Malloy Calls For New Office To Better Serve Connecticut Preschoolers

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced plans to formally establish a statewide Office of Early Childhood.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced plans to formally establish a statewide Office of Early Childhood. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tito Davila

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plans to reintroduce a bill to formally establish a Connecticut Office of Early Childhood to provide a comprehensive, collaborative system for delivering improved programs and services to children from birth to age 5 and their parents.

"I signed an Executive Order last year establishing the Office of Early Childhood because this fundamental priority was too vital to put on hold," Malloy said in a statement. "With another legislative session on the horizon, I believe it’s critical that the office be statutorily created to ensure future continuity of services. A smart, coordinated system that makes sure we are providing quality services to the children who need them is an important part of our effort to give everyone in our state the chance to succeed throughout their lives."

Passage of the bill would codify into statute the agency which was created by Executive Order No. 35 signed by Malloy last June. The legislation is also necessary to detail the transfer of authority of the other state agencies to the OEC.

“A strong foundation in early childhood education helps to ensure that our youngest children are not starting out already behind," Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said in a statement. "The preparation of all our children for lifelong success is a shared responsibility across state agencies. The creation of the Office of Early Childhood establishes a critical partner in this work and promises to be an indispensable resource for young children and families.”

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Thank You governor Malloy for looking out for our children. On the other hand the republicans only look out for their buddies in big oil

Blah blah blah. Big oil has NOTHING to do with CT or our troubles. We are talking STATE politics here, Democrats are a cancer on CT in every way shape & form. Unless you are a bottom feeding social leach or a wealthy person CT has little to offer. The Middle class is being pushed either out of the state or into poverty by them.

Kenny with the same old same old..

Why is it his job to look after 'our' children? The grip of cradle to grave govt is what our Founders were escaping...

Anything to grow Govt. Never mind he already can't pay the bills. These Democrats are the most irresponsible simple minded people on Earth.

Kenny I know you hate facts but here is a fact
Connecticut's new surplus is twice what analysts thought it would be, and for a state that in 2011 faced a massive $3 billion budget hole it’s great to be in the black at last. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement that the increased surplus “. . . highlights the continued progress we have made in turning a record-setting $3.6 billion deficit to a surplus of more than $500 million, while at the same time making smart investments to improve our education system and grow jobs.”

Governor Malloy

Surplus? We have no surplus, we are operating in the red. Where do you come up with this crap? No wonder you can vote for a man who left Stamford to poor to provide fireworks on the fourth of July. No wonder you support a party who has taken the great state of CT from a great place to live & work to the highest taxed state in the nation.

More high cost, unionized government, higher taxes on the way....

This, just a day after the state of Wisconsin's governor turned a $3.6 deficit into a $1 billion surplus and is returning the money to taxpayers.

Quite a contrast.

We are getting an invoice for higher taxes from our Democrat governor. Wisconsin is getting a billion dollar check back from their Republican governor.

Do we really need more Government?