The Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement released a comprehensive set of recommendations aimed at improving education for all students, especially low-income students. These recommendations amount to a ten year plan to improve Connecticut’s Pre-K to 12 education system. Among the recommendations is to expand pre-K for low-income students.
Early childhood education has become a critical issue among Chamber of Commerce members, because they realize the importance of a world-class education system. ICW believes that high-quality early learning programs for children yield high returns.
This report urges for an integrated system of early care and education to help children, beginning at birth, to be able to read by the end of third grade.
This issue brief explains the importance of keeping smart early childhood programs intact. The brief notes that states should budget wisely in order to protect valuable and effect early childhood programs, such as home visitations, pre-K, parent-mentoring programs, quality child care, etc.
Some of the report highlights include: 69,589 children received subsidized child care services in Connecticut; 20,720 children and their families received monthly financial assistance from the Care 4 Kids program; 10,149 preschool children participated in the School Readiness Program; 4,336 children, ages 1-12, participated in the State-supported Child Care Center Program; Approximately 8,000 early caregivers participated in the statewide training offered through the Training Program in Child Development;
The purpose of the survey is to provide a "snapshot" of the availability of child care in Connecticut and the number of children served. Licensed and licensed exempt child care programs are surveyed to verify if they are currently operating, the ages served, capacity, vacancy and enrollment based on full time equivalents.