WILTON, Conn. -- State Rep. Gail Lavielle, a longtime member of the state legislature's Education Committee, made the list of 26 legislators named 2015 Children's Champions by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.
The group selects legislators each year who work closely with early childhood advocates to shape legislation that impacts the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, nutrition and safety.
Much of this year’s early childhood success involved programs and services that were saved from elimination or major cuts in the budget, including Community Plans for Early Childhood, Early Literacy, Parent Trust Fund and the Children's Trust Fund, the group said.
Among the legislation passed, according to the alliance:
- A bill that gives early childhood educators additional time to obtain their degrees;
- A bill that addresses safe sleeping practices for infants;
- A bill that implements a comprehensive mental, emotional and behavioral health plan;
- A bill that expands school readiness seat eligibility by allowing programs to serve children who don’t live in the district;
- A bill that would require law enforcement agencies to inform child care centers in emergency conditions.
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