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8/25/2014 - TOMORROW: Mayor Finch visits Pre-K Facility that has 54 New Slots this Year

“As a parent, and mayor of the state's largest city, I've seen firsthand how tough it is for kids who don't have access to high-quality early childhood education. And, research is clear: If kids aren't reading at the level they should be by third grade, they're less likely to graduate. But thanks to the leadership of Governor Malloy and state legislators, more kids in Bridgeport will have access to the high-quality education they deserve, preparing them to one day attend college and compete for 21st century jobs.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

  • WHAT: Press Conference followed by a walkthrough of Cheyenne’s Early Learning Center, home to 54 new Pre-K slots.
  • WHERE: Cheyenne's Early Learning Center, 789 Reservoir Ave., Bridgeport, CT.
  • WHEN: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 26.
  • WHO: Mayor Bill Finch, City Council member Rev. Mary McBride-Lee, Lee Helmerich, School Readiness Coordinator, Tina Peloso-Ulreich, Director of Early Childhood Education, and Pamela D. Hinton, manager of Cheyenne’s Early Learning Center.

Bridgeport, Connecticut (August 25, 2014) – Tomorrow, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch will host a press conference regarding Pre-K education in Bridgeport, followed by a walkthrough of Cheyenne’s Early Learning Center, 789 Reservoir Ave. This comes just months after he was a vocal supporter of a bill that was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Malloy, which added 1,020 pre-k slots this year alone across Connecticut. Of the more than 1,000 new slots statewide, 126 are in the state’s largest city. Cheyenne’s is home to 54 of these 126 new Pre-K slots.

For background on Mayor Finch advocating for pre-k legislation, click here (Link: http://bit.ly/1sKIZ9G) and here (Link: http://bit.ly/1sSAI4G).

“As a parent, and mayor of the state's largest city, I've seen firsthand how tough it is for kids who don't have access to high-quality early childhood education,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “And, research is clear: If kids aren't reading at the level they should be by third grade, they're less likely to graduate. That’s unacceptable. But thanks to the leadership of Governor Malloy and state legislators, more kids in Bridgeport will have access to the high-quality education they deserve, preparing them to one day attend college and compete for 21st century jobs.”

For more information on the allocation of pre-k opportunities in Connecticut this year, click here (Link: http://1.usa.gov/1qaWSjo).