Connecticut & Rhode Islands Ys strive to help young people develop into tomorrow’s leaders.
We help everyone improve their well-being, and we create strong, vibrant communities for all. Our legislative priorities support investments in programs that are open to people of all generations, backgrounds and perspectives, and expand access to the resources, opportunities and relationships that everyone needs to thrive.
The Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs advocates for public policy initiatives that promote Youth Development, Health Living, and Social Responsibility.
Please view the issues briefs or public testimony, under each category, to learn more about our legislative priorities.
- Advocate for appropriate funding levels and policies for state supported Y programs, including school readiness, Care4Kids and after school programs.
- Increase reimbursement for School Readiness and Care4Kids.Advocate for 2023 funding of Summer Enrichment Grant
- Continued funding from the state for fingerprints and background checks for childcare and camp staff
- Support the School Meals for All initiative.
- Support the creation of CHEFA’s Connecticut New Markets Tax Credit Program.
- Establish a policy that will assist YMCAs with staff shortages.
- Allow 15 year-olds to work in predetermined jobs — including life guards, child watch and camp counselors.