by Jennifer Swift
Feb 7, 2014
02:25 PMConnecticut Politics
Malloy Announces more Funding for Pre-K During Speech in Hamden
Following his State of the State address Thursday which introduced his initiative for universal pre-k throughout the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke at length on the issue Friday.
From the New Haven Register: Malloy said he plans to add 1,020 slots to pre-kindergarten programs for the 2015 fiscal year; expanding to a total of 4,010 students by 2019.
Malloy is adamant about the program being open to all students.
“We want to make sure we quickly can get to a position where no child in the state is denied the opportunity,” Malloy said.
Malloy said the program, which would be universal n Connecticut, will cost $14 million, which has been built into the 2014-15 fiscal budget.
“Part of budgeting is recognizing priorities,” Malloy said.
Eligibility for the program will be based on income and will use existing eligibility requirements for the state’s readiness programs.
Malloy noted part of the process will be helping districts recognize the capacity levels at their facilities.
“We’ll start with 30 districts and then expand to 60. The reality is certain districts are growing and others are shrinking,” Malloy said.