Associated Press

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — More than 1,000 additional pre-kindergarten slots are being allocated throughout Connecticut to help provide early childhood education to more needy children.

Appearing Wednesday at the Meriden YMCA Child Care Center, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the 1,020 slots scattered throughout 46 communities are another step toward providing universal access to pre-kindergarten in the state. They’re part of a five-year plan to expand the state’s school readiness program to serve 4,010 additional children by 2019.

The state funds approximately 12,000 school readiness slots for mostly needy preschoolers.

Myra Jones-Taylor, commissioner of the state’s Office of Early Childhood Education, said the additional slots will give more 3- and 4-year-olds “a chance to grow and learn in an enriched learning environment with qualified teachers” while helping to close the achievement gap between wealthy and needy students.

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Towns Getting the Largest Number of Approved Spaces:

Bridgeport – 126

New Britain – 101

Bristol – 73

Norwalk – 70

Hartford – 40


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