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CT sends more special education kids out of district than any other state: ‘It can’t be the only option’

July 5, 2024 •

By Alex Putterman,Staff writerJuly 5, 2024 A bus arrives at Brookfield High School on Monday morning. March 11, 2024. Brookfield, Conn.H John Voorhees III/Hearst Connecticut Media A recent federal complaint related to a chain of private special education schools has called attention to a surprising ...


Report: CT child education suffers in pandemic aftermath

June 11, 2024 •

Play A new report shows Connecticut has reduced the number of children in poverty and the number of children whose parents lack secure employment, and has fewer kids living in households with a high cost burden. (Adobe Stock)     Tuesday, June 11, 2024 A new report finds the well-being of ...


Hartford Public Schools relaunch day care for teen parents

April 3, 2024 •

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — After a three-year hiatus due to lack of funding, a day care is making a comeback for teen parents. Named “Little Owls,” the day care program was officially reopened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hartford High School. “A childcare opportunity...


With CT school suspensions and expulsions rising, bill aims to help

March 29, 2024 •

The proposed bill strips out the language describing some of the youngest learners as ‘violent’ or ‘sexual in nature’ In the 2022-23 school year, student expulsions in Connecticut increased by over 31% compared to the 2018-19 pre-pandemic year. Out-of-school suspensions increased by 14.4% st...


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...


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. ...


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...


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...


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...


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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