HARTFORD – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), along with U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Jim Himes (CT-4), applauded a United States Department of Labor (DOL) grant for $3,432,200 to The WorkPlace, which serves Fairfield County and parts of New Haven County, to help working parents access the affordable, quality child care they need to earn an education, participate in training programs and ultimately compete for better-paying jobs in emerging industries.

“No working family’s desire to train for and seek better-paying jobs should be put on hold because of lack of access to child care. The funding today will make it a little easier to for working parents to reach goals that will ensure a bright, healthy future for themselves and their families—all while making sure their children receive quality, affordable child care. We congratulate The WorkPlace for their tireless efforts in helping individuals prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and applaud the U.S. Department of Labor for this wise investment in our community,” said Murphy, Blumenthal, DeLauro, and Himes. 

“We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Labor for this opportunity to provide foundation and occupational skills training as well as support services to working parents,” said Joe Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace. “The grant enables us to address a significant challenge for working parents by counseling families on available daycare options and matching training/work schedules with available transportation options. We greatly appreciate the continued support of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy as well as Representatives DeLauro and Himes.”

This funding is part of the U.S. DOL’s Strengthening Working Families Initiative.