State Senator Len Fasano Named 2009 Children’s Champion by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance

May 28, 2009

Hartford, CT – State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) today was named a 2009 Children’s Champion by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for his work on behalf of early childhood development both in Hartford and within the 34th District. Senator Fasano and a select group of legislators from across the state received the award at a ceremony at the State Capitol this morning.

“This award is a tremendous honor. To be in the company of so many exemplary legislators who also work to improve care for our children is a true privilege,” said Senator Fasano. “Providing quality education, healthcare and other social services to our youngest segment of the population must be one of our priorities.”

Senator Fasano has a strong history of child advocacy in the legislature and in the 34th District. One notable push this year was SB 53: An Act Concerning Instruction in Child Development and Parenting Skills in Schools. Senator Fasano proposed the bill at the start of the legislative session. The measure would have required instruction in child development, child safety and parenting skills in the high school health curriculum as well as in family and consumer sciences in middle school. The coursework would have included instruction on the needs of children from birth to age five. Under the bill, the instruction could have been provided in the classroom, online or through an accredited community parenting or child development course.

“Unfortunately, while this bill did not come to a full vote in the General Assembly, I am hopeful that legislation like it to enhance the education and care of our youngest will be brought forward in the future,” said Senator Fasano. “I am grateful for this award and look forward to continuing my partnership with the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance.”

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a cluster of individuals and organizations working for the improvement of early childhood education, health, safety and economic security for children aged five to eight. For more on the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, visit: