Voices from the Capitol


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...

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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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Challenges to reentering the workforce after jailtime hurts families, report says

August 24, 2023 •

Click HERE to listen to the article. Connecticut’s justice-impacted population could help solve the state’s labor shortage — but only if they receive better support, according to a report from advocacy group Connecticut Voices for Children. The report cited low wages, educational barriers, acc...

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Report: CT’s Former Prison Population Needs Workforce Re-Entry Help

August 23, 2023 •

Play A new report found the state of Connecticut needs to do more for its recently released prison population. The Connecticut Voices for Children report showed most jobs available for this population do not provide a sustainable income, and the state’s labor shortage following the COVID-19 ...

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Prioritizing reentry from prison will boost CT’s economy, report says

August 22, 2023 •

Staff at reentry centers told researchers they would likely have to shut down in 2024 unless the state provides additional funding To combat a workforce shortage that continues to plague Connecticut, a leading child advocacy group is recommending that the state turn to people leaving incarceration t...

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Report Highlights Barriers for Post-Prison Employment

August 22, 2023 •

Connecticut needs to remove barriers that make it harder for people to obtain better paying jobs once they are released from prison, Connecticut Voices for Children said in a new report Tuesday. CT Voices said certain policy and education barriers limit the career options for people once they’ve s...

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CT Ranks 9th in U.S. in Children’s Well-Being Overall, But Inaccessible, Unaffordable Child Care Pushes Parents to Breaking Point, Hurts Economic Growth

June 20, 2023 •

The number of children living in poverty in Connecticut has decreased. However, the lack of affordable and accessible child care and Connecticut’s slower economic recovery have contributed to declining family economic security when compared to other states in the nation. That’s according to the ...

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There’s an extreme need for affordable child care in Connecticut, the 2023 Kids Count report says

June 16, 2023 •

Connecticut Public Radio | By Lesley Cosme Torres Published June 16, 2023 at 4:21 PM EDT Connecticut ranks ninth in the country for overall child well-being, a drop from the state’s seventh-place ranking last year. That’s according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advo...

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2023 Kids Count report: Where does CT rank in child well-being?

June 14, 2023 •

Connecticut’s 9th place ranking in the annual Kids Count report is a drop of two places from last year Connecticut was ranked 9th in the nation on child well-being in an annual report released Wednesday, with a need for more affordable child care and a static poverty rate among the factors that le...

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Report: CT Children Need Health, Education Investments

June 14, 2023 •

Click HERE to listen to the article. Investments in education and health are needed to bolster Connecticut’s children, a new annual report found. In the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book, the state’s overall ranking for child well-being has slightly declined in the...

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