We’ve been watching the development of the state budget carefully, concerned about some of the education programs that our foundation has invested in over the years. In particular, the fate of the Parent Trust Fund, which provides support for three parent engagement programs that we’ve been supporting for many years, is in doubt.
Over the past 15 years, we’ve invested over $175,000 in these parent programs: Parent Leadership Training Institute, Parents Supporting Educational Excellence, and People Empowering People. When their funding was cut off in 2009 and restored in 2010, we worked with the Connecticut Commission on Children to restart and expand them in local communities. Now we face the possibility that the funding will be cut, entirely or partially.
We’re proud that Liberty Bank President and CEO Chandler Howard sent testimony to the state Appropriations Committee in support of funding for these vital programs. In his words:
“The bottom line is that we can pay for parent leadership programs and the Family School Connection program, which we know are effective at building better lives for families — OR we can pay to repair the damage. I know that our state is facing tough choices today. Cuts will have to be made. But let’s make them where they will do the least damage to the most vulnerable among us—and where the savings realized won’t cost us more money elsewhere.”