- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is receiving nearly $11.7 million in federal funds to expand high-quality preschool.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the money will allow the state to continue providing preschool education to 439 children while improving the quality of preschool for another 291. That’s a total of 730 four-year-olds who live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

The affected children live in 13 high-need communities, including Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Griswold, Groton, Hamden, Killingly, Manchester, Naugatuck, Seymour, Torrington, Vernon and Wolcott.

The funding will allow those towns to offer preschool programs with comprehensive services to students and families and teacher compensation equal to K-12 teachers’ salaries.

The funding was awarded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services through a competitive grant process.

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