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.
As many as 60,000 Connecticut children are not enrolled in any sort of pre-K program. These children are all but guaranteed to enter the classroom academically and socially behind their peers.
Today in Connecticut we are on the verge of exciting changes that may improve outcomes for all of our children.
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?
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.
Gov. Malloy on universal preschool: 'We simply have to get it done.' 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 […]