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Connecticut Children's Collective

Child Care Leaders and Providers Call for Federal Lifeline

On January 25, 2022 Veronica Phelps, the Owner & Operator of My School in East Hampton; Erica Phillips, President of All Our Kin; and Beth Bye, Commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood were guests on Connecticut Public Radio’s (WNPR) popular morning show, Where We Live, where they spoke with producer and host Lucy Nalpathanchil about the the ever growing crisis in child care.

Children 4 and under are still too young to be vaccinated in the U.S. This is just one of the many pandemic-related challenges for child care providers. Now, Connecticut leaders and advocates are pushing for more federal funding toward child care. Biden’s Build Back Better Act, if passed, could mean millions for the industry.

What are the factors driving child care staffing issues in our state? What’s being done to address child care “deserts”? This hour, hear from Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Commissioner Beth Bye, and Veronica Phelps, the owner and operator of My School in East Hampton.

Plus, All Our Kin President Erica Phillips touches on the important role family child care providers play.

Click HERE to listen to the full interview.

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