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Strategies to Make the Vision a Reality

Universal access to preschool

All 3- and 4-year olds will have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate preschool programs.

Universal access to full-day kindergarten

Every family will have access to full-day kindergarten.

Successful preschool programs depend on the quality of the program

For maximum effectiveness, preschool programs should be integrated with social and health programs. 

Rigorous credentialing of early educators

All early care and education professionals will have the foundational knowledge, competencies, and certification to implement and deliver high-quality learning experiences to children from birth to age 8.

Quality pK-3 programs

Ensure alignment of high-quality standards, curriculum, instructional practices and assessments across the pK-3 continuum. If a school district does not have high quality pK-3 programs, the benefits of preschool education fade by third grade.

Current Status

Connecticut leads the nation in access to preschool. In Connecticut, 63% of 3- and 4-year olds attend preschool, compared with 46% nationally (the range across states is 30% to 63%).4

During the 2012-13 school year, roughly half of Connecticut’s school districts offered full-time kindergarten to all of their students. By 2015, that percentage had risen to 93%.5

The University of Connecticut offers a focused early childhood leadership program for both aspiring and existing school leaders.


FOOTNOTES

   Annie E. Casey Foundation, http://www.aecf.org/blog/connecticut-and-new-jersey-make-the-grade/

5    http://wnpr.org/post/gov-malloy-wants-all-connecticut-kids-have-full-day-kindergarten#stream/0

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