Early Childhood Educators in Crisis

Early childhood educators are in crisis, according to the latest annual report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley. The report, published on June 27th, details the characteristics of and conditions facing the early educator workforce across the nation, and on a state-by-state level.

The report finds that across the nation, low wages for child care workers, rising childcare costs, and deep disparities in compensation mean that those charged with taking care of and educating our children are often struggling to support their own families.

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Annie E. Casey's 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book Released

The 29th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT® Data Book was released today. Keep reading to see how Connecticut stacks up against the rest of the nation on key measures of child well-being. 

Click here to read the full data book. 

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CAHS in the Community June 2018

This month, CAHS had a number of engagements around the state of Connecticut. As a nonprofit focused on supporting working families, it's important to connect with members of the community and partner with other organizations that have the same goals as us; a Connecticut where children and families have ample opportunity to achieve economic success. 

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June 2018 News Updates

This month's newsletter featured stories such as Save the Children's "End of Childhood" report, a new report by EARN detailing the benefits of using a checking account, and a ProPublica report that outlines Free File and how it can create savings for almost 70% of taxpayers.  

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Care4Kids April Update

CAHS is continuing to track the Care4Kids enrollment data, where the program seeks to restore its enrollment levels from before the program closed to new enrollment. 

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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.
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February 2018 Care4Kids Update

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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 it out.) 
  • 666 applications have been returned
  • 3,259 removed from waitlist due to no reply back
  • 1,440 certificates were granted
  • 594 were denied, not eligible
  • 732 are still under review
  • 769 to still be returned

According to the OEC, all of these families have also been sent letters inviting them to apply. New families are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible!

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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 release from the office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) will reopen of the program to families on the wait list, effective immediately. 

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2017 Race for Results Report Shows that Not All Children in Connecticut Reap the Benefits of the State’s Investment in Education, Health, and Family Economic Security

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children shows that while Connecticut’s children of color surpass national averages in most measurements of health, economic well-being, education, and family and community, stark disparities remain between Hispanic and African-American children, and their non-Hispanic White counterparts, especially in the areas of education and poverty.

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Statewide Multi-Year & Month-by-Month Comparison

UPDATE: Statewide Multi-Year and Month-by-Month Comparison

As the one-year anniversary impact of the Care4Kids program closure was showcased from August 2016 – August 2017 last month, the Connecticut Association for Human Services completed a 3-year comparison, as well as a month-by-month evaluation of the rapid decrease in Care4Kids child care subsidy slots since August 2016.

 

Due to changes to the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in August 2016, the program has gradually closed to all new enrollees but those receiving TANF. As children continue to age out of the program, low-income child care slots continue to drop with no new enrollments coming into Care4Kids. Since August 2016 with no enrollments for the Care4Kids, the problem continues to worsen. Click here to read more about what caused the Care4Kids crisis.

 

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