Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will sign an executive order this morning creating the state\’s first agency devoted to young children.
The Office of Early Childhood will bring together programs scattered among other state agencies. It will have a budget of $127 million for the upcoming year. Although the new agency had broad support, legislators failed to act when it became entangled with another piece of legislation — Sunday deer hunting with a bow and arrow — that Republicans wanted and some liberal Democrats opposed.
Malloy will announce creation of the agency at a the School for Young Children at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.