Governor Outlines $12M Early Childhood Ed Proposal

The proposal includes bond funding for a statewide rating and improvement system, according to the Hartford Courant.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced on Thursday a $12 million proposal to improve early childhood education programs, according to the Hartford Courant

Malloy's proposal includes $4 million to send 500 children from low-income families to preschool, $5 million in bond funding to create a statewide Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS) and $3 million to give both professionals and non-professionals incentives to continue their early childhood education training.  

According to the Courant, the proposal was mostly drawn from the state's federal "Race to the Top" application, which deemed unsuccessful last year. 

“I’ve spoken of the importance of early childhood education for many years now,” Malloy said in a statement. “When I was mayor of , we led the way in making pre-k available to every child. Every childhood provider and the educators who run their programs need and deserve more support from the state. The work they do is critical to our children’s future, and indeed the future of our whole state.” 

Malloy hopes the 500 open preschool slots in his proposal will be filled in time for the students to start class in September, according the Courant.

In a release Saturday, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance applauded the governor's initiative, saying that the governor’s plan will increase slots, invest in professional development and create a quality rating system that allows families to choose the best program for their children.

“The governor’s plan demonstrates his passion and commitment to building a solid foundation for young children in Connecticut,” Maggie Adair, CT Early Childhood Alliance executive director said in the release.  “The proposal both increases access and improves quality of early childhood programs in Connecticut. Investing in early childhood is critical to prepare young childrento succeed and close the achievement gap.”

The Connecticut Education Association's "View from a Classroom" report, , included two proposals that match Malloy's plan for improving the state's public school system — expanded support for preschool programs and full-day kindergarten.

Sami Mehmed Jr February 07, 2012 at 08:00 PM
@JIm. can you be more specific? Which subsidies, services and expensive support are you making reference too? Your statement was great. Aroused much interest. Paralleled a sound bite from a politician running for office. Pretty please elaborate!!!
Kelley Lanahan February 07, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Andrew. Check your facts on this. May not be in the US Constitution, but "free and equal access to a public education" is absolutely a right in this state. And most others.
Kelley Lanahan February 07, 2012 at 11:48 PM
So they have a shot at not being a long-term, expensive social "obligation" down the road? Read the studies Mr. Moore. At risk kids are the ones who benefit most from early education and interventions as needed. I have no doubt you're ready to fire off another "that's the parent's issue" (and Michael Mercier -- it's a both PARENT's issue, not just a Mom's obligation). That all works great as long as the parents themselves have an interest in education, the means to "teach" young children, don't have substance abuse issues, aren't trying to work three jobs just to keep a roof over their head, etc. etc. Early childhood education is all about breaking a cycle of dependancy. Plain and simple.
Joe McLaughlin February 08, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Stop for a moment and think about the child. Those commenting here were born into better circumstances. Was that the result of your hard work and independence? To those commenting from the moral high ground...who was it that said "what ever you do for the least among you you do for...."
Sami Mehmed Jr February 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
@Joe McLaughlin, the statement " those commenting here were born into better circumstances" is an assumption. You must know what assuming does to a person. I would elaborate but since you are also anonymous, anonymous com mentors don't deserve the transparency.


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