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Peter Kaye, host for K-LOVE Radio (106.9 FM) in Hartford recently spoke with CRT’s Dr. Leslie Giordano, Director of Early Care and Education. They talked about the importance of early childhood education, and how it helps young children get ready to learn and succeed when entering kindergarten and beyond.

Give a listen to this “Closer Look” interview.

Note: This interview originally aired on June 20, 2021, and has been replayed multiple times this summer.

On Thursday, May 6, 2021, CRT welcomed both Senator Chris Murphy and Senator Richard Blumenthal, as well as U.S. Representative John Larson and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin to CRT’s headquarters in Hartford to discuss the importance of passing the ambitious American Families Plan proposed by President Joe Biden.

The work that CRT does every day is exactly what the American Families Plan is designed to accomplish: helping individuals AND families access resources that will help end the cycle of poverty.

Last year, CRT served 20,981 households and over 44,000 individuals throughout Central Connecticut.

  • 79% of the households served by CRT’s programs and services are between Zero and 200% of the federal poverty limit.
  • 27% of those households we serve are single parent households.
  • 33% are employed either full or part time, while 45% are unemployed.

Under the American Families Plan there are tremendous opportunities that would be passed along to the families that CRT serves, such as:

  • Providing four additional years of free education by providing Universal Pre-K schooling to ALL three- and four-year-olds;
  • Ensuring childcare is affordable to all low- and middle-income families;
  • Increasing funding for nutrition assistance and healthy school meals;
  • Extending tax cuts for families with children and American workers, and expansion of the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child for six-years old and above, and $3,600 per child for children under six.

That last item is tremendous. Can you imagine how this would benefit parents? Families would receive regular payments that allow them to cover household expenses as they arise.

CRT thanks our Senators and Congressman for their hard work protecting families here in our state, and across the country.

Pictured above (left to right): U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, CRT’s CEO Lena Rodriguez and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.

The City of Hartford is partnering with Hartford Public Schools and community organizations to offer Remote Learning Hub locations across the city, including the Community Renewal Team. The CRT Hub will be hosted at the Ritter Child Development Center located at 555 Windsor St., Hartford.

This program is administered by Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation and designed for families that selected in‐person learning for their children and may be adversely impacted by COVID‐19‐related facility closures.

Get more information in this report by Dominique Moody from NBC Connecticut:

Additional reporting about this new program, in Spanish, is available from Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra.

Do you need FREE and SAFE in-person learning options for your child enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 3 remote learning in Hartford? Starting this month, CRT and other community organizations in partnership with the City of Hartford will provide Remote Learning Hubs for children (K – 3rd) in Hartford. This program is designed for families that selected in‐person learning for their children and may be adversely impacted by COVID‐19‐related facility closures.

CRT spoke with Angelo Bavaro from Fox 61 about this new program and how your family can sign up now.

Also, at the end of this interview there are details about CRT’s new partnership with Liberty Bank to offer the Community Asset Building Initiative (CABI) to help people achieve the dream of home ownership.

Beginning January 2021

Do you need FREE and SAFE in-person learning options for your child enrolled in Kindergarten to Grade 3 remote learning in Hartford?

The City of Hartford is partnering with Hartford Public Schools and community organizations to offer learning hub locations across the city, including at CRT’s Ritter Child Development Center located at 555 Windsor St., Hartford (entrance off Pavilion St.).

This program is administered by Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation and designed for families that selected in‐person learning for their children and may be adversely impacted by COVID‐19‐related facility closures.

To be eligible, your child must:

  • Be a resident of Hartford
  • Be enrolled in in‐person kindergarten, first grade, second grade, or third grade and is currently in hybrid or remote‐only status
  • Have a working parent/caregiver that meets low to moderate income requirements

For more information about how to enroll, please contact Leslie Giordano at (860) 560‐5461 ext.231 or [email protected]

This program is funded in part with Community Development Block Grant funds allocated to CRT by the City of Hartford and supported by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.