NORWALK, Conn. – The early child development program run by Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc, (NEON) has been funded by the State of Connecticut Department of Education through June 30, 2014, a press release said.
The DOE has also increased NEON’s funding for the program by $1,424,831.20, raising the current contract amount from $6,199,038.20 to $7,623,869.40, the release said.
NEON Chief Operating Officer Chiquita Stephenson greeted the news with satisfaction, the release said.
“With this contract extension and the award of additional funding, we believe that the state has expressed confidence in the capable way in which our program is operated,” she said in the release. “This action also recognizes the excellent performance of our staff in providing a quality and creative learning environment for our city’s most valuable and important asset, our children. In no way will we interpret this good news as a reason to relax. We will, however, work smarter and harder to ensure that effective, efficient and quality programs and services are provided to the children and families of Norwalk.”
NEON’s early childhood development program is separate from its Headstart program.