Spending a morning with Senator Danté Bartolomeo at a new facility that educates 74 children from six months to five years in a curriculum based Education Center located in New Haven opened my eyes. Friends Center for Children is a non-profit, co-op based school. Their business structure is based on a sliding tuition fee that helps pay for lower income families, a few Head Start slots from the Connecticut State Dept. of Education, and private donations. Senator Bartolomeo didn’t need to be part of this as it is outside her district, but she represents all the children of Connecticut so not one hesitation did she give to go see a quality Early Education Center.
Both Senator Bartolomeo and Ms Schiavone also see that engaging the child’s family is a victory in the life of the child and understand the importance to bring them in as partners in the child's future and for the parents' future as well. Ninety percent of a child’s trauma is based within a family. Be it the loss of a job, home, food or abuse, our children see and take on the trauma and bring it to others. Our Early Childhood Teachers need to understand that and to be trained to recognize it. They also should have the support of a social worker to help them. How the state can help with this is an issue that has to find an answer. Today I saw two people, two servants to our future who can see it clearly, can find common ground to some real issues.
Today I feel better about our future. We have some very good people in place and it is up to us to support them.