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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The Earned Income Tax Credit Helps Connecticut's Working Families

The proposed cuts to Connecticut’s Earned Income Tax Credit amount to a $75 Million tax on Connecticut’s working families. Now is the time for greater investment in our working families, to continue to reduce poverty statewide and in our communities.

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Care4Kids Update Slots Decreasing Rapidly

UPDATE: Care4Kids Slots Decreasing Rapidly
In August 2017, there are 14,955 low-income child care subsidy slots available in Connecticut, which is 8,002 fewer than last year in August 2016. As it is evident, losses were felt across the state due to the rapid decrease of the number of available child care slots. This means 8,002 fewer children are being served through the Care4Kids child care subsidy for low-income working families. Use this interactive map to investigate how many Care4Kids slots were lost in your town and statewide.
 

 

 

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Foster Care & Transition-Age Youth in Foster Care in Connecticut

Children are placed in foster care when a child protective services worker and the court have determined it is not safe for them to remain home. In 2015, nearly 428,000 children were in foster care nationwide; 3,908 of these children were Connecticut residents. The following brief details information from FY 2015 on foster care in the state. This data is available thanks to new reports from Child Trends, a nationally focused nonprofit research organization focused on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families.

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Child Trends Data Brief: Child Maltreatment in Connecticut

Child maltreatment, which includes both neglect and abuse, is associated with many negative outcomes, including physical injuries, psychological problems, and in extreme cases, death. In 2015, almost 700,000 nationwide children were found to be victims of maltreatment; 6,970 of these were children in Connecticut. The following brief details information from FY 2015 on child maltreatment in the state. This data is available thanks to new reports from Child Trends, a nationally focused nonprofit research organization focused on improving the lives and prospects of children, youth, and their families.

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Care4Kids Policy Brief and Update

In order to understand how the August 2016 changes to the Care4Kids program have affected child care providers, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance and the Connecticut Association for Human Services recently disseminated an online survey to providers around the state. With a sample size of 191 respondents, our survey offers a snap shot of the experiences of child care providers. The Care4Kids Policy Brief details how child care providers and the families they serve are coping with the substantial cuts to Care4Kids, and how they will fare if funding is not restored to this vital program. The brief also contains the updated July numbers regarding the drop in Care4Kids enrollment since last year and an interactive map of where Care4Kids subsidies were lost.

We appreciate the participation of the child care providers who responded to this survey and hope that this policy brief can be an actionable resource for those who continue to advocate for high-quality early childhood care throughout Connecticut. Please feel free to share this brief within your own networks.

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Action Alert: Calling for Stories in Defense of Vital Human Services Programs

On Monday, with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman casting the tie-breaking vote, the State Senate narrowly passed the union’s concessions deal that had earlier been accepted by the House.  The measure, which was ratified by unionized state employees in July, is projected to save the state $1.5 billion over two years. However, while the concessions outlined in the deal will shore up some of the estimated $5 billion estimated deficit over the next two years, budget uncertainties persist as cuts to some of Connecticut’s crucial human services programs remain on the line.

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Despite Union Concessions Agreement, Budget Uncertainty and Threats to Programs Persist

After months of negotiations, unionized state employees voted to ratify a concessions deal estimated to save the state $1.57 billion over two years, as announced Tuesday morning by the State Employees Bargain Agent Coalition (SEBAC). The concession package, which was negotiated by the administration of Governor Malloy over the course of more than six months, includes a three-year wage freeze, three furlough days and the escalation of employee contributions to health and pension benefits, among other concessions. However, even as a press release from the Governor’s office praised the cooperation of state workers in approving the deal, the future of Connecticut’s budget remains uncertain while some of the state’s essential programs are in jeopardy of being eliminated. Here’s why the concessions agreement does not signal an end to Connecticut’s budget crisis:

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