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Dear {First Name},

 

We want you to know that your efforts matter and your voices have been heard! In response to our call for increased child care funding, the Governor has agreed to a one-time increase of $124 million in next year’s budget. We know that’s not enough to fix the system — and state legislators are pushing for $200 million more in recurring funds to expand families' access to early care, while paying educators up to $20,000 per child. The next three weeks will determine the outcome.


The good news is that there’s still time to take action! Today and tomorrow we encourage you to join us on a critical day of action. The goal is to send as many messages as possible to lawmakers urging them to increase funding for child care. Check out this week’s newsletter to learn how you can get involved!


We stand with you in solidarity,


The All Our Kin Team



Take Action This Week!

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Time is limited, but there’s still more to do as three way budget negotiations between the State House, Senate and Governor’s office begin today! Here are a few ways you can send a final message to lawmakers TODAY and TOMORROW across social media:


Share a photo of yourself or parents and their children holding homemade or pre-printed signs that read: 


Be sure to tag Gov Ned Lamont on twitter and facebook, along with your state legislators. Then on Wednesday, we encourage you to follow the hashtag #ChildCareforCT to share and keep the conversation going!


If you aren’t on social media — you can still help! Call Governor Lamont at 860-566-4840 and state legislators using the script below:


"Hello, my name is ______ and I live in ______. Please support early childhood funding this year and lift the revenue cap to create an ongoing funding stream for child care. Thank you!” (You may be asked to leave a message.) 


Get more information on all actions this week!  

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Family Child Care Housing and Zoning Bill


All Our Kin is leading the efforts to pass a bill that would increase housing and zoning protections for home-based child care businesses.




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A Day Without Child Care


Inspired by Connecticut’s Morning Without Child Care, national organizations are planning a Day Without Child Care next month to put pressure on Congress. Child Care for Connecticut's Future will hold family-friendly rallies in front of local political conventions during the weekend of May 7-8.


Stay tuned for more information about rallies near you!



Don't miss these upcoming events!

April 23


Earth Day Workshop


Celebrate earth day with learning opportunities to help empower children’s love for nature and our planet.


Contact Danny at danny@allourkin.org or call (203) 690-9726 to participate in this hands-on workshop.


In-person

Cranbury Park, Norwalk CT

Saturday, April 23

10am-12pm

May 5


Accounting System Series


Ready to get a jumpstart on your accounting? Our next Accounting Series kicks off in New Haven on May 5! This three-part workshop explores how All Our Kin’s Accounting Program can help you manage your family child care business. Contact our Business Team at (203)309-6951 today to register.


In-person

Thursdays, May 5-19

6-9pm

GET MORE INFO

May 7


A Spring Walk in Nature


With spring in full swing, join us for a nature walk at Westwoods on May 7! Check out our complete list of upcoming spring walks. There is no registration required and you’re welcome to attend as many as you’d like!


In-person

Saturday, May 7

10am

LEARN MORE

May 16 & 23


Exploring Race and Representation in Picture Books


We’re thrilled to partner with educators from The Eric Carle Museum for a virtual workshop exploring how to use picture books to provide “mirrors and windows” that reflect readers’ identities and open their eyes to the world beyond their experiences. This two-part workshop will be held in English (with Spanish interpretations) and feature presentations from Carle educators, book sharing, and opportunities for discussion and reflection. 


Participants will receive supporting materials, including supplemental readings, thematic book lists, and resources for building a more equitable, inclusive book collection. Certificates will be provided for 3 hours of professional development. Please register in advance for this series.


Virtual

Mondays, May 16 & 23

7-8:30pm

REGISTER HERE

Resources

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BAS Overview Session


CTAEYC will be hosting two overview sessions on the Business Administration Scales (BAS). Providers who use the BAS can easily set goals to improve business practices for operating a home business. Learn more and sign up for the session on May 19!

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COVID-19 Rapid Tests


The FDA has granted a three-month shelf-life extension for the iHealth Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test with expiration dates on or before September 9, 2022.

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Text Updates


If you receive text messages from All Our Kin, please be aware that our previous number (474747) is no longer active, and has recently changed to (475) 224-2170. 


If you don’t receive texts and would like to, text one of the following keywords to (475) 224-2170:


For New Haven: text NewHaven

For Bridgeport: text Bridgeport

For Stamford, Norwalk and Danbury: text Stamford

Contact:

Bridgeport: Bridgeport@allourkin.org; 203-392-4574

Danbury: Danbury@allourkin.org; 203-690-9726

New Haven: NewHaven@allourkin.org; 203-301-8473

Stamford/Norwalk: StamfordNorwalk@allourkin.org; 203-690-9726  

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