A Forum to Discuss Ending Child Poverty in Connecticut May 15th at Waterford Public Library

End Child Poverty Now
What:                    A forum to discuss Ending Child Poverty in Connecticut sponsored by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
When:                   Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (This event is FREE)
Where:                 Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford, CT
Contact:               Pam Mola, Communications Officer   |   pamela@cfect.org   |   860.442.3572
Join us on May 15th to hear from legislators and advocates about the challenges and accomplishments of the recent legislative session and how we can address the root causes of child poverty to create a thriving and economically robust Connecticut, where no child experiences the debilitating effects of poverty.
Kathleen McCarty | Connecticut State Representative
Anthony Nolan | Connecticut State Representative
Cathy Osten | Connecticut State Senator
Emily Byrne | Connecticut Voices for Children
Merrill Gay | Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance
Sean Ghio | Partnership for Strong Communities
Janée Woods Weber | She Leads Justice
The Community Foundation, along with a dedicated group of advocates, has created a unified platform to End Child Poverty Now in Connecticut. By being united behind a common vision, we can be instrumental in bringing about system change solutions to end child poverty. Approximately 50 nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups and funding institutions have signed onto our initiative.
Our collaborative envisions a thriving and economically robust Connecticut, where no child experiences the debilitating effects of poverty. We believe that every child deserves access to essential necessities, quality education, and a nurturing environment that fosters their physical, emotional, and intellectual growth.
Our collective goal for the current legislative session is to advance the following:

  • Support permanent, refundable CT Child Tax Credit at $600 per child.
  • Support No-Cost healthy school meals (breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack).
  • Expand paid sick days to support family economic security.
  • Expand good cause eviction protections to support family housing stability.
CFECT Testimonials in Support of Legislative Bills for 2024 Session:
  • Just Cause Evictions: S.B. 143
  • Adjusting the State Budget: H.B. 5048
  • Connecticut Paid Sick Days: S.B. 7
  • Child Tax Credit: S.B. 36 and H.B. 5113
  • Funding for School Meals: H.B. 5510
Registration is FREE. If you are able to attend, REGISTER HERE or contact Pam Mola at pamela@cfect.org or call 860.442.3572.
About the Community Foundation
Serving 42 towns and comprised of over 600 charitable funds, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut puts philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of the region. The Foundation stewards net assets of over $120 million and has awarded more than $94 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students since its founding in 1983. To learn more, visit cfect.org.