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 funding of Before and After School Programs
- Advocate for 2022 funding of summer camp
- Support polices that will assist YMCAs with staff shortages.
- Support changes to Before and After School Head Teacher Requirements
- Allow 15 year olds to work in predetermined jobs including lifeguards, babysitters, and camp counselors.)
- Advocate for mandatory recess time in schools.
- Encourage state to provide social workers to camps next summer for campers and staff.
- Support the creation of CHEFA’s Connecticut New Markets Tax Credit Program.
- Make modifications to storm water law by exempting non-profit organizations.