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“The critical importance of early education in a student’s performance later in school has been well-established in recent years…”

Berkshire Eagle Editorial Board, April 14, 2014

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“Research shows that high-quality early education has important short- and long-term impacts on young children’s educational, social and health outcomes. If Massachusetts is to remain ‘the education state’ and start to close achievement gaps, we must invest significant new resources in early education.

“The current system is built largely upon federal child care subsidies tied to parental work status, long waiting lists for such subsidies, high parent fees for those who do not qualify for aid, and low salaries for early educators. That combination is simply not sustainable – Massachusetts children, families and taxpayers deserve better.”

Carolyn Lyons, president and CEO of Strategies for Children, “Costing-Out Universal Pre-K Options for Massachusetts,” Eye on Early Education Blog, April 10, 2014

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“We can do better in preparing poor children for school and it can be done at considerable scale.”

Professor Richard Murnane, Harvard Graduate School of Education, in the WBUR story “With Preschool On The Agenda, Boston Attracts National Attention,” March 28, 2014


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“If children do not achieve a basic level of vocabulary, linguistic fluency and literacy as well as various social skills before they start school, their ability to unlock the potential that formal schooling offers is massively reduced. It is, therefore, vitally important that all children start school with the foundations in place and ready to learn. Over the next decade this will surely demand universal pre-K, with state funding for all 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income families.”

Sir Michael Barber and Simon Day, authors of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education report, “The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts for the Next 20 Years”, released on March 24, 2014

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“The field of early math teaching has evolved to provide many examples of research-based instruction that should please people who advocate play for young children… But effective (and playful) math, as well as effective literacy teaching, requires considerable skill – more than is needed to hand out ditto sheets. Teachers need to understand math themselves, and they need to know how to assess children’s understandings in different domains of math, and determine appropriate activities and scaffolding to bring them to the next level.”

Deborah Stipek, Stanford University professor of education, writing for “Preschool Matters…Today!,” a blog of NIEER (the National Institute for Early Education Research), March 18, 2014



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“If you ask a roomful of kindergarten teachers how soon they know which children are going to be in trouble, they’ll tell you they can tell you the answer to that question in the first day. And they know primarily because of two reasons: because of the language skills of the children and because of their behavior.”

Jessie Rasmussen, President of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, in the film “Ready for Kindergarten,” presented by Nebraska Loves Public Schools and the Sherwood Foundation

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“We know — and this is part of the reason why we’re here today — that education has to start at the earliest possible ages. So this budget expands access to the kind of high-quality preschool and other learning programs to give all of our children the same kinds of opportunities that those wonderful children that we just saw are getting right here at Powell.”

President Barack Obama explaining his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The White House Blog. March 4, 2014

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“Last year alone, 30 states increased funding for early childhood; and one state started a new state preschool program.”

Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear, speaking at the National Governors Association 2014 Winter Meeting, during a session on Innovation in Early Childhood Education, February 23, 2014

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“We’re not interested in glorified babysitting. This has to be about high-quality. And again state leadership here has ben pretty extraordinary. Just a couple of years ago, in 2009, only 17 states operated a quality rating system for preschool programs, 17. Today we’re at 35.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, speaking at the National Governors Association 2014 Winter Meeting, during a session on Innovation in Early Childhood Education, February 23, 2014

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“I am very concerned that, on many levels, we are failing our youth. We must do away with the archaic notion that education begins at four or five years old. For far too long, our society has undervalued the need for high-quality and widely accessible early childhood education.”

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) testifying at the Statehouse before the Vermont House and Senate education committees, February 19, 2014

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“The advice I give mothers is to have conversations with your babies… Children can hear lots of talk that goes over their head in terms of the meaning, and they still benefit from it.”

Erika Hoff, psychology professor at Florida Atlantic University, in “More Talking to Babies Helps Their Brains,” an Associated Press story in the Washington Post, February 13, 2014

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