Voices from the Capitol


National study assesses state standing for child welfare, including successes and struggles

July 20, 2021 •

(WTNH) — In a recent national study, Connecticut ranked 8th for child welfare. In fact, the state is #1 in the number of young children enrolled in school. However, the results are a pre-pandemic “snapshot” of where the state is doing well and where we are at risk. The study, run by The Annie ...

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Sen. Chris Murphy, others reintroduce legislation to increase counselors in schools

June 17, 2021 •

A Connecticut politician is proposing federal legislation to prioritize resources for counselors — before police — in schools. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., with colleagues in the Senate and House, is reintroducing The Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act, which directs billions in federa...

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Comparing minimum wage to the cost of living in every state

June 10, 2021 •

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, a rate that has not gone up since 2009. As the current wage stagnates, its purchasing power erodes against inflation. The average living wage today—defined as an income threshold that provides basic shelter and food and keeps a person above the poverty ...

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Editorial: CT must explore role of police in schools

June 1, 2021 •

A candid debate over assigning police officers to schools is overdue in Connecticut. Like the best debate topics, this is not an easy one. The impulse in some quarters to expel police as a backlash against law enforcement would be inappropriate. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, a flurry of maj...

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Report: Pandemic deepened longtime problems in early education, opening doors to structural change

May 29, 2021 •

Child care has long operated on precarious economic footing, but the pandemic pushed the industry to the brink. Before the pandemic, Connecticut faced a shortage of 50,000 infant and toddler child care slots, meeting the need of just a third of young children, the state has estimated. Care was unaf...

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Connecticut’s Child Care Crisis Continues

May 17, 2021 •

Click Here for Video Clip Connecticut was already 50,000 child care slots short before the pandemic. Now it’s at 72% of its pre-pandemic capacity. With parents headed back to the office, a new report looks at whether they will be able to afford to go back to work or find a slot. “Connecticut has...

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20% of Connecticut child care centers have closed since COVID-19, and preschool capacity has dropped, posing challenges as workers return to their jobs

May 17, 2021 •

About 20% of Connecticut’s child care centers have permanently closed since the coronavirus pandemic, and preschool capacity has dropped by more than 10,000 slots since 2020, leaders of the nonprofit Connecticut Voices for Children said Monday as they released a new report on early childhood durin...

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Call for Comprehensive Reform of Childcare, Post-COVID

May 17, 2021 •

Connecticut Voices for Children (CT Voices) released a report that examines the structural barriers to access, quality, and stability of early child care in Connecticut. The report, “The State of Early Childhood During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” offers six short-term and seven long-term recommendat...

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