Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Responds to Proposal for Office of Early Childhood Learning

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The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), a statewide nonprofit educational administration organization which represents public school superintendents, assistant superintendents and other educational leaders across the state, offers perspective on the proposed creation of an Office of Early Childhood Learning.

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), a statewide nonprofit educational administration organization which represents public school superintendents, assistant superintendents and other educational leaders across the state, offers the following perspective on the proposed creation of an Office of Early Childhood Learning.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy's recent proposal for the creation of an Office of Early Childhood Education would combine and coordinate services to children from birth to five years of age and their families. These services are currently provided by a variety of Departments through a scattered approach.

CAPSS believes that the coordination of services for children from birth to five and their families and establishment of an Office of Early Childhood Learning is more functional than the scattered approach currently in place. CAPSS feels strongly that, if the Office is to be led by a cabinet position, it is best housed under the supervision of the Commissioner of Education.

“Early childhood learning is critical to ensuring all of Connecticut’s students can perform at the levels expected of them,” said Joseph Cirasuolo, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS). “We are supportive of the Governor’s efforts to create a central office to oversee these efforts and are hopeful that a plan can be formalized to sustain the Office and its initiatives.”

While CAPSS feels there are benefits to establishing a centralized Office of Early Childhood Learning in Connecticut, it believes sources of funding need to be carefully considered before the State formally commits to its formation. Consideration must be given to how the Office will be supported and sustained as it extends services to all students birth to five and expands services beyond education.

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About The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents:
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), based in West Hartford, CT, has been the voice of superintendents of schools in Connecticut for 104 years. The mission of the CAPSS is to lead the continuous improvement of public education for all students by advocating public policy for children and by developing and supporting executive school leaders. To learn more, visit http://www.capss.org.

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