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Mayor Finch Focuses Bridgeport On Pre-K Access, Crime Reduction

Mayor Bill Finch was joined by city officials, community leaders, and young people from across the city at his announcement..
Mayor Bill Finch was joined by city officials, community leaders, and young people from across the city at his announcement.. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is working to increase pre-K access, and crack down on violence – specifically for young men of color – through involvement in a White House led initiative, My Brother’s Keeper.

This week, Finch made another important announcement on this front – the state’s largest city has received a grant to help cover the cost of a staffer to coordinate the effort. At the announcement event, Finch was joined by city officials, community leaders, and young people from across the city.

“As mayor, it’s my job is to make Bridgeport an even better city – a place where our kids and grandkids will choose to live, work, and raise their families, too,” said Finch.

“And, I’m proud to say that in Bridgeport, we’re on a path toward winning the future through programs like My Brother’s Keeper. We’re doing this by creating jobs, growing businesses, increasing access to high-quality pre-k programs for kids, and cracking down on crime. A lot has been done to make our city better. But much remains. That’s why we’re excited to be participating in the challenge – further ensuring that more of our kids are getting a good education early and that our streets are even safer for kids and families.”

Launched earlier this year, the My Brother’s Keeper initiative aims to ensure that all kids have an opportunity to succeed and are prepared to compete for 21st century jobs, according to the White House. In October 2014, Finch was joined by U.S Rep. Jim Himes and others to announce that the Park City was jumping into the My Brother’s Keeper challenge.

For the My Brother’s Keeper challenge, Bridgeport has chosen to focus on two key areas: ensuring kids are reading at the level they should be by third-grade, and making sure young people are safe from violent crime.

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