Childcare Initiative Earns Strong Support

April 12, 2024

 "An Act Concerning Early Childhood Care and Education (HB5002)" seeks to maximize public and private investment in early childhood care and education through the Early Childhood Care and Education Fund previously created by the legislature.



Specifically the bill establishes the Early Childhood Care and Education Fund Advisory Commission, which will develop a strategic plan for the next 10 years. The commission will also make recommendations for investments in early childhood and education and provide reports on the financial status of the fund.


Last week, the legislation was the subject of a public hearing before the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and was lauded by many who testified including the Connecticut Business & Industry Assoc. and the non-profit Connecticut Voices for Children.


The bill also proposes the Tri-Share Child Care Program. This innovative pilot program, implemented in Michigan and North Carolina, shares childcare costs among an employer, employees, and the state government.


"By prioritizing early childhood care and education, we're not merely ensuring our children's well-being; we're fortifying economic opportunities for more Connecticut families," said Speaker of the House Matt Ritter of Hartford. "This legislation is a top priority for the House, and together, we can pave the way for a brighter, fairer future for all."