8/11/2014 - TOMORROW: Mayor Finch reads to pre-k students as Bridgeport receives 126 new pre-k slots this year

“As a parent, and mayor of the state's largest city, I've seen firsthand how tough it is for kids who don't have access to high-quality early childhood education. And, research is clear: If kids aren't reading at the level they should be by third grade, they're less likely to graduate. But thanks to the leadership of Governor Malloy and state legislators, more kids in Bridgeport will have access to the high-quality education they deserve, preparing them to one day attend college and compete for 21st century jobs.” – Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

Ø  WHAT: Mayor Finch reads to pre-k Students.

Ø  WHERE: St. John’s Church, 768 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, CT.

Ø  WHEN: 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12.

Ø  WHO: Mayor Bill Finch and Pre-K students and St. John’s Childcare Staff members.

Bridgeport, Connecticut (August 11, 2014) – Tomorrow, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch will read aloud to pre-k students at St. John’s Childcare Center in Bridgeport, Conn. This comes just months after he was a vocal supporter of a bill that was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Malloy, which added 1,020 pre-k slots this year alone across Connecticut. Of the more than 1,000 new slots statewide, 126 are in the state’s largest city.

For background on Mayor Finch advocating for pre-k legislation last year, click here (Link: http://bit.ly/1sKIZ9G) and here (Link: http://bit.ly/1sSAI4G).

“As a parent, and mayor of the state's largest city, I've seen firsthand how tough it is for kids who don't have access to high-quality early childhood education,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “And, research is clear: If kids aren't reading at the level they should be by third grade, they're less likely to graduate. That’s unacceptable. But thanks to the leadership of Governor Malloy and state legislators, more kids in Bridgeport will have access to the high-quality education they deserve, preparing them to one day attend college and compete for 21st century jobs.”

For more information on the allocation of pre-k opportunities in Connecticut this year, click here (Link: http://1.usa.gov/1qaWSjo).