oec: Federal Preschool Development Grants Program: Expansion Application

Federal Preschool Development Grants Program: Expansion Application

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) was awarded nearly $12.5 million for the first year of a four-year grant to expand high-quality preschool in Connecticut. The grant will expand access to high-quality state-funded preschool programs for 428 children and improve the quality of state-funded preschool programs for another 284 children, for a total of 712 four-year-olds who are at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Line in 13 high-need communities. The 13 communities are Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Griswold, Groton, Hamden, Killingly, Manchester, Naugatuck, Seymour, Torrington, Vernon and Wolcott.
High-quality components, as defined in this grant, will be foundational to this project. Connecticuts plan will improve quality by:
  • offering comprehensive services in our State Preschool Programs;
  • offering teacher compensation equal to K-12 teachers;
  • deepening family engagement practices at the local level;
  • forging a seamless birth-through-third-grade continuum at the local level; and
  • enhancing our professional development system to offer more targeted and individualized coaching, mentoring and consultation designed to meet the unique needs of programs and teachers.
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