Marilyn Moore


Marilyn Moore



April 29, 2022

Sen. Moore Votes in Favor of Student Health Services Expansion and Child Care Support Bill

The Priority Legislation for Senate Democrats Bolsters Youth Mental Health Services, Supports More Social Workers in School, and Helps Child Care Providers

Today, State Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport) voted for Senate Bill 1, “An Act Concerning Childhood Mental and Physical Health Services in Schools.” Senate Bill 1 takes a thorough approach on supporting youth from their early years through high school. The expansive legislation would build up the necessary infrastructure – including school personnel, child care and school-based student resources– to support the needs of the whole child. Further, it responds to the impact that COVID-19 has had on young people from exacerbating the youth mental health crisis to student disengagement.

“Providing much needed additional resources for our students allows them to get the help they need,” said Sen. Moore. “Many children were experiencing trauma prior to the pandemic which exasperated the problem. We as a legislature are taking their needs seriously. We are funding providers and educational resources that are needed to support our youth. The legislation will help to expand access for each child struggling with mental health.”

Senate Bill 1 would take numerous actions to increase resources and programs available to support children, teenagers, and schools including:

Expanding Student Access to Mental Health Services and Resources for Schools

  • Provides $10 million in needs-based grants for improving and expanding services at current school-based health centers. All 36 health centers and 124 schools identified by the state Department of Public Health in need of greater services will be eligible to apply
  • Create a grant program for boards of education administered by the Connecticut Department of Education to hire and retain more social workers, psychologists, nurses, and counselors in schools

Increasing Wages for Child Care Workers and Improved Access to Early Childhood Education for Families

  • $70 million to fund a new child care and early childhood education worker salary enhancement grant to be administered by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC)
  • Nearly doubling the number of infant and toddler spaces in child development centers across Connecticut from currently about 1,500 to around 2,800 spaces. Also, increases to $13,500 the rate provided by the OEC per infant and toddler space in these centers

Enhance School Preparedness to Respond to a Student Opioid Overdose

  • Boards of education will be provided information on how to acquire no-cost opioid antagonists, like Narcan, by Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection and Department of Education
  • Pharmacists and prescribing practitioners can dispense opioid antagonists to board of educations and school district employees will be trained on proper use and handling
  • There must be at least one qualified school employee who can administer an opioid antagonist in the event a school nurse is not available

Supporting Connecticut’s Teacher Workforce

  • The state Department of Education will study and identify ways to streamline and improve pathways for teacher certification
  • Establishes a teacher shortage and retention task force
  • $1 million for a new minority teacher candidate scholarship program. The scholarships will be available to graduates of a priority school district and are enrolled in a teacher preparation program at a four-year higher education institution in Connecticut

Bolstering Education Opportunities, Student Engagement, and Inclusivity

  • $7 million for the Learner Engagement and Attendance Program (LEAP), which helps students struggling with absenteeism and disengagement
  • The state Board of Education will administer a “career and technical pathways instructor permit” to individuals with training or expertise in manufacturing, allied health, computer technology, engineering, or construction in order to teach a class related to their expertise. The permit will be issued following the request of a local or regional board of education or regional educational service center
  • Adds Asian American and Pacific Islander studies to the state curriculum for students
  • Establishes an Open Choice school program between Guilford and New Haven
  • Create separate task forces on combatting ableism in school-settings, and the governance structure and internal procedures of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC)