Six things to watch for in 2018

Support S255/H1528 which sits with the Joint Committee on Education in addition to S240 -H2874.

Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

A guest blog by Chris Martes, president and CEO of Strategies for Children.

We’re keeping an eye on early education trends, and we think there are six important things to watch for in 2018.

• FY19 state budget advocacy

Will the Governor and the Legislature continue their support for the early childhood education workforce? We hope so. Massachusetts has made important progress.

• Dear Massachusetts Legislature: Please expand preschool.

Last year, the Senate Ways and Means committee included $15 million for expansion, but this allocation did not make it into the final budget.

We are continuing to advocate for a bill that would invest in expansion in a small but powerful way. “An Act ensuring high quality early education,” H.2874 filed by Representative Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) and S.240 filed by Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett) would award preschool expansion grants to high-needs communities…

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S255 “An Act relative to early education funding

It is important to read and support BILL S255 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S255

 

NOW is the time to begin to send comments, stories and testimony about the need for a dedicated funding source for early education and care, birth to age 5 to the MA Joint Committee on Education.

Please forward this email to your respective email lists with your own comments. Encourage your contacts to voice their support by contacting the Joint Committee (members’ emails below) through Representative Alice Peisch’ office who will share your email/comments with the other (following) committee members.

House Chair: Representative Alice Peisch: phone: 617-722-2070

24 Beacon St. 
Room 473G
Boston, MA, 02133

email: Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov 

 

NOW is the time to begin to send comments, stories and testimony about the need for a dedicated funding source for early education and care, birth to age 5 to the MA Joint Committee on Education.

Ready to Go: Worcester

How exciting and promising is this project! Worcester has such effective collaborators and working partnerships who “walk the walk”.

A series featuring communities that have a plan to expand preschool.

Literacy is a significant part of the Rainbow Child Development Center’s curriculum. Through partnerships like Edward Street Child Services’ Book Buddy program, children regularly receive books so that they can build their home libraries.

Worcester holds the triple distinction of being the second largest city in New England, a leading Gateway City, and the leading refugee resettlement community, welcoming 300-500 new families each year. All these factors drive this unique, richly diverse city.

Worcester also faces challenges. Each year, more than one-third of kindergarten students enter Worcester Public Schools with no formal preschool experience. In 2017, that percentage grew to 37 percent, or 751 students. A staggering 22 percent of Worcester’s population is below the poverty level compared to a state average of 15.6 percent, and among youth under age 18, 30 percent live in poverty.

These statistics mean that…

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