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Child poverty in Connecticut hurts us all

CAFCA | April 10, 2019 |

Decades of research continue to confirm the obvious; poverty is bad for children. As evidenced by a 2015 report from the Urban Institute, the more time children spend living in poverty, the worse their outcomes are across nearly every domain. Compared to their peers who are never poor, the nearly 40 percent of children who experience poverty at some point during their childhood fare worse in educational achievement and employment, teen births, and even involvement with the criminal justice system. When we fail to alleviate generational poverty we prevent our children?and our society as a whole?from reaching their fullest potential.

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The cost of keeping children poor

cafca | April 27, 2018 |

This past week, President Trump and House Republicans took initial steps to cut back the social safety net. Both have argued that such spending is counterproductive and wasteful, and that eligibility must be tightened for programs including food stamps and Medicaid. Mr. Trump and House Republicans have also asserted that welfare benefits are far too generous, and work requirements much too lax.

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A windfall of federal aid for child care for needy families

cafca | March 23, 2018 |

A windfall of federal funding is headed to Connecticut to help low-income parents pay for child care so they can work. The funding, in the omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed Friday, would come at a critical time. In August 2016, Connecticut halted new enrollment in its Care4Kids child-care subsidy program for 15 months after a federal rules change allowed families to keep their subsidies for a number of months if they lost their jobs or their income increased and they would no longer qualify for help. If new families had been allowed to continue enrolling at the same rate, the eligibility extension would have cost the state an additional $30 million each year.

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Growing wait list for child care subsidies taking its toll

CAFCA | April 11, 2017 |

Thousands of low-income families hoping to receive child care subsidies are stuck in limbo as a wait list for the program swells.

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Court orders far-reaching reforms for public schools

CAFCA | September 14, 2016 |

Declaring that "Connecticut is defaulting on its constitutional duty" to fairly educate its poorest children, a Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered the state to come up with a new funding formula for public schools.

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In Connecticut, a wealth gap divides neighboring schools

CAFCA | September 14, 2016 |

The two Connecticut school districts sit side by side along Long Island Sound. Both spend more than the national average on their students. They prepare their pupils for the same statewide tests. Their teachers, like virtually all the teachers in the state, earn the same high marks on evaluations.

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Quality of life improving for Connecticut children, but effects from recession remain

cafca | July 07, 2016 |

Although Connecticut reports gains in various areas related to the overall health, welfare and security of its children, experts say averages ignore great disparities in income and racial segregation. The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Connecticut the fifth best state in the nation for children; the report ranked the state especially high in the arenas of health and education because of declining levels of childhood drug abuse and teen pregnancy.

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Insurance Coverage Increases, But Child Poverty Persists

CAFCA | October 07, 2015 |

A growing number of Connecticut residents — including children — have medical insurance thanks to health care reforms, but disparities remain in the state as childhood poverty persists, according to data released last week.

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Brain studies highlight importance of anti-poverty policies for children

CAFCA | August 18, 2015 |

New studies using brain scan technology vividly illustrate the harm associated with growing up poor. These findings underscore the importance of policies to improve poor children’s environments, scientists say.

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50 years later, recalling a founder of Head Start

| June 22, 2015 |

Testifying before Congress in 1964, Cornell developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner urged lawmakers to fight “poverty where it hits first and most damagingly – in early childhood.”

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