Supporting Childcare Affordability and Early Education Access

May 6, 2024

High-quality and affordable early childhood care and education contribute to a robust economy and help ensure the success of families and future generations.

Connecticut has one of the highest costs of childcare in the country. It's why we crafted and passed a bill in the House to make childcare and early childhood education more affordable and accessible.

This House Priority Bill:

  • creates the “Early Childhood Care and Education Fund,” to be used for childcare and early childhood education programs
  • establishes the Early Childhood Care and Education Fund Advisory Commission that will report on the health of the Fund and annually update recommendations on how to best use its resources
  • invests in teachers and assistant teachers in state-funded school readiness programs and state-funded childcare programs
  • requires a study on the availability of space in state-owned properties that may be used for early childhood care and education programs

These are sound investments in our state’s future and will go a long way toward helping parents earn a living and provide for their children’s care and education.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.