ED Committee Public Hearing Date Changed to 3/6

The Education Committee's Public Hearing has been scheduled to Friday, March 6, starting at 10 a.m., in Room 1E. While we don't have the agenda yet, we expect these bills to be heard. Childcare Business Incubator Bill (HB 5213) FACT SHEET Care4Kids eligibility (HB 5220) for parents in EvenStart or school for the high demand occupations of nursing, manufacturing and teaching (including ECE) It is possible that HB 5222, which would provide a 90 day job search for families living in a homeless shelter for more than 2 weeks, will also be heard. If you'd like us to sign you up to testify on Friday or would like more information on how to testify, email Merrill @merrill@earlychildhoodalliance.com.

Legislative Action Alert 2/18/20

Hello Members and people who support children! This is the weekly advocacy alert email from the Middlesex Coalition for Children and the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. Our action alerts will focus on issues, budgets and bills that affect children and families in Connecticut. This alert will be sent out more or less weekly during the 2020 Legislative Session and will have everything you need to know to be the most effective advocate for children that you can be! You may not care about each issue, but we’ve included those you might care about. Please contact us if you have questions or are confused. We’d love for you to do all of these actions below, but any will help! Aside from tes

21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

Are you up for the Challenge of creating the world we all need? Changing what we know can change how we see the world. Changing how we see the world can change our actions and the world itself. Whether you do it on your own or with others, the Challenge provides structure and resources that you can use to join in - or continue - the work of identifying and dismantling racism in our food system while creating equity for all. We are busy updating this year's set of daily email prompts and everything else you'll need to get started! New this year, we are adding more tools for groups and organizations to meaningfully participate in the Challenge. Read on for the details and links. We hope yo

JJPOC recommendation on minimum age of juvenile court jurisdiction

From the Office of the Child Advocate Please see this new report from Connecticut Voices for Children —in partnership with the Legislative Advocacy Clinic at the Yale Law School—regarding children under 12 in the justice system. Recently the state’s Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee recommended that the minimum age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Connecticut be raised from 7 to 12, a change which would bring Connecticut’s justice system in line with United Nations’ recommendation that all countries set a minimum age of criminal responsibility, no younger than 12. According to the CT Voices/Yale report, most countries have set a minimum age of criminal responsibility higher

Dream Big for Racial Equity!

Join the Middletown Racial Justice Coalition & the Middletown Public Schools as we: DREAM BIG for Racial Equity!! Does your dream/vision for racial equity in education align with that of the MPS? Come find out! First DREAM Session: Date: Thursday February, 27th, 2020 Time: 5:15PM - 7:30PM Place: Cross Street AME Zion Church, 440 West Street Dinner & Activities from 5:15PM - 6:00PM Conversation from 6:00PM -7:30PM Special Guest Performance: Hint-It's a student! Activities include: Photo booth Music Storytime for young children Visual Note-taking DREAM wall **Individualized audio-recorded story sharing We are interested in multi-generational, multi-racial story sharing. We will be recording on

Action Alert 2/10-2/14

Hello Members and people who support children! This is the weekly advocacy alert email from the Middlesex Coalition for Children and the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. Our action alerts will focus on issues, budgets and bills that affect children and families in Connecticut. This alert will be sent out more or less weekly during the 2020 Legislative Session (Feb 5-May 6, 2020) and will have everything you need to know to be the most effective advocate for children that you can be! What Are the Major Issues/Dates of Focus This Week (Feb. 10)? On Thursday, Feb. 13th at 4 pm, there is an Appropriations Public Hearing where people will have the opportunity to testify on education relate

Connecticut Lawmakers To Consider 'Fair Work' Schedules

The House chamber on opening day of the Connecticut General Assembly's 2020 legislative session JOE AMON / CONNECTICUT PUBLIC RADIO Labor advocates want to make sure hourly service workers in Connecticut have hours and wages they can depend on. They’re hoping lawmakers pass a bill in the 2020 legislative session that would curb on-call scheduling practices. That’s a proposal that would’ve helped Chenae Russell when she was a retail worker. “In retail is where experienced a lot of the on-call shifts, or cancelled shifts, or hours that varied and I couldn’t count on the money,” Russell said. Russell dreaded those cancellations because with having a daughter and having to get to work, she’d loc

Supreme Court Rules on "Public Charge"

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to consider SNAP use for green card denials "On Monday [February 3], the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling along ideological lines that will allow the Trump administration’s controversial 'public charge' rule to move forward. Back in September 2018, the Trump administration proposed a rule that would make it harder for low-income immigrants to obtain green card status. It did so by expanding the set of criteria the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can use to determine whether or not someone is likely to become a 'public charge.' That term, introduced in the Immigration Act of 1882, refers to anyone primarily dependent on public assistance for i

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