Early Ed Advocates Call For State $ Bump

By Thomas Breen
New Haven Independent

NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT — A Connecticut-wide coalition of child care providers and advocates has stepped up its call for state government to increase funding for an industry in ​“crisis” because the demand from families far exceeds the supply of educators.

That was the key takeaway from a Zoom-assisted online press conference hosted Tuesday morning by the group Child Care for Connecticut’s Future.

The cause for the presser was the recent publication of poll results from a survey that was commissioned by the child care advocacy organization and that collected feedback from 946 registered Connecticut voters from Sept. 23 through Oct. 3.

According to the presenters at Tuesday’s press conference — which included Friends Center for Children Executive Director Allyx Schiavone, All Our Kin CT Early Care and Education Policy Fellow Jade Thomas, and Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance Executive Director Merrill Gay, among others — the survey found that a majority of those polled support an increase in state government aid for the early education and child care industry.

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