Because children cannot vote, they rely upon us to advocate for issues essential to their well-being. During every election cycle, Connecticut Voices for Children prepares a series of candidate briefing papers that discuss issues concerning child health, education, and well-being. We’ve posted these materials on our Election 2014 resource page. The topics include:
- Strengthening Economic Security for Connecticut Families.
- Providing Educational Opportunities for Every Child
- Investing in the Early Years: A Great Return for Kids and for Connecticut
- Strengthening HUSKY as a Cornerstone of Health Care for Connecticut's Children and Families
- Improving Care for Children and Youth in Connecticut's Child Welfare System
- Protecting Kids, Preventing Crime: Creating a Fair and Effective Juvenile Justice System
- Building a Modern Revenue System to Restore Investments in Kids
In addition, we’ve created a town data fact sheet that highlights indicators of child and family well-being and needs for support for each Connecticut city and town. Our Elections 2014 resource page also has links to lists of candidates and voter registration forms.
These are a few suggested steps that you can take as an individual to encourage greater discussion of the needs of Connecticut’s children and to make sure your voice is heard:
- Ask your local candidates about their positions on issues affecting children and families.
- Write a letter to the editor about your top priorities for Connecticut’s children and the policy steps that policymakers should take to address them.
- Verify that you are registered to vote and check on your polling place through the Secretary of State’s lookup tool.
- Vote for kids on November 4!