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Report: Fewer families get help from state for day care

  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 […]

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Plans for quality and safety ratings for Connecticut day cares ‘on hold’

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).

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Connecticut’s early education plan gets a C, no federal funds

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 […]

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CT seeks federal funds to turn day care centers into preschools

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 […]

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CT tries new approach to help the 25% of urban students who can’t read

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 […]

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Panic at Head Start in Bridgeport, then a possible reprieve — from the private sector

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 […]

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Biden: CT’s early childhood system ‘a real model for the rest of the Country’

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 […]

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Universal preschool headed for Connecticut?

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 […]