The Governor’s proposed Fiscal Year 17 (FY 17) budget adjustment maintains support for early care and education programs at the levels passed at the end of last session. However, the budget proposes to eliminate or make cuts to programs that ensure quality improvements and a two-generation approach across Connecticut’s early care and education network.
The Governor’s proposal:
- Maintains support for School Readiness in Priority ($83.4 million) and Competitive School Districts ($10.8 million), as well as funding for Care4Kids ($122.1 million) and state-funded centers ($19.1 million).
- Consolidates a number of programs that ensure quality improvements and a two-generation approach to the early care and education network, making across-the-board reductions of 5.75 percent to these programs.
- Eliminates three early childhood programs: Even Start ($451,250), Improving Early Literacy ($142,500), and Wraparound Services ($25,000).