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“We lead the nation in terms of reading proficiency by fourth graders. Forty-seven percent of our fourth graders are proficient readers. But that means 53 percent are not. And we can’t leave half of our children behind if we want to build a truly strong economy and a healthy society. So we still have a lot of work to do in Massachusetts, but we know how to do it, and we’ve made real progress here…

“There are reasons why we now rank first for overall child well-being. And a big part of that reason is that in Massachusetts we work together. Ordinary citizens, our extraordinary nonprofit community, businesses and labor, child advocates, and our government.”

Noah Berger, president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, at the release of the KIDS COUNT Data Book in Boston, July 22, 2014

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“Many in K-12 schooling want change and are scouring the learning landscape for thoughtful guidance. They might be surprised to find important lessons from an unexpected source: early-childhood education.”

Joan Wasser Gish, a member of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care, and Principal at Policy Progress, in her Education Week article “Four Lessons from Early Education”

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“Even in the face of the most significant economic and fiscal challenges in generations, we have shared an unshakable commitment to investing in education, from early education through higher education, recognizing that education is the foundation for opportunity and economic mobility.” 

Governor Deval Patrick, Letter to the Senate and House of Representatives, July 11, 2014

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“By giving more of our kids access to high-quality preschool and other early learning programs — and by helping parents get the tools they need to help their kids succeed — we can give those kids a better shot at the career they are capable of and the life that will make us all better off.

“This is one of my top priorities and I want to thank the growing coalition of researchers, nonprofits, and foundations who have made it one of theirs.”

President Barack Obama in a Too Small to Fail video posted on June 25, 2014

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“Reading with young children is a joyful way to build strong and healthy parent-child relationships and stimulate early language development… The benefits are so compelling that encouraging reading at check-ups has become an essential part of care.”

Dr. Pamela High, a pediatrician and professor at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, “Pediatricians Call For Parents To Read Aloud To Their Children Every Day,” The Huffington Post, June 24, 2014

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“Together, you’re an example of what’s possible when we stop just talking about giving young people opportunity, when we don’t just give lip service to helping you compete in the global economy and we actually start doing it. That’s what’s happening right here in Worcester.”

President Barack Obama speaking at Worcester Technical High School’s graduation ceremony, June 11, 2014

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“And what is striking to me is that in many of these communities it is often the business people who embrace early childhood as a priority well before the politicians do. This is an issue that is subverting a lot of the traditional left and right, democrat and republican divides.”

Paul Tough, author of “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character,” in the article “Business Leaders’ Summit on Early Childhood Education Meets in Missoula,” The Missoulian, May 28, 2014

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“The children who aren’t ready to learn when they begin elementary school are very likely to challenge our resources throughout their school years and potentially throughout their lives… We know that high-quality prekindergarten is far less expensive than remediation, retention, and special education later on.”

Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont signing a bill into a law that requires towns to provide at least 10 hours per week of high-quality education to all of Vermont’s 3- and 4-year-old children, May 28, 2014

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“There is nothing more morally important that I will do as Mayor in the next four years than creating a high-quality preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds in Seattle.”

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, from his proposal, “Seattle Preschool Program Action Plan: A blueprint for narrowing the opportunity and achievement gap,” May, 2014

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“Pre-kindergarten programs ensure that all students start kindergarten ready to learn… Rather than spend time on remediation in education, we are investing in our youngest students to lay the groundwork for their long-term success and the long-term prosperity of Boston.”

Mayor Marty Walsh, “Walsh hopes to double preschool enrollment by 2018,” The Boston Globe, May 6, 2014

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