To the Editor:
Recently a group of concerned citizens including parents, teachers, family outreach workers, and community activists met at the South Norwalk Library as a follow up to the Community Conversation held in November of last year. The Conversation was sponsored by the Norwalk Early Childhood Council (NECC) through funding from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. There were three discussion groups included one centered on early childhood education.
Areas of discussion in the early childhood group included ensuring that families get the information that they need to help their children and the barriers to preschool access. Another area that the group feels requires attention is the need to expose children of all ages to a variety of cultures in order to facilitate socialization into the middle years and beyond.
Our next steps include looking for different ways to make sure that all parents receive the information that they need to make informed decisions about early care and education. Some strategies might be for well-informed community members to provide information to others in their neighborhood, a section in the newspaper or other media dedicated to early childhood issues or printed information left in strategic areas throughout the community.
We also hope to make progress in addressing the barriers that many families face when trying to access preschool education for their young children. This could include surveying needs and assessing gaps in service and then working to address those needs.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Norwalk Early Childhood Office at 203-854-4148.
The Family Support Alliance of the Norwalk Early Childhood Council
Early Childhood Coordinator
City of Norwalk