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[Enotes] CT Voices' January 11 E-Notes
by Michael Sullivan


Connecticut Voices for Children
January 11, 2006

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

*  RSVP for State Budget Forum - January 31
*  Presentation & Discussion: "Smarter Reform: Moving Beyond Single Program
Solutions to an Early Care and Education System" - January 31
*  Join Statewide Homeless Count on January 30

*  Simplifying Care4Kids to Help Serve High Risk Families: Foster Children



1)  RSVP for State Budget Forum - January 31

Please RSVP for Connecticut Voices for Children's 6th Annual State Budget

When: Wednesday, January 31, 8:30 am - 1 p.m.  
(8:30 registration & coffee, 9:00 program)

Where: Old Judiciary Room, State Capitol, Hartford

The theme of this year's Budget Forum is "Big Challenges, Bold Ideas," and
we'll feature presentations on many of the ambitious policy proposals that
are being developed for Connecticut - by those who have helped develop them.

Topics and speakers (order of speakers may change):

    * Benchmarking Connecticut
      Jeff Blodgett, CT Economic Resource Center

    * Budget Overview & K-12 Education Funding
      Secretary Robert Genuario, Office of Policy and Management

    * State Fiscal Capacity
      Shelley Geballe, CT Voices for Children

    * Transportation
      Oz Griebel, CT Transportation Strategy Board & MetroHartford Alliance

    * Smart Growth
      Heidi Green, 1000 Friends of CT
      W. David LeVasseur, Governor's Office for Responsible Growth

    * Energy
      Carrie Conaway, New England Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of

    * Affordable Housing
      Diane Randall, HOMEConnecticut

    * Health Care
      Juan Figueroa, Universal Health Care Foundation of CT
      Bob Patricelli, CT Health Insurance Policy Council

    * Early Childhood
      John Rathgeber, CT Business and Industry Association
      Janice Gruendel, Governor's Senior Advisor on Early Childhood
      Louise Stoney, Alliance for Early Childhood Finance

Space is limited - reserve your seat today!  Lunch will be served!!

Please RSVP to Ryan McAuliffe at rmcauliffe@ctki... or (203) 498-4240

A flier, directions and links to more information on the speakers'
organizations are on our Web site:

2)  Presentation & Discussion: "Smarter Reform: Moving Beyond Single Program
Solutions to an Early Care and Education System" - January 31

CT Voices for Children and the Connecticut Association for Human Services
are pleased to invite you to join us for a presentation & discussion with
Louise Stoney of the Alliance for Early Childhood Finance on the topic
"Smarter Reform: Moving Beyond Single Program Solutions to an Early Care and
Education System"

When: Jan. 31, 2007, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
(following CT Voices for Children's Budget Forum)

Where: Old Judiciary Room, Connecticut State Capitol

Ms. Stoney, one of the nation's experts on early childhood systems' reform,
will discuss her research on elements of smart early care and education
reform in relation to current early care policy and proposed early care
reform in Connecticut. There will be significant time for questions and

Please RSVP to Rafael at rmejia@ctki...  or (203) 498-4240 x110, if
you plan to attend.

Biographical information on Louise Stoney is available at:

3)  Join Statewide Homeless Count on January 30

CT Voices for Children encourages you to join hundreds of volunteers for
four hours on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 as they fan out across the state to
gather information that will help to end long-term homelessness in
Connecticut.  For the first time ever, there will be a coordinated statewide
count of the homeless in Connecticut. Most local communities plan to conduct
their count in the evening between 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Please give a few hours
of your time to help the homeless children, youth, and adults in your

For more information:


1.  Simplifying Care4Kids to Help Serve High Risk Families: Foster Children

While early care and education settings can have particular benefits to
foster children if they can provide needed and often lacking emotional
nurturing and stability, current Care4Kids policy does not explicitly assist
in the creation of this much needed stability for this at risk group of
children. This report finds that some state policies and procedures can act
as barriers to eligibility and access, such as:

*  the need for re-application with each transition in foster care
*  the loss of eligibility for Care4Kids one year after adoption, and
*  the state's reliance on TANF funds to pay for "back end" services through
DCF, rather than for preventive services that could help avert placement for
at-risk children, like child care through Care4Kids.

The report recommends prioritizing Care4Kids eligibility for children in low
income families who are at risk of foster care placement, developing state
strategies to ensure that young children in foster care have on-going access
to high quality child care despite changes in foster placement, removing the
disincentives to adoption that currently exist in Care4Kids policy, and
tracking and monitoring the delivery of Care4Kids subsidies among foster
children and families.


On November 30, 2006, CT Voices for Children celebrated its 10th
Anniversary.  At our event, Robert Greenstein, Executive Director of the
Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, spoke about "The New Congress: Hard
Budget Choices, New Policy Directions."  He reviewed the federal budget
opportunities and challenges faced by the new Congress including deficit
reduction, the proposed renewal of tax cuts, and cuts already made to
federal domestic programs.

CT Voices also awarded our First for Kids Awards to leading advocates for
their public leadership and effective work on behalf of children, youth and

*  Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities: Transformational
Leadership Award.
*  Sherbie Worthen, founding Board member of CT Voices, former Government
Relations Director & Sr. Vice President of United Way of Connecticut.
Community Advocacy Award.
*  John L. Pottenger, Jr., Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law
School. Scholar Advocate Award.
*  Ellen Scalettar, former Senior Policy Fellow, CT Voices for Children.  CT
Voices Founders' Award.

Video of Robert Greenstein and the First for Kids awardees is on our Video
Library page.  The program for the event, with biographies of the awardees,
is also available.

Connecticut Voices for Children
33 Whitney Ave
New Haven CT 06511
(203) 498-4240

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