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An Historic Opportunity

The time is now to build sustained public support for high-quality, affordable child care available to every family that needs it, in the setting of their choice, provided by well trained and properly compensated early educators. 

For the first time since the Second World War, people in Connecticut recognize that early care and education is essential to the health and well-being of children, families, and communities, and to our state’s economic future. Fortunately, our state government is highly supportive of change. And for the first time, Connecticut businesses have become involved in early care and education, through the Governor’s Workforce Council, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, and the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls.

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The pandemic has illuminated the three basic, interrelated problems of early care and education — affordability, access, and quality. It has also shown us the front-line status and precarious financial position of early educators. Child care is too expensive, there are too few licensed spaces, and compensation for child care providers is too low to recruit and retain the staff needed for quality care (in 2017 median income for CT educators of infants and toddlers was only $23,250). This last problem has been exacerbated by pandemic child care layoffs and the inability to rehire workers who have taken better paying jobs. 

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