For the fourth time, State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, has been named a “Children’s Champion” by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.
An award ceremony will take place at the Bethel YMCA at 10:30 a.m. on July 28.
Sen. Boucher was one of 24 legislators selected for making Connecticut’s young children and their families a priority during the 2014 legislative session.The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide membership and advocacy organization committed to improving developmental outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security for children ages birth through eight.
“Young children and educational quality and access have always been top priorities in my public service work,” Sen. Boucher said. “A highly trained and educated Connecticut work force is vital in today's global economy. It is a real privilege to be engaged in the process of shaping public policy in this important area and to collaborate with early childhood advocates and my peers to create the most effective early childhood policies for our state. Research shows that investments in this age group will give us the greatest return on investment and help us close our achievement gap. I commend the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for its strong advocacy surrounding pre-school and early childhood education and promoting best practices in child development. I am truly honored to again be named a Children’s Champion.”
Sen. Boucher also received the Children’s Champion award from the Alliance in 2013, 2012 and 2009. She is currently the Senate Ranking Member of the state legislature’s Education Committee and Higher Education Committee.
* Sen. Boucher (www.senatorboucher.com) represents Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton.