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Fred McKinney (opinion): A reliable rate of return on early childhood education

The following op-ed was featured in CT Insider. One of the major contributions Nobel Prize laureate and University of Chicago economist James Heckman made to American society is his groundbreaking work on the rate of return on early childhood education. His studies and those inspired by his research...

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Paul Choiniere (opinion): Diverse advocacy groups agree on what ails Connecticut

This op-ed was featured in The Day. ———- When you have the head of a business association and a researcher for a progressive think tank pointing toward the same solutions to improve Connecticut’s economy and provide more opportunities for its citizens, the building blocks for co...

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Giving Connecticut Children an Equity Boost, from Birth

March 5, 2023 •

This op-ed was published in Connecticut by the Numbers. However, it was originally published as testimony provided to the state legislature’s Appropriations Committee.    Poverty is a policy choice. A wide body of research tell us that the difference between financial security and poverty is...

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We Stand with Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

September 23, 2022 •

Traducción al Español Resilient is a word that’s too often used to described communities of color. These past few years have been especially exhausting—necessitating more effort, more grace to push through the day. In spite of it all, we rise every morning and persevere. While we know lif...

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2022 Legislative Wrap-up!

May 5, 2022 •

Dear Voices Community – The 2022 legislative session has concluded! This year, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a FY23 budget adjustment that provides unprecedented support to the state’s hardworking families. We are pleased to report that a number of the policies we have fought f...

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Kristin Reese: I witness how poverty harms children. Connecticut can change that.

April 2, 2022 •

This op-ed was featured in the Hartford Courant on April 2, 2022. “Thank you so much. You don’t know how badly I need this money. I’m a single mom, I have three kids, my son’s birthday is next month and there are bills to pay.” As both a pediatrician and volunteer tax preparer, I witness t...

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It Is Our Stories That Connect Us

April 19, 2021 • Budget and Tax

“The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.” – Bell Hooks On June 5, 2020, my friends and I joined thousands of other protestors, fis...

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Connecticut Voices for Children Welcomes Leonard Jahad and Garth Harries to the Board

October 28, 2020 •

Dear Voices Community – I’m delighted to announce our newest board members: Leonard Jahad and Garth Harries! Leonard Jahad is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Violence Intervention Program (CT-VIP), where he supervises a team of outreach workers that mentor at-risk youth in New Have...

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Counselors Not Cops

Within the past year and a half, Connecticut Voices for Children has examined the factors that contribute to students facing punishment, exclusionary discipline, and arrest in school and the efficacy and prevalence of  School Resource Officers (SROs) in Connecticut. Through our research we’ve dis...

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Guest Post: Census 2020 – Connecticut’s avoidable fiscal problem

February 25, 2020 • Emerging Issues, Fiscal and Employment

This op-ed was first published in the Connecticut Mirror. Connecticut is at risk of missing out on billions of dollars of federal revenue it should rightfully receive.  The reason: many state residents will needlessly be undercounted in the upcoming Census. Why is Connecticut poised for an undercou...

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