1,000 new state-funded preschools seats added

The Malloy administration announced Tuesday the school districts that will be getting state funding to open 1,000 new preschool seats — with Bridgeport, Hartford, Danbury and Meriden adding the most.

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Last school year, 6,400 students in Connecticut — 16 percent — showed up to kindergarten having spent no time in a preschool. Half were from the state’s 19 poorest districts, reports the State Department of Education. Connecticut spent about $85 million for state-funded preschool programs in 2011, reaching 10 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who spurred this drastic $6.8 million expansion for 1,000 new seats, has said he would like to see universal access to preschool to ensure that family income is not a barrier to preschool.

Here is a list of the 38 school districts that were awarded funding to expand enrollment in their high-quality preschool programs.