Vision & Mission

We envision a Connecticut where all children have an opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Connecticut Voices for Children is a “think and do” tank. We advance our mission through high-quality research and policy, the development of the next generation of thinkers and doers as well as strategic communications and establishment of a sustainable and powerful
voice for children.

Our Policy Priorities

  • Thriving Children & Families

    Children do well when families do well. Connecticut Voices advocates for solutions that build healthy children and families, such as integrated community health services, prevention-focused programs, and the elimination of policies and practices that unjustly punish Black and Brown children and families.

  • Educational Excellence

    All children in Connecticut deserve access to a high-quality education that supports their development from birth through college and career. Connecticut Voices supports educational policies and practices that reduce the predictability of student outcomes based on race and other demographics.

  • Fiscal Policy & Economic Inclusion

    Budgets are a clear reflection of what and who we value as a state. Connecticut Voices identifies investments in children as the primary budget priority but we also advocate for a fair and adequate tax system that supports state budget investments in the well-being of families and promotes inclusive growth within our state’s economy.

  • Advancing Equity & Opportunity

    Connecticut Voices identifies children and families most at risk and advocates for research-based policies that advance equity and opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, geography, or family structure.

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Research & Policy

To foster policy changes, Connecticut Voices conducts research on a variety of challenges facing Connecticut’s children and families, including but not limited to education, health, housing, rights, justice, family economic security as well as tax and budget topics. We co-create policy recommendations with partners and share our knowledge with interested parties. We host informational forums that bring Connecticut and national leaders together to share “best practice” thinking on a variety of policy issues. Our research & policy reports are widely cited by community-based organizations, elected officials, and news media.

Leadership Development

We actively build the leadership of and rely on the next generation of thinkers and doers. The Associate Policy & Research Fellowship Program at Connecticut Voices offers full-time positions to exceptional recent college graduates with a strong interest in advancing public policy to benefit children and youth. Our innovative partnerships with Yale Law School, Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health, and talented college and graduate students across the state provides hands-on experience to students who desire a range of experiences in policy analysis and advocacy.

Partnership & Advocacy

We work through partnerships to share knowledge and collaborate where it makes sense. A strong supporter of working through coalitions, Connecticut Voices is a founding member of the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance, the CT Early Childhood Alliance, and Better Choices for CT. We also coordinate the Covering Connecticut’s Kids and Families Coalition. At the national level, Connecticut Voices is a state partner with a number of organizations that share our vision. But because policy change is often possible only through legislation, Connecticut Voices works to advance — through the Connecticut General Assembly and state agencies — the sound policy and budget choices necessary for the health and well-being of our youngest residents and their families, and Connecticut’s future.

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