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Who Is Connecticut Voices for Children?

Connecticut Voices for Children is a research-based policy and advocacy organization that works statewide to promote the well-being of Connecticut's children, youth and families.

CT Voices was founded in 1995 by four women who each had many years of experience working on behalf of children -- Shelley Geballe, Janice Gruendel, Judy Solomon and Nancy Lustman -- to enable Connecticut residents to be more effective voices for our children. CT Voices has built a highly talented staff with education and experience in education, law, health, business, government and the non-profit sector. This multi-disciplinary approach allows us to offer new insights on recurring problems. Policymakers, political leaders, the media, other advocacy groups and others now regularly turn to CT Voices for public policy and budget analysis, and new ideas.

Our Vision

All Connecticut children have an opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Our Mission

Connecticut Voices for Children's mission is to promote the well-being of all of Connecticut's children and families by identifying and advocating for strategic public investments and wise public policies. Connecticut Voices advances its mission through high quality research and analysis, policy development, strategic communications, and establishment of a sustainable and powerful voice for children.

Our Policy Priorities

  • Healthy Child Development: Connecticut assures all children access to quality health care and  assists all families in supporting the healthy development of their children.   
  • Universal High-Quality Education:  Connecticut offers all children high-quality early learning and public education that enables all children to graduate ready for success in school, in the workplace and in society.   
  • Equity and Opportunity:  Connecticut identifies children and families most at risk and enacts policies to ensure equal  opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, geography, or family structure.   
  • Strategic Investment: Connecticut identifies  investments in children as the primary budget priority.