Child care, preschool slots for CT children are dropping, report says

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Connecticut’s early child care and preschool industry has continued to shrink, leaving fewer slots open for young children and shutting many parents out of the workforce, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report from research and advocacy organization Connecticut Voices for Children outlines the state of early care and education for young kids in Connecticut, highlighting issues that have existed for some time.

The report offers policy recommendations for alleviating the strain on families.

“In truth, the current challenges the early care and education sector face existed before the pandemic,” said Emily Byrne, executive director at Connecticut Voices, on a Tuesday press call. “However, what’s changed is that we’re seeing a greater willingness to do something about it.” 

The state’s child care system has been strained for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted many of the issues and the role of the child care sector in the economy.

Gov. Ned Lamont convened a “Blue Ribbon Panel” last year to develop a strategic plan to strengthen the child care system. The panel’s recommendations are similar to those outlined in the Connecticut Voices report.

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