Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says his package of legislative proposals includes a new state agency to oversee early childhood initiatives.
The proposal, announced Monday, calls for combining various programs previously housed in five separate state agencies. Seventy-one staff will move to a new office and four new positions will be created.
The new Office of Early Childhood Planning will require $370,000 in fiscal year 2014. Funding will be included in the governor's new, 2-year budget, to be released Wednesday.
Malloy said "a comprehensive approach for the delivery of services to children and their parents" complements the education reforms already underway.
Last year, lawmakers approved $9.8 million in early childhood initiatives, created 1,000 new spots for students in preschool programs and spent $3 million on a tiered quality rating and improvement system.
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