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, so much of a child’s well-being is rooted in family economic security. Children cannot thrive unless families do, which is why CT Voices conducts research and analysis as well as partners with stakeholders to co-create policy recommendations and advance legislative advocacy that support affordable housing, criminal and foster youth justice, fair employment with a focus on the early care sector, and tax reform.

Fiscal & Economics

Budgets are a clear reflection of what and who we value. CT Voices identifies and advocates for investments in children and families and their financial security as the primary budget priority, but we also conduct research and analysis as well as partner with stakeholders to co-create policy recommendations and advance legislative advocacy that support inclusive economic growth all around, and income and wealth equity nationally.

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 CT Voices leaves room to identify new, timely issues that are of the most emergent import to the well-being of the state’s children and families.

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - March 20, 2024

Cost and Distributional Analysis of CT’s Film Industry Tax Credits

Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, Cost and Distributional Analysis of CT’s Film Industry Tax Credits,” which examines the economic efficacy of Connecticut’s film industry tax credits. Given the state’s limited financial resources, the report recommends eliminating CT’s film industry tax credits and utilizing the savings to provide immediate relief for low- and middle-income families through the implementation of a state-level child tax credit.

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - January 25, 2024

23rd Tax & Budget Forum Reports - CT Child Tax Credit & CT Baby Bonds

Connecticut Voices for Children released two reports in coordination with our 23rd Tax & Budget Forum.  Both reports encompass research and data on supporting the economic well-being of Connecticut’s families and children; however, one report provides an Overview of the CT Child Tax Credit and the other report provides an Overview of the CT Baby Bonds. Each report highlights how income and wealth equity policies are integral to eradicate poverty and advance family economic security.

CTC Executive Summary

CTC Report - 23rd Tax & Budget Forum

Baby Bonds Executive Summary

Baby Bonds Report - 23rd Tax & Budget Forum

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - January 17, 2024

Fostering Stable Homes: Tackling Housing Displacement For a Stronger Connecticut

Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “Fostering Stable Homes: Tackling Housing Displacement For a Stronger Connecticut.” The report completes a housing arc from last year by providing a deeper dive on the eviction crisis in Connecticut and expands our view to include foreclosures and homelessness. We specifically look at how our state’s restrictive land-use and zoning leads to the increased displacement of renters and homeowners as well as provide policy recommendations that would mitigate displacement.

Fostering Stable Homes - Just Facts

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - January 9, 2024

The 2023 State of Early Childhood: A Response to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care and a Continuation of Spotlighting Disenfranchised Populations

Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “The 2023 State of Early Childhood: A Response to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care and a Continuation of Spotlighting Disenfranchised Populations.” This report continues the arc of our past three SOEC reports with a specific focus on children with special needs. Our recommendations in this SOEC report mirror the those by the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care.

2023 SOEC - Report

2023 SOEC - Just Facts

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