State Receives Federal Dollars to Expand Pre-K

Connecticut is another step further along the path toward universal preschool thanks to a grant from the federal government. The state has been awarded $12.5 million toward expanding high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities next year. Policymakers are increasingly recognizing the importance of high-quality pre-K. Last spring state lawmakers approved legislation to create more than…

Final Decision on Master’s Degree Requirements Postponed Until February

Though the State Board of Education (SBE) gave initial approval to changes to the master’s degree requirement impacting professional level certification at its meeting yesterday, the final decision about what constitutes an “appropriate subject area master’s related to a teacher’s certification endorsement” won’t be made until the SBE meets in February. A small group of…

December Deals and Discounts

NEA Member Benefits is the place to go for deals and discounts this holiday season. Check out the highlighted offers for December. NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for December—all designed to make your holiday entertaining and…

Higher Wages for Child Care Providers Would Mean Better Quality Early Education for Kids

Public school educators see firsthand the positive results of high-quality early childhood education. The problem is, all early childhood education isn’t top-quality. This morning at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, early childhood advocates joined together at a press conference to call for improving the quality of education for the youngest in our state by…