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A series featuring communities that have a plan to expand preschool.   In Pittsfield, we know how important early education is. Children who don’t get a strong start can’t read proficiently by third grade. In our city, 2017 MCAS data shows that only 44 percent of third graders are proficient in English and only 44 […]

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A series featuring communities that have a plan to expand preschool. Lawrence is one of five Massachusetts communities implementing the federal Preschool Expansion Grant. This high-quality model funds 10 preschool classrooms for 130 of Lawrence’s children. The community also has a three-year strategic plan for further preschool expansion. Beyond serving more children, the plan includes […]

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A series featuring communities that have a plan to expand preschool. Holyoke is one of five Massachusetts communities implementing the federal Preschool Expansion Grant. This high-quality model funds four preschool classrooms for 76 of Holyoke’s children. The city also has an ambitious preschool expansion plan: Holyoke wants to have a universal Pre-K program that would serve […]

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A series featuring communities that have a plan to expand preschool. Worcester holds the triple distinction of being the second largest city in New England, a leading Gateway City, and the leading refugee resettlement community, welcoming 300-500 new families each year. All these factors drive this unique, richly diverse city. Worcester also faces challenges. Each […]

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A series featuring communities that have a plan to expand preschool. Somerville serves only about 45 percent of the 4-year-olds who could potentially enroll in preschool. Our Preschool Expansion Strategic Planning Grant inspired us to develop a three-year plan that builds upon existing partnerships and adds 108 additional seats in a mixed-delivery system. To do this […]

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A series featuring communities that have a plan to expand preschool. There are 7,805 children under age 6 living in New Bedford. A young child raised in our city is more than twice as likely to live below the poverty line as an average Massachusetts child (38 percent versus 17 percent). If it were funded, […]

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  A guest blog by Chris Martes, president and CEO of Strategies for Children. We’re keeping an eye on early education trends, and we think there are six important things to watch for in 2018. • FY19 state budget advocacy Will the Governor and the Legislature continue their support for the early childhood education workforce? […]

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A guest post by Chris Martes, President and CEO of Strategies for Children Tuesday was a sunny June day, so you may have missed the State House hearing on a range of early education and care bills. Amy O’Leary and I — along with our colleagues from cities and towns and other organizations — testified […]

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Today, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education will hold a hearing for early education and care bills filed in the 2017-2018 session. Strategies for Children (SFC) urges the committee to report favorably on An Act Ensuring High-Quality Early Education H.2874 and S.240, lead sponsors: Representative Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) and Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett).   The problem: […]

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Too many preschool teachers are paid less than other teachers of young children. “…on average, a public pre-K teacher with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn around $12,000 less than a public kindergarten teacher with similar credentials, according to NIEER’s 2015 State of Preschool Yearbook,” a statistic NIEER (the National Institute for Early Education Research) […]

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