Report On Early Childhood Education
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A new report says reducing turnover among caretakers and teachers of Connecticut’s youngest children could bolster the state’s early education efforts.
A group of legislators and education advocates want the state to offer more help for those employees to pursue college degrees, potentially boosting their pay and reducing turnover.
They also support a pending bill to create a new state agency to consolidate programs dealing with early childhood education and caregiving.
The programs are currently spread across five agencies.
Connecticut Charts-A-Course, a project of the state’s community college system, released the report Tuesday. It says the state’s average early childhood caregivers and teachers are paid $24,500 annually.
About 42,000 children are born in Connecticut each year, and education officials say strong early childhood programs are critical before kindergarten.
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