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Connecticut Parents Continue To Face A Child Care Crisis

Sep 15, 2020

Many Connecticut families have faced a child care crisis during the pandemic and it hasn’t changed despite most schools opening. Remote learning during the school week has some parents struggling to balance work and child care.

This hour, we talk with Beth Bye, the state’s Early Childhood commissioner. How are you managing childcare and remote school while working? 

First, we talk with a Fairfield woman who ran for the Connecticut General Assembly in 2018 and wanted to use public election funds to pay for child care while she campaigned. A recent court ruling has sided with the former candidate. What does this mean for working parents in Connecticut who see child care as a barrier to running for elected office?

We also hear from the state's election enforcement commission about this new development.


  • Caitlin Clarkson Pereira - Former candidate for state representative in Fairfield
  • Shannon Clark Kief - Legal Program Director for SEEC 
  • Beth Bye - Commissioner for the Office of Early Childhood

Cat Pastor contributed to this program.