The Connecticut Association for Human Services (CAHS) changes the lives of low-income children and families across Connecticut by pioneering pathways from poverty to opportunity and from financial insecurity to capability and success.

As the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT grantee for Connecticut, CAHS uses data and research to inform our policy agenda. CAHS partners with more than 100 policy and program organizations statewide, including fellow nonprofit advocates and trusted community-based service providers. Together, we develop and share new knowledge, advocate for change, build networks, and mobilize coalitions that empower thousands of Connecticut residents every year with the confidence, support, and tools they need to map their journeys forward.

Our goal is, as it has been since 1910, nothing short of the elimination of poverty in Connecticut.



Advocacy Alerts

Help Us Secure VITA Funding for 2018: A Message from Prosperity Now

Last month, the House Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee released a preliminary bill that would slash the funding for the VITA program in half from $15 million to $7.5 million. The House Appropriations Committee is marking up this bill on Thursday, and we need your help to ensure that...

Testify in Support of R.B. 7314, An Act Concerning a Tax on Certain Sweetened Beverages!

This Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., April the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee will hear testimony regarding Raised Bill No. 7314, An Act Concerning a Tax on Certain Sweetened Beverages. If passed, the bill would place a one cent tax on sugar sweetened beverages. The bill is intended to encourage consumers to...

Legislative Session Update

Most committees have wrapped up hearings in their contentious session. CAHS has testified in support of many bills relating to family economic success initiatives, including everything from early care and education to accessible and affordable higher education. The joint favorable deadlines for many committees have already passed and others are...


Sine Die! 2018 Legislative Session Recap

In accordance with our legislative goals for 2018, CAHS has been tracking legislation that reflects our agenda of empowering family economic success, generating economic growth, and ensuring state fiscal responsibility. This recap summarizes the state budget and other legislation passed this session.

February 2018 Care4Kids Update

The Care4Kids program re-opened on November 8th 2017 to waitlisted families. The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) reports that since November 8th: 6,794 Care4Kids applications have been mailed out to the waitlisted families including the priority groups. (A list of these priority groups was published in our last blog, check...

Update: Care4Kids Reopened to Families on Wait List

  After more than one year of declining enrollments since the temporary closure of the Care4Kids childcare subsidy, many eligible Connecticut families on the Care4Kids wait list can now enroll for the state’s primary child care support program, which provides crucial assistance for low-income working families. According to a press...
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