Early Care & Education


CAHS works to increase Connecticut families’ access to quality early care and education. CAHS staff advocates for policies that advance that goal. As such,

  • CAHS takes a deliberate role in advocacy for the development and implementation of a cohesive early care and education system. We take a lead role in building the public will for an early care system by convening the Providers’ Caucus. The Caucus serves as a forum for providers to develop a well-informed voice and become equip to participate in early care and education policy dialogue. The Caucus meets regularly to discuss issues specific to those providing early care and education, with summaries of the meetings distributed to the membership list of over one hundred.

  • CAHS connects the broader early care community, including but not limited to providers, with state and national policy deliberations through an early care and education list serve of over 800 subscribers.

  • CAHS is committed to the development of an early care and education system that is inclusive of multiple child care options to meet the needs of children and families. Therefore, CAHS engages family and center-based child care providers, with intentional focus on having representation of publicly and privately funded child care providers at the table.

  • CAHS advocates for increased investments in Connecticut’s child care subsidy program, Care 4 Kids, to promote family economic stability and children thriving in quality early care environments.

  • CAHS recognizes that making early care and education a policy priority requires public will building for an early care system. CAHS and our partners are committed to advocacy with an inclusive and unified voice of the early care community. We wholeheartedly work toward the goal of increasing opportunities for early care and education within a well functioning system. We assist stakeholders to identify how they can respond to a call to action for early care and education policies.

  • Public will building involves developing and sustaining strong relationships with policy makers and those implementing policies. CAHS communicates regularly with legislators and state agencies such as the Department of Social Services and the Department of Education. CAHS staff maintains relationships with representatives from these agencies for the purpose of information sharing and developing strong allies in support of our work to empower Connecticut’s children and families.

CAHS is a partner in the I Care About Kids and I Vote campaign.

  • We need strong leaders who will take charge of Connecticut’s early care and education, schools and health care initiatives to help our children become healthy, creative, and productive Connecticut residents.

  • Let's spend dollars for kids and families where it makes sense and really helps.

  • Make sure that Connecticut’s early care and education, school, and health opportunities are easy to access, parent-friendly and expand our choices.

Learn more about the I Care About Kids and I Vote campaign, click on the icon.


The early care and education work of our organization is done in partnership with the CT Early Childhood Alliance, CT Parent Power, and CT Voices for Children. This work is made possible through funding by the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund.

Jillian Gilchrest
Early Care and Education Policy Analyst
(860) 951-2212 x233
jgilchrest@cahs.org