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State to continue funding pre-K expansion despite lack of budget

With no state budget in place for the current fiscal year – and the school year quickly approaching – uncertainty had surrounded whether the state would provide the money it promised district leaders when they expanded or opened new preschool classrooms over the last two school years. Continue Reading →

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Malloy, lawmakers: dueling plans for ‘universal access’ to pre-k

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed providing “universal access” to preschool, he said it would cost the state an additional $51.1 million a year. When Democratic legislators released their plans two months later to provide “universal access,” they said it would cost the state $10 million a year. Why such a huge difference? Continue Reading →

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Democrats unveil plan, and funding, for step toward universal pre-K

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Thousands of Connecticut students start kindergarten each year already trailing their peers academically because they didn’t attend preschool. Democratic legislative leaders announced Wednesday they intend to pass legislation that will pay for thousands more children to enroll in public schools’ preschool programs. Continue Reading →

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Two approaches to preschool access

When it comes to preschool education, New Jersey and Connecticut are a tale of two states. In New Jersey, the courts mandated access to preschool for every child in the state’s poorest school districts. In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants the state to get there on its own.He is proposing an expansion of state-funded preschool, even as city and town leaders are asking the courts to require a massive expansive of education funding, including for preschool. But Ellen Frede, who started the universal preschool program as a top official in the New Jersey Department of Education, said that while it’s great to have a governor who supports early education, it’s much easier for universal preschool to become a reality when it’s a requirement.”We simply have to get it done,” Malloy told a roomful of early education advocates and experts Thursday at early education forum hosted by the Connecticut Mirror. “Court orders are really nice things,” said Frede, a national early education expert from New York-based Acelero Learning. Continue Reading →

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