Election Day – Tuesday, November 6 — is fast approaching, and we want to make sure that candidates include young children and families in their education agendas. On this last Friday before Election Day, I pose a wrap-up question:
A compelling body of research tells us that high-quality early education is one of the most cost-effective investments we can make in our children’s future, our state’s future and our nation’s future. Research also tells us that children’s ability to read proficiently by the end of third grade strongly predicts their chances of success in school and beyond. With the path to literacy beginning at birth, the two issues are inextricably linked. Will you put a stake in the ground and commit to investing the resources and supporting the policies that will ensure that children have access to high-quality early education and become proficient readers by the end of third grade?
For more questions, check out “Eight questions about young children to ask candidates” that I suggest in a post on MassMoms.com, on the (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette website.
Finally, vote on Tuesday, November 6. In Massachusetts, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Massachusetts voters, click here for the location of your polling place.
(The regular Friday “In Quotes” feature returns next week.)