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[Enotes] CT Voices' November 2 E-Notes
by Michael Sullivan

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E-Notes
Connecticut Voices for Children
November 2, 2006

In this issue of E-Notes, you'll find:

A.  FORUM ON LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN & PARENTS

B.  VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

C.   NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM CT VOICES
*  Universal Access to Preschool in Connecticut: When All is Said and Done,
There's Been Much More Said than Done
*  Federal Tax Cuts and the Economy: A Closer Look at the Rhetoric and the
Facts
*  Dental Care for Children In HUSKY A, 2005


A.   FORUM ON LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN & PARENTS

Their Day in Court: Ensuring Adequate Representation for Children and
Parents in Child Protective Services Cases

Casey Family Services, Connecticut Voices for Children, and Senate President
Pro Tempore Donald Williams invite you to attend a forum on legal
representation of children, youth, and parents involved in Connecticut's
child protective services system.  Mark Harden, from the American Bar
Association Center on Children and the Law, will discuss models of
representation being used in other states, and will be joined by a
representative from the Center for Family Representation in New York and
from the Chicago Public Guardian's Office. Other event co-sponsors include
the CT Commission on Child Protection, the Office of the Child Advocate, the
Center for Children's Advocacy, the CT Bar Foundation James Cooper Fellows,
and the CT Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

Date: Monday, November 20, 2006, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:  Old Judiciary Room, Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford

Lunch is available by 11:15 a.m.
Program will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.
RSVP by Wednesday, November 11, 2006
policy@case... or 203.401.6970

For more information, see our Web page and download our invitation:
http://www.ctkidslink.org/announcement_56.html


B.   VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

CT Voices for Children reminds you to vote on November 7, 2006.  As we
described in our last E-Notes, CT Voices has created an "Election 2006:
Voter and Candidate Resource" page on our Web site.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/elections.html

On this page, you can find:
*  Lists of candidates
*  Issue briefs on important policy issues affecting children and families
*  Suggested questions for candidates on issues affecting children and
families

http://www.ctkidslink.org/elections.html


C.   NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM CT VOICES


1.  Universal Access to Preschool in Connecticut: When All is Said and Done,
There's Been Much More Said than Done

Across Connecticut, a gap in academic achievement persists between
economically disadvantaged students and their more affluent peers. Despite a
decade of discussion about this crisis, little progress has been made. There
is an obvious gap between Connecticut's vision for children and knowing what
works and the State's willingness to make the necessary investments to move
from vision to action. Past efforts have been short lived and under-funded.
This report summarizes Connecticut's efforts over the last decade to address
the preparation gap, and ultimately the achievement gap, by increasing
access to high quality preschool.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_314.html


2.  Federal Tax Cuts and the Economy: A Closer Look at the Rhetoric and the
Facts

Legislation passed thus far by the U.S. Congress has increased projected
federal deficits by over $450 billion through the end of the current
five-year budget window (2011). The federal deficit threatens the well-being
of Americans for generations to come, and recent Administration and
Congressional leadership budget proposals will only exacerbate the problem.
To help understand the often arcane and misleading federal budget rhetoric,
this brief debunks 10 common myths about the federal budget.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_315.html


3.  Dental Care for Children In HUSKY A, 2005

This study of the dental care received by children in HUSKY A (Medicaid) in
2005 finds that less than half of children who are eligible for preventive
dental services actually received these required services. While dental care
utilization has increased since the early years of the HUSKY Program, rates
have not increased in recent years. Children in Hartford continue to receive
dental care at rates far higher than other children in HUSKY A, largely due
to availability of care from safety net providers in school-based and
community clinics.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_316.html



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