Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care
What is the Blue-Ribbon Panel on Child Care and why was it formed?
The Blue-Ribbon Panel on Child Care was initiated by Governor Lamont’s Executive Order. The Panel is charged with developing a strategic plan for a child care system that works for families, providers, and Connecticut’s economy. The Panel will outline a data-driven, actionable, 5-year strategic plan for Connecticut that supports family needs, business needs, and prioritizes equitable access to early care and education.
The Early Childhood Care and Education system is challenged by issues such as access, affordability, and quality. Parents do not have access to the care they need at a price they can afford. Parents cannot productively work and children lack high-quality early education. The current costs for child care are lower than the actual cost of quality child care; this depresses provider wages and reduces quality.
Like other states, Connecticut’s Early Care and Education sector is experiencing significant workforce shortages due to low wages. However, Connecticut is highly ranked as a great place for families; the state can build on this
foundation with a strong Child Care and Education plan. Connecticut can enhance family-friendliness, attracting and retaining more families. The goal is to develop an equitable, high quality, and sustainable system that ensures that every child has a quality educational foundation that will prepare them to grow, learn, and succeed.
Public listening sessions have been scheduled for the following dates~ Watch for details!
May 19, 9 to 10 a.m.
June 8, 5 to 6 p.m.
July 6, 1 to 2 p.m.
July 27, 5 to 6 p.m.
November 9, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
To learn learn more about the Blue Ribbon Panel visit the Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood website.
To watch the inaugural meeting with Governor Ned Lamont delivered opening remarks, it can be viewed on CT-N here.