Early Childhood

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
State to Continue Funding Pre-K Expansion Despite Lack of Budget

HARTFORD, CT -- The state notified 24 school districts Friday that it will pay for preschool programs the state has historically funded. 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. The state will provide $3.3 million to continue funding 45 classrooms that will enroll 665 youngsters, mostly from low-income families.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Home-visiting Program for First-time Families Expands in CT

NEW HAVEN, CT -- Yale University’s Minding the Baby® (MTB) National Office was awarded an 18-month grant from the Grossman Family Foundation beginning in January 2017 to expand the MTB home visiting intervention in Connecticut. The MTB National Office is partnering with Family & Children’s Agency in Norwalk and Family Centers in Stamford to replicate the MTB model to serve young families through these agencies.

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Early Childhood: An Effective Long-term Investment in Connecticut’s Children

HARTFORD, CT -- Richard A. Sussman, director of early childhood investments for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, makes the case for "good investments based on research about what really works and have promise for making a positive and long-term impact." "One of the state’s recent examples of a good investment is the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC). Budget proposals recommend decreasing or eliminating the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood to create short-term savings.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Study Finds At-Risk Wrap-Around Supports Critical to Child Care and Preschool Quality

NEW HAVEN, CT -- High quality early childhood programs have immense positive short and long-term effects for children, families, and the state economy, according to a new study from Connecticut Voices for Children. The research was supported by Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.