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Lt. Gov. puts focus on early childhood education, reading

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Norwalk, CT | Added on July 25, 2013 At 05:00 PM

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman toured three different locations in Norwalk Thursday along with local officials.  The tour was based around education.

Wyman visited the Brighter Futures program at Marvin Elementary School.  Brighter Futures serves children with little preschool experience.  Many are also English Language Learners.

"If you can read by the third grade, you have a good chance at getting a good education and being successful," Wyman says.  "If you can't read by third grade, you might have some problems."

Norwalk Sen. Bob Duff says research shows children need preschool experience.

"If they don't get it, they may be behind in kindergarten.  They may be behind the rest of their school career," he says.

Wyman says the state has continued to get behind early childhood education.  For instance, in June, she says, the state created an Office of Early Childhood.  But the lieutenant governor says more work needs to be done to replicate programs like Brighter Futures.

Wyman says the state needs to copy programs that are working and bring those ideas into programs that are not working.

There is "probably even more of a need than we think there is," according to Duff.

"When we open these kinds of programs, sometimes more kids come than we [anticipate]," he says.

Wyman also visited restaurant Nik's Place in East Norwalk and Akademos, a local online college textbook store.

She says a lot of her time visiting Norwalk Thursday had to do with reading.

"We have to emphasize this more and more, and to learn what other school systems are doing and what other programs are being generated," she says.

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