Voices from the Capitol


New CT law on kindergarten age cutoff causing confusion

February 18, 2024 •

School districts have different rules for waivers Moriah Lopez has a son who turned 4 in December, which previously would have meant that he would be eligible for kindergarten this fall. New legislation passed in 2023, however, now requires that kindergarten students be 5 years old by Sept. 1, ins...

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Lamont pushes additional $43 million education funding to state legislature

February 14, 2024 •

Gov. Ned Lamont urged the state legislature to increase early childhood education services by $43 million at the General Assembly in Hartford, Wednesday morning. The proposed increase would top the already approved $45 million designated for providing services like day care and education readiness. ...

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Lamont’s CT budget plan falls short of social service providers’ requests

February 8, 2024 •

The proposal includes modest investments in early child care, mental health care, homelessness outreach and staffing at prisons Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year invests in early childhood development, mental health care, outreach to the homeless and prison staffing. B...

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Report: CT early childhood education needs improvements

January 17, 2024 •

Play Child advocates feel early childhood education must be a top-of-mind issue for Connecticut lawmakers. A new report found early learning in the state is dogged by high costs to parents, low wages for staff, and other issues. Federal pandemic funds bolstered the flailing system for a time. Sin...

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CT DCP Adult Use Cannabis – CT Voices for Children – SustainableCT

January 14, 2024 •

Click below to hear the story This week marked the one-year anniversary of Connecticut launching its legal adult-use cannabis marketplace, so we’ll connect with a spokesperson from the agency overseeing that program to look back on year one, and give us some insight on how this marketplace wil...

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Connecticut families face growing barriers to Early Childhood Education

January 11, 2024 •

Connecticut families are having a harder time accessing early childhood education opportunities. Rising costs, few openings, and an overtaxed industry are forcing families to find other ways to care for their children. According to a local children’s advocacy organization, this is a problem for ch...

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Child care, preschool slots for CT children are dropping, report says

January 9, 2024 •

The report says the number of preschool slots alone has dropped 4% from 2022, to the lowest number since at least 2005 Three- and 4-year-old students play while Michelle James, left, executive director of community action agency of western Connecticut, and Mini Santosh, child care director at Action...

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Immigrant families suffer in CT’s child care crisis. A report says universal funding could fix that

January 9, 2024 •

LISTEN • 2:02 Tony Spinelli / Connecticut Public FILE: Teachers, Childcare workers, families and Stamford residents gather to rally for early educators at the Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County in Stamford, CT. March 8, 2023. Connecticut’s high childcare costs rank third ...

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The search for innovative solutions to women’s economic insecurity in Connecticut

November 29, 2023 •

LISTEN • 49:00 1 of 3 Disrupted host Khalilah Brown-Dean hosted a panel discussion at Quinnipiac University on November 14, 2023, discussing the economic inequities women face. From left to right: Khalilah Brown-Dean, host of Disrupted; Karen DuBois-Walton, President of Elm City Communities;...

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Torrington forum discusses solutions to childcare challenges

October 17, 2023 •

TORRINGTON — Affordable childcare for all. It’s a popular phrase. But the answers to this growing challenge for families nationwide continue to elude lawmakers and prompted Gov. Ned Lamont to seek a real solution.In March, Lamont authorized Beth Bye, commissioner of the state Office of Early...

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