing legislation during the upcoming regular session of the General Assembly that will increase the state minimum wage to $10.10, mirroring recent national efforts by President Obama and other Congressional leaders to raise the federal minimum wage to that same amount. The increase would give Connecticut the highest minimum wage in the nation. In the summer of 2013, Governor Malloy signed a bill into law that increased the state minimum wage in two stages: from $8.25 to $8.70 on January 1, 2014, followed by a second increase to $9.00 that

Invest in Connecticut’s children: OpEd in CT Mirror

Study after study has shown that smart investments in child health and education yield impressive returns that benefit us all. Yet a recent study by the Fiscal Policy Center at Connecticut Voices for Children shows that over the past two decades, Connecticut has committed less and less of its budget to young people. Spending on the “Children’s Budget” – state government spending that directly benefits young people – has dropped from 40 percent of the state budget to 30 percent during this period. By shifting funds away from such investments, we diminish opportunities for today’s children and jeopardize tomorrow’s economy. In the legislative session that just started, there are several practi

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