Office of Early Childhood

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Early Childhood Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor to step down

Myra Jones-Taylor testifies before the senate HELP Committee

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that Myra Jones-Taylor, commissioner of the state Office of Early Childhood, will step down from her position effective Sept. 1. She is leaving to pursue “new professional opportunities,” the governor’s office said. Continue Reading →

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Child care funding: A choice between the struggling and destitute

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visits a preschool classroom in Meriden with his commissioner of the Office of Early Childhood.

On Tuesday morning, in a room at the state Capitol complex, a single small number seemed to tell its own story about the fiscal bind legislators are likely to find themselves in over and over again this session. Continue Reading →

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Third time a charm? State again seeks federal preschool funding

Connecticut leaders are asking the federal government for $47.6 million so hundreds of foster and homeless children can attend a high-quality preschool. Though children from all families in poverty will be eligible for the expanded preschool program, the state says it will give priority to children who are homeless or in foster care. Continue Reading →

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Raising Connecticut’s kindergarten age — a help or a harm?

kindergarten age art

Personal anecdotes conflict with numerous studies saying socioeconomic status and other factors outweigh age in determining success in school. The age a child starts kindergarten has nothing to do with his or her long-term academic success, those studies say. Continue Reading →

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Of butterflies, children and a governor seeking re-election

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Liberated butterflies, excitable pre-schoolers and gubernatorial politics intersected Wednesday as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy chose a YMCA playground in Meriden to publicize the allocation of funds to provide preschool education for 1,020 children. Continue Reading →

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