What We Do | CAHS

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.


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 Capability

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.


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.


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