Important Action Alert: Public Hearing Education Committee Wed. Feb 25

See the action alert from Connecticut Voices for Children below: IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEARING WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25! GET YOUR VOICE HEARD TO REDUCE SCHOOL-BASED ARRESTS AND KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL: COME TELL LAWMAKERS TO SUPPORT HB 6834 AND HB 6837 When: Wednesday February 25th, 12:00 PM Where: Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT Arresting students from school is often ineffective and even counterproductive. In many cases, behaviors for which students are arrested could be prevented through earlier intervention or handled more effectively with school based sanctions that address the true source of misbehavior. While rates of student arrest have declined in recent years: ·

State Budget Webinar from the FESC Committee (CAHS)

Webinar: the Governor's budget What the Governor is proposing, what we are hearing, what to expect WHAT: a primer on the Governor's budget - plus news and updates WHEN: Tomorrow Wednesday February 25, 12:00 to 12:30 pm WHERE: click here to register The next few weeks are going to be hectic, with a lot of information coming out from the Capitol, lots of hearings and lots of proposals. Just to keep up track of everything and try to keep everyone up to date, we will be hosting a series of short lunch-time webinars starting tomorrow Wednesday at noon.You can register here for the first one. In this our first episode (with many more to come as the session progresses) we will go over budget, with

Action Alert from CT Juvenile Justice Alliance on School Based Arrest Public Hearing

Good afternoon, As promised, here are fact sheets and additional talking points (huge thanks to Edie at CT Voices!) on the two school discipline bills, HB 6834 and HB 6837. The Education Committee hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 25 at 12:00 PM in Room 2E of the LOB. We are supportive of both bills and would encourage you to either submit written testimony or to testify in person to make your support known. Both bills do the same thing generally: they both define school-based arrest, both require that arrest data be made transparent and public in strategic school profiles, and both require that districts with school resource officers have a memorandum of agreement between the s

Resources from Food Justice Meeting

The February coalition meeting focused on the CT Food Justice Youth Corps VISTA Project. The Connecticut Food Justice Youth Corps believes that everyone deserves access to healthy, affordable food. Project VISTA members empower local youth to be leaders who advocate for food justice in their own communities. They are in the process of recruiting future VISTA service members. Her is their blurb: "Interested in joining our team? Five partner non-profits are hiring AmeriCorps VISTA members for June of 2015! Contact for more information, or follow this link: CT-FJYC on and apply today." If you are interested in attending or learning more about the April 11t

The Governor's Budget is Out!

Governor Malloy has released his budget, and it has some big impacts on children. Below are some of the impacts and we'll be posting more as we learn more. The budget eliminates: Help Me Grow Parent's Trust Fund (PLTI, Parent SEE) Community Plans for Early Childhood Early Literacy Grant School Age programming at State Funded Centers Early Childhood Advisory Cabinet ABCD's Arts enrichment program Reductions: Quality Enhancement -5% Increases: Care4Kids - Contractual raises -3% raise for family daycare providers, increase for Family Friend and Neighbor providers based on the increase of the minimum wage. School Readiness - $3.4 million increase. For your information, the Office of Early Child

Partner Legislative Priorities

Listed below are our partner's legislative piorties. For more information, please visit their websites. End Hunger CT! Policy Priorities 2015 Click here to view their priorities. Connecticut Voices for Children Policy Agenda 2015 Click Here to view their agenda. Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance Policy Platform 2015 The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is committed to ensuring that our young children can reach their full potential. In 2015, the Alliance policy themes are: · Funding for early childhood programs – We believe the care and education of Connecticut’s youngest children should be a priority. · Workforce compensation – The people who care for and educate our youngest c

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