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CT State Government Work Update: Early Childhood Education

The final Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Care report can be found HERE. The five-year strategic plan included in this report aims to stabilize, strengthen and expand Connecticut’s early childhood system.

SVP has been honored to support the Blue Ribbon Panel and the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) in developing this plan. SVP, with the leadership of staff Jennifer Gerber and Dr. Monisha Gibson, played a wide range of roles, including project planning and management; financial modeling and analysis; and consulting support for two of the workgroups.

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CT State Government Work Update: Workforce Development

SVP continues to support the work of the Office of Workforce Strategy (OWS) and the Governor’s Workforce Council (GWC). In the past quarter, the GWC has been working to update its strategic plan and will be releasing an updated plan in early 2024. A major priority in the new plan will be to build out K-12 Career Pathways that provide all students with the opportunity to engage in work based learning and early college experiences.

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Community Partner Highlight: Girls For Technology

Girls For Technology was co-founded by Sabrina Tucker-Barrett and Anthony Barrett in 2015 to promote workforce equity and economic mobility through STEM programs for women and girls of color.

Their vision – a society where women of color excel without barriers.

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Volunteer Partner Highlight: Bonnie Foos

“I really enjoy bringing my time and talents to the table for missions that I care deeply about…I love my work with SVP and hope it shows,” said Bonnie Foos, “I have a passion for the people I serve.” 

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CT State Government Work Update: Early Childhood Education

Beth Bye,Commissioner for the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, has been committed to ensuring that the Early Child Care and Education strategic plan is developed with input from stakeholders that works for families, providers, and Connecticut’s economy. SVP CT staff, Jen Gerber and Dr. Monisha Gibson, along with The Hunt Institute, have been serving as lead advisors in this work.

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CT State Government Work Update: Workforce Development

In 2022, OWS launched the Tech Talent Accelerator (TTA), a tool helping to bridge the skills/talent mismatch between industry and institutions of higher education. TTAs 7 inaugural grantees divided $1M in public investments to expand their computer science curricula and short-term credential offerings. In year one, 113 students across the state were equipped with industry-recognized credentials and certifications.

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Volunteer Partner Highlight: James Kemp

“The best advice I can give to any new volunteer partner is to listen. An engagement with an SVP nonprofit partner should start with gaining a deep understanding of who the organization is and the language that they use,” shared James Kemp. “If you have the right mindset and attitude, you can make a big difference.”

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