BCAC works through Task Forces. Each Task Force is an active, working collaborative composed of parents, community leaders, clergy, service providers and government representatives. The members of each Task Force gather and share information on the needs of children and identify emerging and critical issues.
The work of each Task Force involves: research and data-gathering, community planning, community education, advocacy, and community mobilization
Each year BCAC’s Task Forces develop Action Agendas. These are approved by BCAC’s Board of Directors and become the work of the Task Force for the year.
BCAC Task Forces work in the areas of:
- children’s health.
- education and early care, including issues of preschool/childcare/K-12 education/school violence.
- family economic empowerment, including basic needs/affordable housing/workforce and career training/literacy/GED/ESL.
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition develops an annual children's legislative agenda. These are critical legislative proposals selected by BCAC's Task Forces. BCAC's Chidlren's Legislative Agenda is published at the start of each year’s legislative session.
BCAC's 2008 Children’s Legislative Agenda highlights are:
- School Success by expanding preschool and correcting inequities in state education aid
- Affordable, comprehensive, quality health care coverage for Connecticut residents
- Expansion of after-school programs to serve more children
Campaigns are organized around issues identified by BCAC's Board of Directors. Parents, community leaders, communities of faith and service providers are mobilized to join together to take action by speaking out on behalf of children at community meetings, news conferences, public hearings, and by reaching out to elected representatives.
Each year BCAC produces reports around critical issues for children. BCAC’s reports provide data and information to our community, identify best practices, and propose recommendations to address these critical issues for children.
BCAC’s reports are widely distributed and often used as models for similar research and reports by other organizations not only in Connecticut but across the country.