Changes Coming to the Office of Early Childhood, DCF
You may have seen the email that the Alliance sent out last Wednesday, with an article from the Hartford Courant announcing a change to the CT Office of Early Childhood. Each incoming administration decides who it wants to lead various departments, and last week, news came of a familiar name chosen to lead the CT Office of Early Childhood. On January 9, Senator Beth Bye will not take the oath of office for the 5th Senate District, but will begin the process of becoming the newest commissioner of the OEC (she will need to go through a confirmation process). This now puts the 5th Senate seat back in play for a special election. Several names have been put forth as potential candidates - this CT Mirror story breaks down the race to fill the seat. To read more about Beth's appointment, click HERE. Photo - Sen. Bye named a 2018 Children's Champion by the CT Early Childhood Alliance.
Governor-Elect Lamont has also appointed a new Commissioner to the Department of Children and Families. Vanessa Dorantes is currently a DCF administrator, working in the Waterbury-Danbury-Torrington region. She is one of six regional DCF administrators and has worked in the DCF system since 1992. The Hartford Courant profiled Dorantes, who, like Beth Bye, will have to go through the confirmation process. Click HERE to learn more about her.
The CT Mirror published a story on legislators who have taken new positions within the Lamont Administration. In total, three senators (Bye, Gerratana and Larson) and two representatives (Albis and Soto) have been appointed to new jobs within the administration. Senators Bye and Larson will need legislative confirmation.Read more
QRIS Presentation from Alliance Meeting Available
Michelle Levy of the CT Office of Early Childhood presented on the Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS) at our December Alliance meeting - her presentation is attached. As expected, there were a lot of questions and we ran out of time to answer them all. The QRIS document itself may be ready by the end of the year for review. The presentation is available HERE and we have set up a Google form for questions to be submitted and answered by the OEC.Read more
Alliance Meeting Features Presentation on QRIS Plan
On Thursday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the CT Early Childhood Alliance will hold its monthly meeting at Graustein Memorial Fund in Hamden. Our guest presenter will be Michelle Levy from the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to talk about the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) plan. Non-members are allowed to attend two meetings of the Alliance before considering membership. If you would like to attend the December meeting and see what the Alliance is about, please RSVP HERE. Please be ready to start at 9 a.m., as we need to be out of the meeting room promptly at 11 a.m.
The Alliance Steering Committee will meet following the regular meeting.Read more
Today's the Day! Don't Forget to Vote Tuesday, November 6!
Today is Election Day 2018! Please remember to vote! Make your voice, make your vote, count. Polls are open until 8 p.m. across the state. If you didn't get the chance to register, you can still do same-day registration at a designated location in your city or town. To find your same-day registration location, click HERE. If you are registered, but unsure where to vote, you can check your polling station HERE.
Please keep children and families in mind when you vote today. The Alliance cannot endorse candidates or political parties, but you can consider candidates who will support essential services for families who need them, candidates who support expanding access to preschool, and candidates who will work to make childcare more affordable. Kids can't vote, so we have to!Read more
CT Mirror Article Addresses Delay in CT's QRIS System
On October 22, the CT Mirror published an article on the current status of the state's Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care providers, as well as a compiled database of state child care programs for parents to review as they seek child care for their children. Remember, another valuable asset in seeking child care is by calling 2-1-1 Child Care. They can assist as well.
ACA Open Enrollment Begins November 1
You may have started seeing the TV commercials - the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period through Access Health CT begins on November 1. But with the shortest window of time to sign up for insurance since the ACA became law (until December 15), Access Health CT is allowing consumers to begin "window shopping" prior to the start of enrollment. To learn more, click to the C-HIT story. Remember, CT does not use the national exchange - insurance is obtained here through Access Health CT. More plan information, assistance and renewal can be done at www.AccessHealthCT.comRead more
Three Weeks Left!
Election Day 2018 is just three weeks away! If you haven't registered to vote yet, you can do so online (if you have an ID issued by the DMV), mail in a voter registration form to your town hall (must be postmarked by October 30) or register in person at your town hall on Election Day (although preferred that you register before the October 30 deadline). You can also check to see if you're registered HERE. The Secretary of State's office also offers a wealth of voter information, including information for first-time voters.Read more
Thank you for Attending the Forum!
Thank you to everyone who attended the gubernatorial candidate forum at CCSU on October 3! We had a great turnout! We hope it was helpful in informing your decisions for the midterm elections. Two of the three main candidates were in attendance and answered questions on topics such as early childhood, family issues, education, affordable housing, etc. If you missed the forum, you can watch it in its entirety on CT-N.
Remember, if you haven't registered to vote yet, you can do so online (if you have an ID issued by the DMV), mail in a voter registration form to your town hall (must be postmarked by October 30) or register in person at your town hall on Election Day (although preferred that you register before the October 30 deadline). You can also check to see if you're registered HERE. The Secretary of State's office also offers a wealth of voter information, including information for first-time voters.Read more
We have just a few days left until the gubernatorial forum and seats are becoming extremely scarce! RSVP now. Find out where the candidates (confirmed: Lamont and Griebel) for governor stand on early childhood and family economic success issues. The event is October 3 at CCSU's Memorial Hall Constitution Room and starts at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments. The forum kicks off at 6 p.m. Each candidate will take questions for 30-45 minutes. Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie will moderate and there will be a panel of early childhood leaders. Wear your "We Vote for Kids" t-shirts if you have them!
Click on the screenshot to see the video associated with the event!Read more
Gubernatorial Forum Planned for
Seating at CCSU’s Memorial Hall is limited so RSVP now. Find out where the candidates for governor stand on early childhood and family economic success issues. The event starts at with light refreshments. The forum kicks off at Each candidate will take questions for 30-45 minutes. Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie will moderate and there will be a panel of an early childhood leaders. Wear your "We Vote for Kids" t-shirts if you have them!Read more
Let's Vote for Kids!
It's go time! "We Vote for Kids" is off and running! What is "We Vote for Kids?" It's the CT Early Childhood Alliance's non-partisan campaign to raise early childhood issues in the election. It has two components: candidate education and voter engagement. As a non-profit organization, the Alliance cannot endorse candidates. We are asking people to Pledge to Vote with kids in mind on . We are also asking the candidates for governor down to state representatives where they stand on early childhood issues through a questionnaire that we will share with you, so you can make informed decisions.
is National Voter Registration Day. We would love to use this day to engage as many people as we can around voting. We are particularly looking for people connected to child care centers to ask parents to take the pledge and make sure they are registered to vote at their current address.
If you would be willing to host a registration drive at your early childhood center, we can supply you with "We Vote for Kids" tee-shirts, stickers and signs. We are trying to do as much of the Pledge to Vote online, but we'll supply some back-up paper pledge cards and of course, voter registration materials. If you are interested, please fill out THIS FORM. Please do so ASAP so we can get the materials to you in time.
Short videos like this (click the screenshot to see the video) are key to spreading the word through social media. We would love to share short videos of cute kids saying, "I'm too little to vote, but you can," or having adults talk about why it's so important to vote with children's issues in mind. Have a cute kid? Want some hints on making them a "star?" Contact Jessica at email@example.com. When sharing a video on Facebook or other social media, please include "Take the Pledge to vote at www.wevoteforkids.org," and use the hashtag #WeVoteForKids so we can find it and set your privacy setting on that particular video to "public" so we can share it, too.
Have you checked to see if your registration is up-to-date? Use the Secretary of State's tool to check to see if you are registered to vote.
You can register to vote online.Read more