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2022 State of Working Connecticut

Publication Date: September 6th, 2022 • Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.; Lin Kabachia, M.P.P.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “2022 State of Working Connecticut.” The report provides a detailed overview of Connecticut’s labor market and provides several recommendations to address issues with Connecticut’s employment situation and its wage growth, inequality, and gaps.

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The State of Early Childhood: Equity of Access for Immigrant and Refugee Families

Publication Date: June 28th, 2022 • Emerging Issues, Employment & Education
Authors: Daron Cyr, M.Ed.; Lin Kabachia, M.P.P.; Emily Leen; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.; Jasmine Cruz, M.B.A.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “The State of Early Childhood: Equity of Access for Immigrant and Refugee Families.” Early Care and Education (ECE) is a critical service for children and families, with documented short- and long-term benefits beyond school readiness or achievement. In Connecticut in 2019, approximately one in 3.6 children was part of an immigrant family. The report, which examines the experiences of immigrant and refugee families in accessing early child care, outlines 12 policy recommendations to extend and expand access, increase funding, and reduce barriers to early care for both immigrant and refugee families.

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2022 Candidate Briefing Book

Publication Date: June 21st, 2022 • Emerging Issues, Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.; Samaila Adelaiye, Ph.D.; Lin Kabachia, M.P.P.; Sana Shah, M.S.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “The 2022 Candidate Briefing Book.” Designed to provide a snapshot of helpful research and data for Connecticut residents and candidates running for political office this election cycle, this document lays the foundation for what we’re calling the Connecticut Families Plan, which we first mentioned in January of 2022. Due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our health and economy these past two-plus years, this “Book” should be viewed in tandem with our Issue Briefing Book 2020-2022, which was published in July of 2020.

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Protecting or Pushing Out: The Prevalence and Impact of School Resource Officers in Connecticut

Publication Date: December 21st, 2021 • Employment & Education, Rights & Justice
Authors: Samaila Adelaiye, Ph.D.; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report, “Protecting or Pushing Out: The Prevalence and Impact of School Resource Officers in Connecticut,” which finds evidence that SROs increased exclusionary discipline for students of color, and failed to find evidence that SROs make schools safer. The report is particularly significant in that it helps grow the limited literature on the impact of SROs in Connecticut. To support the state create safer and more equitable schools for Connecticut’s children the report outlines eight recommendations.

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Reimagining Connecticut’s Special Education Systems for a Post-Pandemic Future

Publication Date: November 15th, 2021 • Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics
Authors: Daniel Curtis

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report, “Reimagining Connecticut’s Special Education Systems for a Post-Pandemic Future,” which examines Connecticut’s special education systems and discovered Connecticut’s methods of funding and delivering special education services are insufficient, ineffective, and inequitable. Additionally, the report explores the loss of learning experienced by special education students due to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlines policies that will help build a more adequate, effective, and equitable education system.

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2021 Legislative Session in Review

Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021 • Emerging Issues, Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Lauren Ruth, Ph.D., Patrick O'Brien, Ph.D.; Sana Shah, M.S.; Erin Sheehan; Emily Byrne, M.P.A.

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The Connecticut General Assembly passed an historic budget and accompanying policies this legislative session.  While we are disappointed that fair revenue measures to correct our regressive tax system were not passed, we celebrate the increase of the state EITC to 30.5%, inclusive state CTC language should Congress not enact a permanent expansion, and a plethora of policies that advance economic justice.  As is our custom, we’ve laid out our take in our “2021 Legislative Session in Review.“

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The State of Early Childhood During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Publication Date: May 16th, 2021 • Employment & Education
Authors: Sarah Miller

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report, “The State of Early Childhood During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which offers a total of six short-term and seven long-term recommendations Connecticut can use to reimagine the child care industry as an essential public service and infrastructure in order to address the longstanding barriers to the sector—exacerbated by the pandemic—and that get us closer to universal access to high-quality child care.

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More Than a Health Crisis: Long-Term Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Connecticut Youth and Families

Publication Date: April 20th, 2021 • Emerging Issues, Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice
Authors: Ryan Wilson

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report, “More Than a Health Crisis: Long-Term Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Connecticut Youth and Families,” which analyzes the impact of the pandemic on employment, basic needs, and education and outlines the necessity of prioritizing the safety and stability of Connecticut’s youth and families in the state’s recovery planning to avoid long-term economic harm. In order to understand the severity of the pandemic-induced recession on Connecticut’s youth and families, the report examines data collected between August 19, 2020 and March 1, 2021 from the U.S. Census Bureau’s weekly Household Pulse Surveys and compares the data against national trends. The report enumerates six overarching recommendations.

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Impact of Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Increase on Access to Benefits for Working Families

Publication Date: February 22nd, 2021 • Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing
Authors: Jaclyn Willner, J.D.; Armelle Casau, Ph.D.; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report that analyzes where increases in minimum wage may have unanticipated effects on some families’ receipt of benefits and hinder families with children from gaining economic mobility, despite increases in their income. The report entitled, “Impact of Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Increase on Access to Benefits for Working Families” outlines 10 policy solutions to mitigate the impacts of benefits cliffs—when a small wage increase leads to a significant reduction in public benefits. Benefits cliffs inadvertently worsen a family’s economic security, stifle economic growth by keeping individuals from participating in the workforce, and disproportionately impact women and people of color.

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Separate & Unequal: The Interactive Effects of Housing and Education Policies on School Segregation in Connecticut

Publication Date: October 15th, 2020 • Employment & Education, Health & Housing
Authors: Erin Sheehan, Legislation and Data Analyst; Ryan Wilson, Research and Policy Associate; Armelle Casau, Ph.D., Guest Researcher

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a report entitled, “Separate & Unequal: The Interactive Effects of Housing and Education Policies on School Segregation in Connecticut,” which examines how residential segregation in Connecticut—and the subsequent educational segregation—persists due to ongoing racial discrimination, current town zoning ordinances, and school district boundaries. Find out how Connecticut’s housing and education policies disrupt opportunities for investments in Black and Latinx communities and what we can do to make the state more equitable.

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