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With dedicated staff and book-star teddy bears, the Danbury program prepares children for kindergarten

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Danbury — When Danbury School Readiness began 25 years ago, it served 75 children in five classrooms, helping young children prepare for kindergarten.

Since then, over 10,000 preschool children have benefited from the program, funding over 400 preschool spaces in 33 classrooms and serving over 1,000 children in the Danbury area. I’m here.

With the help of a dedicated staff (and a beloved teddy bear who recently became a children’s book star), the program caters primarily to low-income people while helping children adjust to the school environment. I’ve been supporting you.

92% of families enrolled in the program are from Danbury, but 83% of families earn less than 75% of the state median income.

The program has been successful in terms of performance disparity, as children from low-income families who participate in the program tend to do well. The same is true for students who speak English as a second language.

“We found that children who were English Language Learners (ELLs) developed more rapidly than non-ELL children. “Low-income children start much lower on initial skill assessments, but are more likely to attend quality programs.” Then their growth will be astronomical.The achievement gap will shrink.”

Program members were recognized on August 26 by elected officials during the annual Toddler Day for their contributions to the program. This included educators who created children’s books for students and others who advocated for the program.

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