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June 3, 2013

Bye Honored as a ‘Child Champion’ by the CT Early Childhood Alliance

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L-R: Rob Arpin, Jillian Gilchrest, Jenn Vendetti, Karen Scheinerman, Senator Beth Bye.

State Senator Beth Bye (D-West Hartford) was honored today by the CT Early Childhood Alliance as a ‘Child Champion’ for being a strong voice in the state legislature for the creation of the Office of Early Childhood and for being a longtime supporter of Connecticut’s youngest children and their families.

“Senator Bye has been a strong supporter of early childhood initiatives, even before serving in the General Assembly,” said Maggie Adair, Executive Director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance. “She understands how important the early years are in shaping a child’s future endeavors. During the 2013 legislative session, Beth strongly supported the proposal to create an Office of Early Childhood, and her support of this legislation has proven invaluable.”

Sen. Bye, who is Senate Chairwoman of the Higher Education Committee, says it takes a cooperative effort between legislators and advocates to create effective public policy.

“The way to make great public policy in Connecticut is to meld community input with active legislators. That’s what we did with child advocates to create the Office of Early Childhood,” said Sen. Bye, who is a longtime early childhood education advocate. “Great legislation comes from the grassroots and from passionate, informed children’s advocates like the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. I thank you for this honor.”

The CT Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide membership and advocacy organization committed to improving developmental outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security for children ages birth through eight.



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