Joshua Mamis's blog
There was good news today nationally on unemployment: Joblessness has dipped to 7.7%, the lowest level in four years.
Though we haven't seen local numbers yet, Connecticut's employment picture has lagged behind national performance, and was at 8.6 percent as recently as December.
But the big unknown isn't just the local February jobs report, it's also the impact of the sequester on workforce development and job training priograms in the state of Connecticut.
I have no idea how my car works. I drive it to work every day. But I don't appreciate the engineering and production skill that went into making it run so smoothly.
I was thinking about this when I was thinking about the Kindergarten Canvass. This was a massive undertaking, concluded last Thursday, September 23, in which 216 vounteers knocked on 1,491 doors and connected with 1,195 families. (Actually, these are near-final numbers -- we're still waiting for one final route's results to be counted.) Nevertheless, we know we went to the homes of 82% of the families of New Haven's kindgergarten students, and that we had an astounding 48 percent contact rate.
The morning downpour didn't deter 91 volunteers from taking to the streets and knocking on doors for the benefit of New Haven's newest students.
Last Saturday, August 18, was the first of a three-day door-to-door canvass of all New Haven families with a kindergarten student. The goal: To talk with families about school, and help them get their child off to a great start. The canvass was organized by New Haven Public Schools, the city of New Haven, New Haven Promise and United Way of Greater New Haven.