With the approach of any new year comes uncertainty about what the future may hold. Prior to this week’s legislative special session, called to mitigate our state’s fiscal crisis, such uncertainty was perhaps greater than ever with regard to resources for Connecticut’s children and families.
On December 10 and 11, many of you joined us in calling our state’s leaders, urging them to avoid cuts to Connecticut’s early care and education resources. We’re pleased to share with you that while on December 19 the legislature and Governor Malloy approved a plan that calls for $252.3 million worth of cuts to government spending for State Fiscal Year 2013, absolutely none of these cuts are to early care and education resources. This means that, among other programs and initiatives, the Care4Kids child care subsidy program, Family Resource Centers, and school-based Health Clinics will be able to continue providing their crucial services and ensuring better outcomes for our children, families, and communities.
That early care and education were protected from budget cuts makes a powerful statement, and will have a powerful impact. It is clear that both our state’s leaders and fellow citizens understand the lasting impact of meaningful early childhood experiences and are willing to take action on behalf of preserving them. Supporting children and families today means healthier, happier, more successful citizens tomorrow. While there remains significant work to be done in 2013, we are grateful that this new year will begin with a solid foundation for our state’s youngest citizens.