Caleb Cantres-Maldonado was all of 6 weeks old and just stirring from a nap when his mother propped him up and pointed him in the direction of a picture book.
“Look what I have! See the book?” said Milenka St. Clair, a family support worker who visits Caleb’s Manassas home once a week. “It’s a drum! What else do you see?”
Caleb’s head flopped to one side. St. Clair tapped the page loudly, then moved it left and right and up and down. The baby’s eyes, still cloudy and a little crossed, followed her movements.
Today, Governor Dannel Malloy released his early childhood plan to better coordinate services aimed at improving outcomes for Connecticut’s youngest children. The plan is the result of legislation passed in 2011, Public Act 11-181, which received strong, bi-partisan legislative support in both chambers of the General Assembly.
The Child Health and Development Institute will meet Friday with officials in the legislature and various state departments to discuss the health of young children in the state and ways to improve it.