The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is recognizing Rep. Noreen Kokoruda as one of twelve 2018 “Children’s Champions.” The Alliance recognizes legislators for their leadership on issues that impact the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, nutrition, and safety.
(l to r): Amanda Dalton, Director of Madison Educational Playcare Center; State Representative Noreen Kokoruda, Jane Porterfield, Educational Playcare Center Owner and Samantha Dynowski, Director of Outreach and Advocacy at CT Early Childhood Alliance.
“Each of the legislators we’re recognizing this year stood up for children to protect funding for child care or to push policy change that supports families with children,” said Merrill Gay, Executive Director of the Alliance.
Legislation passed this year includes: A bill that will make it easier for homeless families to obtain child care, thus helping parents work and change their situations. Another bill that passed will allow the CT Office of Early Childhood to prioritize infants and toddlers if there is a Care4Kids wait list. It will also make it easier for the OEC to adjust provider rates for School Readiness and state-funded centers. An act mandating insurance coverage of essential health benefits including pregnancy and immunizations also passed this year.
“While at the state Capitol in Hartford, children, their families, and educators are always a priority of mine,” said Rep. Kokoruda, a member of the legislature’s Education Committee. “I am honored to receive a 2018 Children’s Champion Award from the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, as they are a wonderful partner and advocate for children throughout the state of Connecticut. I look forward to working with them during the next legislative session to advocate on behalf of our children.”
Legislators honored this year are: Rep. Cathy Abercrombie (D-Meriden), Rep. Michelle Cook (D-Torrington), Rep. Andrew Fleischmann (D-West Hartford), Rep. Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison), Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Norwalk), Rep. Bobby Sanchez (D-New Britain), Rep. Toni Walker (D-New Haven), Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26), Sen. Beth Bye (D-5), Sen. Paul Formica (R-20), Sen. Marilyn Moore (D-22), and Sen. Cathy Osten (D-19).
The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide organization committed to improving outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security, for children ages birth to eight. The Alliance’s goal is for all children in Connecticut to enter kindergarten healthy, eager to learn, and ready for school success.