Connecticut Voices For Children

Our Mission

We provide trusted, quality research, recommendations and advocacy that advance public policy and investments to improve the well-being of Connecticut’s children and families, specifically those that have been historically disadvantaged.

All Connecticut children can reach their full potential when we embrace diverse identities and remove barriers to well-being.

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Family Economic Security

Today, the state’s income and wealth divides are greater than ever, but so much of a child’s well-being is rooted in family economic security. Children cannot thrive unless families do, which is why Connecticut Voices conducts research and analysis as well as works with stakeholders and partners to co-create recommendations and advance advocacy that support housing, criminal justice, and employment as well as the intersectional issues of health, child welfare, and education.

Fiscal & Economics

Budgets are a clear reflection of what and who we value. Connecticut Voices identifies and advocates for investments in children and families as the primary budget priority, but we also conduct research and work with stakeholders and partners to co-create recommendations and advance advocacy that support inclusive growth and a fair tax system within the state.

Emerging Issues

The world and state are changing rapidly and we recognize that to keep up with the pace of these changes, we must be nimble and adapt, and address issues and emergencies when they arise, which is why Connecticut Voices identifies new, timely issues and conducts research and analysis as well as works with stakeholders and partners to co-create recommendations and advance advocacy that are of the most emergent import to the well-being of the state’s children and families.

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - September 6, 2022

2022 State of Working Connecticut

Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “2022 State of Working Connecticut.” The report provides a detailed overview of Connecticut’s labor market and provides several recommendations to address issues with Connecticut’s employment situation and its wage growth, inequality, and gaps.

2022 SOWC - Executive Summary 2022 SOWC - Just Facts 2022 SOWC - Report

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - June 27, 2022

The State of Early Childhood: Equity of Access for Immigrant and Refugee Families

Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report,The State of Early Childhood: Equity of Access for Immigrant and Refugee Families.” Early Care and Education (ECE) is a critical service for children and families, with documented short- and long-term benefits beyond school readiness or achievement. In Connecticut in 2019, approximately one in 3.6 children was part of an immigrant family. The report, which examines the experiences of immigrant and refugee families in accessing early child care, outlines 12 policy recommendations to extend and expand access, increase funding, and reduce barriers to early care for both immigrant and refugee families.

2022 SOEC 2022 SOEC Just Facts

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - June 21, 2022

2022 Candidate Briefing Book

Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “The 2022 Candidate Briefing Book.” Designed to provide a snapshot of helpful research and data for Connecticut residents and candidates running for political office this election cycle, this document lays the foundation for what we’re calling the Connecticut Families Plan, which we first mentioned in January of 2022. Due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our health and economy these past two-plus years, this “Book” should be viewed in tandem with our Issue Briefing Book 2020-2022, which was published in July of 2020.

2022 Candidate Briefing Book 2022 Candidate Briefing Book - Executive Summary

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  • May 5, 2022 | Education, Education & Employment, Emerging Issues, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice

    2022 Legislative Summary

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