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CT lawmakers help pass massive spending bill

Updated at 12:55 a.m. Friday
WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation voted for a massive, $1.3 trillion federal budget bill that will provide the state with millions of additional dollars for education, health care and transportation and boost production in the state’s defense industry. Continue Reading →

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Average cost of child care in CT as much as in-state tuition

WASHINGTON — Child care in Connecticut is of good quality and widely available, but it can easily cost more than in-state college tuition. A report released this week by Washington, D.C., think tank New America, determined the average cost of in-home, or “nanny care” in Connecticut was $31,162 a year and the average cost of a day care center was $11,456 per child per year. Continue Reading →

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State official says federal policy changes cut 6,100 from subsidized day care

WASHINGTON — The move to improve a child care subsidy program that helps low-and-moderate income families has also made it more expensive and forced Connecticut to cut 6,100 children from the rolls, a state official told a Senate panel Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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Report: Fewer families get help from state for day care

The number of families the state helped to cover the cost of preschool or day care decreased by nearly 600 infants and toddlers between fiscal 2012 and 2013, a state child-advocacy group reported Friday. The decrease follows the highly touted initiative approved by state legislators and the governor that funded spots for 1,000 more children in preschool programs across the state starting in fiscal 2013. While funding was added to increase enrollment at the school-based School Readiness programs, the state’s Care4Kids program was cut, when adjusted for inflation. Care4Kids provides child care subsidies for low-income families to enroll their children in either day care centers, home-based programs or school-based programs.

“The state continues to underserve our youngest children,” the report concludes. By the group’s tally, total state funding for early care and education decreased by $4.2 million between the fiscal years that ended June 2012 and June 2013, after taking inflation into account. Continue Reading →

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