Takeaways from the NCSL Forecast 2024 Conference

December 14, 2023
Dear Neighbors,

Last week, I attended the National Conference of Legislators (NCSL) 2024 Forecast Conference. One of the most urgent issues we tackled was childcare because our ability to boost economic growth depends on it. With so many states facing worker shortages, we must find a way to help parents re-enter the workforce. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the United States stands out for its lack of family-friendly policies, and the availability and affordability of childcare is a key reason.

The Governor recently announced a Registered Apprenticeship Program to encourage job seekers to pursue careers in home-based child care. It’s a great start, but we need to do more to make childcare available and affordable for residents of Connecticut. We must address childcare “benefits cliffs,” which cut off government grants for childcare once a person starts working. Increased wages for people who work in childcare, and increasing eligibility for families will help as well.

I hope that increasing access to childcare is something that we will begin to address in the next legislative session.

Wishing you a very happy holiday season.


Takeaways from the NCSL Forecast 2024 Conference
Celebrating the Holidays in Greenwich and Stamford

It’s been wonderful to celebrate the holidays with friends and neighbors at tree and menorah lightings in Greenwich and Stamford.

The Stamford Parent Leadership Training Institute
Dancing for D.C.

The Greenwich Alliance for Education and the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) 8th Grade D.C. Trip Fundraising Committee cordially invites you to Dancing for D.C., a live band fundraiser on Friday, January 19, from 6-9 pm at Old Greenwich Social Club. Dance the night away to rockin’ tunes from That’s What She Said. Cash bar and free appetizers with ticket purchase. 

Tickets are $50/person and all proceeds will go toward funding the D.C. trip for current and future GPS 8th graders. Click HERE to buy tickets to Dancing for D.C.

Can’t make it to the event? Consider buying raffle tickets! Only $5 a ticket for a chance to win fabulous prizes from area merchants. You don't need to be present to win.

Additionally, you can make a donation of any amount to the D.C. Trip fund at any time directly by visiting the Greenwich Alliance for Education website and typing in “D.C. Trip” under Allocation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please note that the charge on your credit card statement will appear as "Greenwich Alliance for Education."  

Thank you in advance for your support of the Greenwich Public Schools' 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C!

If you have questions, or ever need any help please don't hesitate to reach out by phone, 860-240-8553, 203-564-9516 or email, Rachel.Khanna@cga.ct.gov

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Rachel Khanna
State Representative