Reps. Rowe, Hwang Praise TECEC

Hwang has first-hand experience.

Taiwan-born State Rep. Tony Hwang credits learning the English language to the Head Start program in Syracuse, N.Y.

So he recently spent time at , attached to .

"I am where I am because of Head Start programs. It was an incredible opportunity to be able to learn and develop the skills [my sister and I] needed," Hwang told Matthew Wheeler, head of the center, calling the center a "gem."

"I'm just so impressed by your program," Hwang said.

It serves children through age 6 with a "50/50" model, or half with identified special needs and half without identified special needs. It serves Easton, Stratford, Bridgeport, Monroe and Trumbull, Wheeler said.

It offers special education, pre-kindergarten preparation, Head Start, English classes and nursery school. There are waiting lists, Wheeler added.

"It's a credit to you, the teachers, the parents, the community," said State Rep. T.R. Rowe, who also visited.

Wheeler explained that the center uses a team approach. Each child gets the help they need, from one-on-one for children with autism to physical therapy. The full-day Head Start program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and morning and afternoon preschool, in addition to its programs for special needs children.

"Every second, every child counts," Wheeler said.

trumbulite09 October 11, 2011 at 09:05 PM
It really is a special learning center. Not just the great learning atmosphere of the new building but the hard working teachers and aids throughout the school. So nice to see this article highlighting one of Trumbull's "gems".
Momof3 October 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM
I couldn't agree more- it's truly a special place. So much of my child's future success will be credited to the team at TECEC.


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