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2024 Candidate Briefing Book

Publication Date: June 13th, 2024 • Emerging Issues, Employment & Education, Fiscal & Economics, Health & Housing, Rights & Justice, Tax Reform
Authors: Carmen N. Clarkin, MPH, Research & Policy Associate; Patrick R. O’Brien, Ph.D. Research & Policy Director; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D. Research & Policy Director; Emily Byrne M.P.A. Executive Director; Nick Teeling, Advocacy Deputy Director; Eli Sabin, Legislative Coordinator; Carla B Abdo-Katsipis, Ph.D. Research & Policy Fellow; Rachel Diaz, MPH, Health Policy Intern; and Samaila Adelaiye, Ph.D. Research & Policy Fellow with Partnership for Strong Communities

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report titled, “2024 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 extends the issues undergirding our broad vision toward economic justice and our specific aim of eradicating child poverty and advancing family economic security–we call this strategy the Connecticut Families Plan. First elevated in January of 2022, the Connecticut Families Plan seeks to put more money in the pockets of hardworking families, build a strong and diverse workforce, create more affordable housing in every town across the state, and ensuring every zip code has safe and healthy communities. Due to the lingering impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, this “Book” may be viewed in tandem with our Issue Briefing Book 2020-2022, which was published in July of 2020 and the 2022 Candidate Briefing, which was published in June of 2022.

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The 2023 State of Early Childhood: A Response to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care and a Continuation of Spotlighting Disenfranchised Populations

Publication Date: January 9th, 2024 • Early Childhood Education & Care, Employment & Education
Authors: Carla B. Abdo-Katsipis, Ph.D.; Lauren K. Ruth, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “The 2023 State of Early Childhood: A Response to the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care and a Continuation of Spotlighting Disenfranchised Populations.” This report continues the arc of our past three SOEC reports with a specific focus on children with special needs. Our recommendations in this SOEC report mirror the those by the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care.

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State of Working Connecticut – 2023

Publication Date: September 6th, 2023 • Employment & Education, Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released its annual report examining “The State of Working Connecticut.” This report, which provides a detailed overview of Connecticut’s labor market, provides policy options to support Connecticut’s economy and workers in four broad categories: housing, justice, employment, and taxation.

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Rolling Boulders Uphill: Rethinking Reentry Wage and Policy Barriers Will Benefit Connecticut’s Communities and Economy

Publication Date: August 21st, 2023 • Criminal Legal System Reform, Employment & Education
Authors: Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “Rolling Boulders Uphill: Rethinking Reentry Wage and Policy Barriers Will Benefit Connecticut’s Communities and Economy.” The report focuses on employment options for people with criminal legal system involvement seeking to reenter the workforce during a period of low unemployment and worker shortages nationwide. In publishing this report, we hope to help policymakers make decisions regarding reentry programs and policies.

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2023 Legislative Summary

Publication Date: June 26th, 2023 • Affordable Housing, Criminal Legal System Reform, Employment & Education, Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.; Lauren Ruth, Ph.D.; Samaila Adelaiye, Ph.D.; Sana Shah, M.S.; Eli Sabin; Nick Teeling; Emily Byrne, M.P.A.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report, “2023 Legislative Summary.” The document provides a high-level review of the bills our organization supported this session. While a number of other bills passed both chambers of the General Assembly, and countless others were proposed, it’s important to note that this document only includes the bills that we submitted testimony on during the public hearing process and/or tracked from the beginning to the end. Each section enumerates these bills in numerical order, starting with House bills then Senate bills. Lastly, we want to acknowledge that our successes are a result of deep community partnership with values-aligned people, organizations and coalitions who showed up every week in myriad ways this legislative session. Although there are too many to name—you know who you are—THANK YOU.

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The Employment Situation in Connecticut – December 2022

Publication Date: January 24th, 2023 • Employment & Education, Tax Reform
Authors: Patrick R. O'Brien, Ph.D.

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Connecticut Voices for Children released a new publication, “The Employment Situation in Connecticut – December 2022.” This publication is part of a series of short, monthly briefs that provide a snapshot of Connecticut employment. Using U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, we are providing an overview of employment status in the U.S. and Connecticut by major demographic group, which no other organization in Connecticut currently provides on a monthly basis. We are also providing an overview of the change in total nonfarm employment in the U.S. and Connecticut as well as the change in nonfarm employment by major sector in Connecticut.

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2022 State of Working Connecticut

Publication Date: September 6th, 2022 • Employment & Education, Tax Reform
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 • Affordable Housing, Criminal Legal System Reform, Emerging Issues, Employment & Education, Tax Reform
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 • Criminal Legal System Reform, Employment & Education
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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