Governor Ned Lamont and members of the Stamford legislative delegation, along with local leaders held a press conference on Tuesday, September 21 highlighting the work that Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC) does to address education, public and metal health disparities and ensure students had access to high-quality education during the pandemic.
The press conference highlighted a $1.4 million award CLC received through the Office of Early Childhood’s Ready, Set, Rebuild Stabilization Fund program. The funds were used to support operating expenses allowing for an increase in wages for CLC teachers and staff, playground renovations, and strengthening education programs offered by CLC, including Head Start and Early Head Start.
The OEC Ready Set Rebuild program provides child care programs with funding to help recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible programs must be open and currently serving children or will be reopening and serving children within 30 days of applying. Funding can be used towards rent, mortgage, or utilities, payroll and benefits, professional development, cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment, and more.
Using $346 million in federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act, OEC launched the Ready Set Rebuild initiative to help stabilize Connecticut’s child care industry.
CLC, established in 1902, is the state’s second largest child care provider with eight locations in Stamford. It has provided early childhood education as well as health, nutrition, and family support services for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years of age.