Want to help keep early childhood education and third-grade reading proficiency high up on policymakers’ agendas? Save the date and attend these upcoming early childhood events: help create a new public policy action brief; and ask 2014’s gubernatorial candidates how their leadership will benefit children.
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Thursday, May 29, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA 02446
This event will be “an interactive strategic working session that builds on outcomes from previous Dialogues. Participants will work together to produce a new public policy action brief to be circulated widely among stakeholders in Massachusetts, including the new governor, legislature, funders and the statewide early education and care community. Plan to attend and collaborate to create the action agenda and move it forward for all young children in the commonwealth!” Click here to register.
The keynote speakers will be:
• Marie St. Fleur, President and CEO of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, and,
• Claire Higgins, Community Action Executive Director, serving Franklin, Hampshire, Western Hampden, and North Quabbin regions
The preliminary session topic list includes:
• Family Engagement in Early Education
• Including Infants and Toddlers in Early Education Spaces
• Supporting English Language Learners
• Successful Financing for Early Education
• Compensation for the Early Education Workforce, and,
• Universal pre-K access in Massachusetts
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Early Childhood and Education: Closing the Achievement and Opportunity Gaps – 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates Forum
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
UMass Boston Campus Center, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
To maintain Massachusetts’ status as a global leader in education, the next governor must close persistent achievement gaps. Sadly, as a decade of MCAS results reveal, reading ability has remained stagnant among school children. In 2013, 43 percent of third graders who took the MCAS could not read proficiently. Among low-income third graders, 65 percent were not proficient readers.
As a growing number of policymakers, business leaders, and opinion leaders across the political spectrum know, we can improve these outcomes by investing limited public resources in preschool programs, kindergarten, and the early grades.
Will the next governor of Massachusetts join this growing coalition of leaders who want to invest in children’s success? To find out, plan on attending the forum. It will be moderated by Alison King, political reporter from New England Cable News.
The following gubernatorial candidates have been invited to the forum:
• Joe Avellone (confirmed)
• Charlie Baker (not confirmed)
• Don Berwick (confirmed)
• Martha Coakley (confirmed)
• Evan Falchuk (confirmed)
• Steve Grossman (confirmed)
• Juliette Kayyem (not confirmed)
• Jeff McCormick (confirmed)
The forums sponsors are:
Primary Sponsors: Strategies for Children, UMASS Boston, Action for Boston Community Development, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Nurtury (formerly Associated Early Care and Education), Stand for Children, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Co-Sponsors: Alliance of YMCAs, Boston Children’s Museum, Catholic Charities, Boston, Horizons for Homeless Children, MA Association of Early Education and Care, MA Association for the Education of Young Children, Reach Out and Read, Wheelock College
Sponsors: Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House, Family Service of Greater Boston, Jumpstart, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, KIDS COUNT in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Head Start Association, Thrive in Five, Quinsigamond Community College
Organizations interested in co-sponsoring the forum should contact Amy O’Leary at (617) 330-7384.