Our Connecticut allies are leading advocates for the state’s families, and in 2019, they helped pass long-fought-for goals — including a minimum-wage increase and paid family and medical leave.

State Allies:

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Connecticut Association for Human Services • Hartford, CT
Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance • Hartford, CT
Top Priorities for 2020

Expand the Care4Kids child care subsidy eligibility to include non-TANF parents engaged in job training or education

Implement strategies to ameliorate the benefit cliffs due to the increase in minimum wage

Work to establish a refundable dependent care credit

With CAHS and CECA on the front lines, Connecticut saw big policy wins for children and families in 2019. 

  • Paid Family and Medical Leave providing up to 90% wage replacement for 12-14 weeks.
  • Increased CCDBG family child care subsidy for infant care from the fourth percentile of the market to the 50th.
  • Increased the preschool subsidy from the seventh percentile to the 25th.
  • Extended the dates of the staff qualifications requirement for early childhood educators.
  • Passed legislation requiring the Office of Early Childhood to develop a compensation schedule for early educators.
  • Passed minimum wage increase, which will be phased in over four years, to $15.00 per hour.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Connecticut early childhood state policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice