The governor is proposing that every child in Connecticut have access to preschool by 2018.
Thousands of people from across the state wrote Gov. Dannel P. Malloy after he asked residents to let him know about obsolete, burdensome, or otherwise ineffective state regulations. Here are a few highlights.
The number of families the state helped to cover the cost of preschool or day care decreased by nearly 600 infants and toddlers between fiscal 2012 and 2013, a state child-advocacy group reported Friday. The decrease follows the highly touted initiative approved by state legislators and the governor that funded spots for 1,000 more children […]
State investigators have concluded that the state’s largest public school system “systemically violated” state laws created to ensure students with special education needs are promptly identified and provided services.
Several attempts have been made through the years to launch a statewide rating system for day care centers and preschools so parents will know if they are safe and what the quality of the programs are. This was a goal of the Malloy administration, but with the state’s second failed bid to land federal Race to the Top funding to pay for the initiative, a rating system is “on hold,” according to a report in the website of the Connecticut Health Investigative Team (c-hit.org).
Gov. Malloy visits a preschool in Meriden with his director of early education and education commissioner The U.S. Department of Education has rejected Connecticut’s request for $37.5 million in Race to the Top funds aimed at overhauling day care centers and preschools by attempting to ensure they are safe and providing educational value. “The State […]
Only four states require their Head Start preschool programs to meet certain benchmarks recommended by child experts: keeping class sizes under 20 students, and below eight students for infant classrooms; and keeping certain adult-to-child ratios.
Gov. Malloy visits a preschool classroom in Meriden The state spends millions of dollars every year to send babies and young children to day care centers without monitoring them to determine if they are safe and without requiring that they provide anything of educational value. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is proposing to change this. In […]
It took third grade teacher Marcy Deschaine three minutes to determine that one of her students was struggling to read. And it took her another three minutes of hearing Corey Lipscomb read from a book about making pizza to determine that this student’s reading was where it should be. “You’re in the green,” Deschaine, who […]
Bridgeport — Closed because of the federal government shutdown, Head Start centers in six states, including Connecticut, are being offered a bailout by a retired Texas hedge fund manager. Philanthropists Laura and John Arnold Monday have offered an interest-free $10 million loan to temporarily reopen the programs in all six states. John Arnold was a hedge fund […]
Photo of day care cited for safety violations When parents search for day care, many trust that because a center or a home is licensed by the state, it must be safe. But a federal audit of 20 home day care providers in Connecticut tells a different story. “We determined that all 20 of the […]
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy named Myra Jones-Taylor the executive director of the new Office of Early Childhood Tuesday during an appearance on WNPR’s Where We Live radio talk show. Jones-Taylor was tapped by Malloy in May 2012 to create a plan for what many early childhood adovates call a fractured delivery system that spends over […]
A bill that would have raised the minimum age for students to enter kindergarten — a move that would delay the start of public school for about 1,600 students a year — has failed to gather the support of legislators on the Education Committee. Rep. Andy Fleischmann, the committee’s co-chairman, said during a meeting last […]
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy received accolades from Vice President Joe Biden last month for the education the state provides its youngest students. “Connecticut’s success with early childhood education is a real model for the rest of the Country. As you well know, early childhood education is critical to America’s future,” Biden wrote the governor after […]
President Obama is calling for universal preschool for every 4-year-old. “I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America,” Obama said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. “Let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind. Let’s give […]