What We Do

CAHS advances our mission to end poverty by reaching out in the community, educating stakeholders and policy makers, convening partners, and advocating for policy change at the state and federal level.

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Bank On CT

Bank On Connecticut is a private public partnership created to offer individuals without bank accounts a way of learning about banking and opening a safe starter checking or savings account


Coordinate Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalitions in Connecticut’s major cities, which provide free tax preparation services to low-wage tax filers and ensure they receive tax credits they are eligible for, particularly the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Financial Education

Coordinate the CT Money School, the first statewide financial education initiative in Connecticut providing free financial education for adults and seniors. Now in English and Spanish

Policy Change

Advocate to improve policy that will help move families out of poverty to economic security. Policy areas include: improved access to benefits, work supports, early care and education, health care, workforce training and skills development, financial education, and predatory lending.

Policy Networks

Mobilize the Family Economic Success Network, a coalition of direct providers, advocates, and individuals committed to help families move out of poverty to economic security. Convene the Providers Caucus made up of early care and education providers working to improve access to and quality of Connecticut’s early care and education system. Hold a leadership role in the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, a coalition of organizations committed to ensure that all children are ready for school. Co-chair Better Choices for Connecticut, a community coalition working for a fair budget and more equitable tax system.

New England Consortium

Coordinate a six-state collaborative of child research and policy organizations that have developed a common set of priorities to reduce child and family poverty in our individual states and region.

Opportunities Hartford

CAHS, in partnership with the City of Hartford, is working on a strategic effort to coordinate the educational and economic opportunities offered to the community. Opportunities Hartford is a citywide effort intended to enhance and expand existing educational, job, and income opportunities in Hartford.


Provide reliable, comprehensive, timely data and analysis on how well Connecticut's children are doing at the state and local levels. CT KIDS COUNT is one of 50 state-level KIDS COUNT projects, funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Working Poor Families Project

Participate as one of 25 states in a project addressing policy and practice changes needed to ensure that adult workers are prepared for today’s jobs and those of the future.


Inform decision-makers through policy reports; provide information to the community about financial education, food and nutrition resources, and programs across the state that help people.