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Boucher Honored with Children’s Champion Award

Senator Toni Boucher meets with a group of children

Senator Toni Boucher meets with a group of children during the award ceremony at the Bethel YMCA. They presented her with a gift showing their gratitude for her work on behalf of children.

 (Bethel, July 29) In a touching ceremony attended by friends, educators and bright-faced young children, State Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) received the “Children’s Champion” award on Monday from the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. The event was held at the YMCA Children’s Center in Bethel. The award recognizes Senator Boucher’s efforts to improve life in Connecticut for all children.

“I was truly honored to be recognized at today’s wonderful event,” said Senator Boucher. “Children are our future, and early childhood education and support programs are key to helping individuals reach their true potential throughout life. Over the years I have committed myself to initiating and supporting legislation that advances early childhood development, protects the health and wellbeing of young people, and promotes education at a young age. I thank the Early Childhood Alliance for all their work in support of our common goals and appreciate so deeply the award they have shared with me today.”

The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide membership and advocacy organization committed to improving outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security, for children ages birth to eight. The organization’s main goal is to ensure that all children in Connecticut will enter kindergarten healthy, eager to learn, and ready for school success.

Among those attending were Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker; Larry Craybas, Bethel Board of Education Chairman; Samantha Dynowski, Director of Advocacy and Outreach for the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, Jennifer Pane, YMCA Branch Director; Jill Crimi, YMCA Pre-School Director; Michele Burbage, YMCA School Age Director and Marie Miszewski, President/CEO Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut  Also in attendance were Senate Minority Leader and Republican Gubernatorial candidate John McKinney and Republican Lt. Governor candidate, David Walker.

This marks the fourth time that Senator Boucher has received the ‘Children’s Champion’ Award. As Ranking Member of the Senate Education and Higher Education Committees, she’s championed bi-partisan education reform bills including the enactment of early childhood education reform and reading intervention programs.