DANBURY – State Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-138) visited Action Learning Center in Danbury last week to read a book to preschoolers and encourage them to love reading. He participated in an initiative sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) called “Week of the Young Child,” which celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, and their families.
Action is a nationally accredited, publicly funded childcare center that educates 125 children from impoverished families in the Danbury area.
“I always get so much out of any opportunity where I can enhance children’s education experiences by sharing the joy of books and talking about how much reading has touched my own life and allowed me to achieve what I have,” said Rep. Ferguson. “I hope that inspires them to value reading as a vital part of their schooling, starting from an early age. Touring the preschool and learning about all of the amazing work that the staff there does for all of these kids reinforces the importance of keeping facilities like Action up and running.”
Rep. Ferguson cited the Care4Kids program, which grants Action some of its funding and helps low to moderate income families pay for child care costs, as being among those designed to make sure every child can excel in school from an early age.
“Early childhood education is such an underappreciated yet crucial aspect of our public education system and it is so important to support state programs like Care4Kids because they help all families give their children early starts,” said Rep. Ferguson. “It is important for us to remember that these programs should not be political targets for cost-saving measures during the budget process in Hartford. These are core functions of our government that absolutely must be prioritized because of the opportunity it gives struggling parents to work their way out of poverty and put their children on the best possible path for their futures.”