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January 18, 2019

Child Care Providers Wait for Payments as State Transitions to New Care4Kids Computer System

by Christine Stuart | Jan 18, 2019 10:55am
Posted to: Child Welfare

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Child care workers across the state feel like they’re part of the federal government shutdown because they also haven’t been receiving pay for services they’re providing.

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January 15, 2019

OP-ED | Like Sandy Hook Families, We All Must Fight for Truth in a World of Lies

by Barth Keck | Jan 15, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Media Matters | Opinion | Public Safety | Newtown

YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

At time when bullying and hate crimes are on the rise, score one for the good guys.

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January 10, 2019

Federal Shutdown Continues With No End in Sight

by Peter Urban | Jan 10, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | White House | Norwalk

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WASHINGTON — Congress made no progress Wednesday in ending a partial government shutdown — now more than two weeks old — that has left some 800,000 federal workers without paychecks and raised concerns over the impact it is having on government programs from small business assistance to air traffic controllers.

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January 7, 2019

Broad Support For Lamont’s Pick To Lead DCF

by Christine Stuart | Jan 7, 2019 2:08pm
Posted to: Child Welfare

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s rare that a group of advocates and frontline workers would gather to support the nomination of a Department of Children and Families Commissioner, but that’s what happened Monday.

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December 19, 2018

School Safety Report Draws Criticism

by Peter Urban | Dec 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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WASHINGTON — A commission established by President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla., issued its final recommendations to improve school safety Tuesday, including arming teachers as one of 93 “best practices and policy recommendations.”

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December 7, 2018

OP-ED | Wethersfield Police Chief Paints Inaccurate Picture of Youth

by Christina Quaranta | Dec 7, 2018 10:52am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Jobs | Juvenile Justice | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Member Opinion | Public Safety

When something goes wrong in a community, whatever happened to asking its members what they need? Sometimes the answer we hear might be “more police,” or to “lock up the children” in our neighborhoods. But more often than not, when given the option, community folk will say that the answer is to get young people the help they need.

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December 6, 2018

Gun Safety Advocates See Gains in Congress

by Peter Urban | Dec 6, 2018 2:29pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Law Enforcement | Public Health | Public Safety | Newtown

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WASHINGTON — Encouraged by mid-term election gains, gun safety advocates say there will be action in the next Congress to enact “sensible” gun safety legislation that has eluded them since the slaughter six years ago of 20 first graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

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December 5, 2018

Opponents Cite Study That Says Pot Legalization Leads to Higher Teen Usage

by Jack Kramer | Dec 5, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | The Economy | Election 2018 | Public Health | State Budget | Taxes

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HARTFORD, CT — Those opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana in Connecticut are armed with a new study that shows that states that have legalized pot have a higher percentage of teenage users.

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November 29, 2018

OP-ED | Concerns over Teen Vaping on the Rise

by Barth Keck | Nov 29, 2018 4:59am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Consumer Protection | Education | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health | Milford | Old Saybrook

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Smokin’ in the boys’ room has a whole new meaning in schools these days — and it’s no laughing matter.

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November 15, 2018

Murphy Seeks Protections for Students from Seclusion and Restraint

by Peter Urban | Nov 15, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy introduced legislation Wednesday to strictly limit schools from physical restraining students and prohibit schools from placing students in seclusion.

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