Early Care and Preschool Education Opportunities in Middletown!
Parents often wonder if it's important for their three or four year old child to participate in a preschool program. The answer is an emphatic "Yes!". We have long known that young children's involvement in high quality preschool and child care programs has positive effects on their intellectual development and academic achievement. The evidence is strong and clear that a quality preschool program can significantly reduce poor school performance. Study after study has documented that children who have had a preschool experience, either through a nursery school program or in a child care center, enter kindergarten with better language skills, better motor skills, and a broad base of knowledge. Children who spend time in high-quality programs adjust emotionally and socially to elementary school with greater ease than those without such an experience. With all this evidence in hand, it just makes sense to do all that we can to give every child a preschool experience before entering school. Make sure your preschooler is enrolled in a program for the upcoming year! If you are looking for an early care program for your child, aged birth to 3, please also contact the School Readiness Office.
Early Childhood Advocacy Day on April 13th was a success! We had a turnout of about 60 people, with a great panel of folks talking about the important work Local Early Childhood Councils do at the community level. The panel consisted of parents from Colchester and Stamford, an LECC Coordinator from Norwalk, and a Child Care Director from East Hampton, State Representatives and even a Senator, all with their own view on why their LECC is so important to their community. Senator Gayle Slossberg, Representative Randall, and Representative Tim Ackert were instrumental in the panel discussion, fully supporting the work of LECC's. The event went very well, and was the start to conversations on how to continue to support the work of LECC's, especially with Graustein funds ending in June of 2016. Even Andy Fleischmann stopped by to listen and get in on some photo ops!
Middletown met with local delagates and enjoyed a photo op on the Senate floor with Senator Paul Doyle and Senator Dante Bartolomeo.
LECC Day Panelists!
Story Train to Readiness Success program, funded by the Middletown School Readiness Council, Community Foundation of Middlesex County, the Connecticut Storytelling Center, and the School Readiness programs: Town & Country Early Learning Center, Bright & Early Learning Center, Snow Preschool, YMCA, and South Farms Nursery School.
Photo below of a Storytelling session at South Farms Nursery School, Spring 2015
If you would like assistance finding a preschool or child care program for your child, contact the Middletown School Readiness Coordinator at 860-346-7354.