The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has given Connecticut an opportunity to work in new and creative ways to help families address some of the challenges created by the recession. Along with several grants, there are exciting chances to work across agencies and issue areas for the family.
Realizing this, the Commission
brought in experts from around the country discuss how the stimulus
package might affect Connecticut families in the areas of poverty
reduction, health care, early child care, education, and job
creation. Among the panelists:
Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP),Washington, D.C.
Topic: Health care and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP.
President, Early Childhood Policy Research, New York state
Topic: Early care and education.
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Washington, D.C.
Topic: Unemployment insurance and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF. PowerPoint presentation (PDF)
Group Director, Children and Families Program, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Denver, Colorado
Topic: State opportunities.
The meeting was televised by the Connecticut Network (CT-N). You may watch a recording of it on the CT-N website, check the CT-N listings to see if it will be televised again, or purchase the program in DVD or VHS format.
Federal Stimulus Funding for Connecticut's Children & Families (PDF)
A summary, prepared by the Commission, of stimulus opportunities affected by state budget decisions
Resource Guide to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Prepared by the Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd.
The federal government's website on the stimulus package
Connecticut Recovery Initiative
Governor Rell's website on the stimulus package
Maximizing Resources from the Stimulus Package: Possible Strategies
for Funding Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (PDF)
By Anne Mitchell and Louise Stoney, Alliance for Early Childhood Finance
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Information
Connecticut Early Childhood Investment Initiative
Federal Stimulus Resources
Connecticut Voices for Children
Zero to Three
A national nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of infants and toddlers
The federal government's website for identifying and applying for federal grants
Representative Diana S. Urban of North Stonington gave opening remarks. Listening are, from left, Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman and Representative Toni Walker of New Haven, who co-chairs the legislature's Human Services Committee.