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

Back • Publication Date: June 27th, 2022

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.