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Senator Williams Salute's Eastern's Early Childhood Program

williams.jpgSen. Donald Williams Jr., President Pro Tempore of the Connecticut State Senate, held a press conference on Feb. 24 at Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center to call for an expansion of access to high quality pre-kindergarten programs, and to highlight Eastern's research and work in training early childhood education teachers.

"Eastern Child and Development Resource Center's innovative research plays a critical role in expanding our understanding of how children learn, and provides train and support for future teachers and early education professionals," said Williams.

Julia DeLapp, coordinator for Eastern's Center for Early Childhood Education, said, "Governor Malloy and Senator Williams understand the importance of expanding access to high quality preschool The leadership they have shown in supporting the creation of the Office of Early Childhood, and in planning for more that 4,000 new pre-K slots sets Connecticut apart from many other states."

Niloufar Rezai, director of the CFDRC, said, "Increasing access to high quality School Readiness programs will reduce the achievement gap and help all of Connecticut's children become life-long learners."

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