Former Today co-host Jane Pauley has been back on the morning show with “Your Life Calling,” a monthly segment from AARP about reinvention after age 50. Pauley recently interviewed Boston’s own Mary Reed, the 71-year-old president of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, founded in 2002 to strengthen early education and care for children through research, policy development, communication, and advocacy,” with a focus on low-income families and the early childhood workforce. The piece (see below) traces Reed’s interest in the issue back to the nursery school her mother ran in their home.
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Check out this two-minute video from the First Five Years Fund, which “work[s] with policymakers, educators, and advocates to help America make efficient and effective investments in early childhood development that provide the greatest economic return for society.” The video is clever and to the point and does a great job of showing the cost-effectiveness of investing in high-quality early education. It’s good for children and good for the economy. “You can either pay a little now,” the video concludes, “or spend a fortune to fix problems that could have been prevented by early childhood education.”
A 30-second version is getting Jumbotron play in Times Square. That’s right. Times Square. (more…)