Some Discovery communities are just starting out when it comes to the idea of a Early Childhood Blueprint; others are ready to unveil their work on the project.
Several members of the CT Early Childhood Alliance were featured in an article that ran Dec. 24, 2009 in the Hartford Courant on the town's early childhood blueprint plan.
Alliance co-chair Merrill Gay was interviewed about one of the potential initiatives of the New Britain Early Childhood Blueprint. The idea is to limit the amount of juice and soda children have access to, helping reduce childhood obesity rates in town.
A road map in hand, the New Haven Early Childhood Council (NHECC) is working toward the goal of ensuring that all children start kindergarten with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
This report updates policy developments made in different states when it comes to professional development, child care subsidies, child care regulations, quality rating and improvement systems, infant/toddler, pre-K, Kindergarten, Birth to Five, child assessment, quality enhancements, governance, public/private partnerships, statewide councils, health care, early intervention, mental health, collective bargaining, charter schools, public schools and tax credits. Connecticut is not one of the states featured in this report, but Massachusetts and Rhode Island are.