Start with Early Childhood
- To better coordinate education policy in the state, all publicly funded pre-K programs should be under the authority of the State Department of Education.
- The state will support early childhood education by providing or reallocating funds and modifying policies to ensure a simplified, coordinated system for supporting early childhood development across health and education programs so that all students who want to attend have access to developmentally appropriate preschool and all-day kindergarten.
- The state will establish and strengthen competency-based requirements for all early care and education professionals working with children birth to age 8, including credentialing and ongoing professional development.
- The state licensure process for private preschools will ensure that all preschools in Connecticut offer high quality, developmentally appropriate programs.
- The higher education system will strengthen or develop programs to prepare early care and education professionals to meet the needs of all young children across all early care and education settings.
- The state should develop a support system that will help districts assess their pK-3 continuum and to develop and implement activities to strengthen the quality of the continuum.