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“If Massachusetts is serious about closing the achievement gap and leveling the playing field by giving our least advantaged students the same chance to succeed in life as their better off counterparts, then it is time we commit to providing those students access to high-quality Pre-K.

“Too many children today show up for school already behind and many of them never catch up. The achievement gap stems in part from the dramatic disparity in how soon children are exposed to a wide vocabulary, other children, books and simple math. High-quality Pre-K has been shown to have short — and long-term impact on children’s educational, health, social and economic outcomes.”

Representative Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley), House chair of the Joint Education Committee, and Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), Senate Ways and Means Committee Vice Chair, in a South Coast Today opinion piece, April 15, 2015. Peisch and DiDomenico are co-sponsors of the bill, “An Act Ensuring High Quality Pre-Kindergarten Education”

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“Shaking hands and kissing babies. It’s the old stereotype of a political campaign. Now that several candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the 2016 presidential race, we can expect to see a lot more of both in the next 18 months. But this time around, we should expect candidates to do more than kiss the babies…”

“High-quality pre-K programs in Boston, New Jersey and Oklahoma have demonstrated the potential of early interventions to produce lasting changes in children’s outcomes. There is also increasing recognition of the strains that working families are under as they seek to balance work and family obligations and obtain adequate care for their children. These are all potential reasons for candidates to pay attention to early childhood education.”

“Don’t Just Kiss Babies, Promise Them an Education,” a U.S. News and World Report opinion piece by Sara Mead, a principal with Bellwether Education Partners, April 16, 2015

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“Here I was, an ‘expert’ in child care quality, who knows the nuances of the preschool system, who studies how other people should select a preschool, and yet I knowingly left my own baby in a mediocre-to-low-quality program. I felt the mix of guilt, fury and helplessness that parents everywhere have felt. I thought my knowledge and experience would somehow protect me from the consequences of an overburdened, under-regulated system. The reality, of course, is that an individual cannot create an affordable system of high-quality preschool on her own, even if she has a Ph.D.”

Katherine Glenn-Applegate, assistant professor of education and the director of the Early Childhood Program at Ohio Wesleyan University, in her New York Times Motherlode blog post, “If an Expert in Day Care Can’t Find a Good One, Can Anyone?” April 1, 2015

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“Who’s going to say they don’t support pre-school? No one is going to say they don’t support it. We should be saying, at what level do you support it? That’s the more important question.”

Massachusetts State Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett), at the Pre-K for MA Kickoff Event, March 31, 2015

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“Minnesota could be among the first states in the country to offer free, full-day early learning programs for every 4-year-old – that is, if a proposal from Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Senate becomes law this session.”

“Governor and Legislators: Send Every Child to Preschool,” a press release from the office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, March 20, 2015

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“We have already seen the tremendous successes of all-day kindergarten, which got underway just this year… But we have a lot more work to do to narrow Minnesota’s achievement gap, and provide excellent educations for every student in Minnesota. That work has to start now, and it must begin with our youngest learners.”

Governor Dayton, March 20, 2015

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In Quotes

“With so much discussion and debate going on about how to improve our nation’s schools, we must also be thinking of smart, proven ways to invest in children’s development that are more than just corrective steps. And nowhere can we make a smarter investment than in the earliest years – birth to age 5, before children enter the K-12 system – so that children are primed and ready to succeed the moment they set foot in a kindergarten classroom. Parents, business leaders and elected officials are galvanizing around the notion that investments in high-quality early childhood education are a proven means of setting children on the right academic and developmental path, and also a smart financial investment.”

“Early Childhood Education Is Critical for our Own Kids’ Future — and the Nation’s,” a Huffington Post blog by Kris Perry, executive director of the First Five Years Fund, March 18, 2015

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“Singing—much like rhyming—is a special form of language that improves children’s memory, and teaches them rhythm and melody. Brain research has shown that when children are sung to, both the left and right sides of their brains are activated, strengthening their neural connections. Singing can also teach children new vocabulary words.

“But children don’t get the same benefits from listening to a CD or musical video. According to Sally Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, the benefits to brain development occurs best when a parent or caregiver sings directly to, and with, a young child.”

“Even Singing Off Key Can Bring a Smile to Children’s Faces,” a blog post on the website Too Small to Fail, March 11, 2015

(And parents, don’t just sing to your child, think about how they can participate in the song.)

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