CAHS advances our mission to end poverty by reaching out in the community, educating stakeholders and policy makers, convening partners, and advocating for policy change at the state and federal level.
The CT Money School (CMS) has provided free financial workshops for adults and seniors in Connecticut since 2009. To date, over 3,500 people have attended our workshops at over 75 sites statewide. Connecticut Money School is easily accessible in locations such as libraries, community centers and other community-based organizations throughout Hartford, New Haven and Fairfield counties. Workshops can be offered in Spanish and several other languages.
The Youth Money School offers financial education for teens and young adults, including workshops on budgeting, credit, and paying for college.
In partnership with the IRS and local community organizations, CAHS coordinates an annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) campaign across Fairfield, New Haven, New London, Middlesex, and Litchfield Counties. A national program, VITA provides free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate-income individuals and families earning less than $51,000 a year.
Advocate to improve policy that will help move families out of poverty to economic security. Policy areas include: improved access to benefits, work supports, early care and education, health care, workforce training and skills development, financial education, and predatory lending.
- Mobilize the Family Economic Success Network, a coalition of direct providers, advocates, and individuals committed to help families move out of poverty to economic security through email blasts newsletters, and convenings.
- Hold a leadership role in the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, a coalition of organizations committed to ensure that all children are ready for school.
- Participates in the campaign for Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML).
- State partner in the Working Poor Families Project.
Provide reliable, comprehensive, timely data and analysis on how well Connecticut's children are doing at the state and local levels. CT KIDS COUNT is one of 50 state-level KIDS COUNT projects, funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Inform decision-makers through policy reports; provide information to the community about financial education, food and nutrition resources, and programs across the state that help people.