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Malloy pushes for universal pre-K in Connecticut

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Gov. Dannel Malloy said a head start in the classroom can lead to a better education and a better life, that's why he's rolling out a plan to bring universal pre-K to Connecticut.

Malloy is expected to head to the Helen Street School in Hamden on Friday to talk about the plan and said early education is one of the best ways to level the playing field.

The announcement was made on Thursday during Malloy's State of the State address in Hartford. He's proposing more than 1,000 new pre-K slots for next September, but Malloy said he sees this as only a start because his administration estimates that right now there are more than 4,000 low-income 3- and 4-year-olds who would benefit greatly from pre-K, but those needs are not being met.

That's why Malloy's goal is to have universal pre-K in Connecticut by 2019.

"It will be a long and thoughtful process, but if you believe like I do that education is the civil rights issue of our time, then I ask you to join in so that every child has access to pre-kindergarten," Malloy said Thursday.

This pre-K push is nothing new to Malloy and his administration. Last year his budget included money to create 1,000 new pre-K slots for Connecticut's neediest school districts.

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