On Monday, I begin a new job as senior media relations specialist at the Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. As excited as I am about the opportunities ahead, I enter this next chapter with mixed emotions. I have enjoyed my 3½ years at Strategies for Children and have learned much from my amazing colleagues. In Massachusetts and around the country we are poised to make substantial new investments in young children. I would like to think that this blog has played a role in building informed support for high-quality early education and early literacy. Although my name appears on the posts, it has truly been a collaborative effort here at Strategies. This collaboration will continue with an excellent new writer.
I am thrilled that Alyssa Haywoode, a former Boston Globe colleague, will take over as chief blogger. As an editorial writer at the Globe from 1996-2008, Alyssa often wrote about early education and played a key role in building support for what then was the new idea of creating a statewide system of high-quality early education. I have left a few posts in the cupboard to ease the transition, so you might see my name on blog items for a while as Strategies hands over the reins to Alyssa.