State Rep. DebraLee Hovey has been recognized as a Child Champion 2009 by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for her legislative commitment to improving the educational, health and emotional well-being of young children in Connecticut.
“The Alliance recognized Rep. Hovey and a group of other legislators who have worked to improve the lives of Connecticut’s young children, especially in this tough economic climate” said Alliance Executive Director Shaun McNally.
McNally lauded Rep. Hovey for support of child-friendly initiatives like Head Start programs, family resource centers and various school readiness programs.
The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a group of approximately 50 state organizations and thousands of individuals committed to improving developmental outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security for children ages birth to eight. The goal of the Alliance is for all children born in Connecticut to enter kindergarten healthy, eager to learn, and ready for school success.
One of the Alliance’s legislative successes this session has been the creation of a single form for preschool and childcare service providers to use to apply for state funding. That bill, House Bill 5841, unanimously passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by the governor on May 20, 2009.