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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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    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) has launched a multi-year Early Childhood Initiative designed to spur national debate about early education, provide information to the business community so it can advocate for policies that support high-quality early education, and develop an early education business network. “Global competition for […]

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  Strategies for Children has just published a new policy brief, “Local Governance for Early Childhood: Lessons from Leading States.” It contains some of the new knowledge that we’ve learned from our work with communities. What is local governance? Well, think of the K-12 system, which is organized around local school districts, with budgets, programming, […]

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  It’s time to start getting ready for Census 2020. The official Census 2020 day is April 1, 2020, a year away. But schools, elected officials, and community organizations are working hard today to make sure everyone is counted a year from now. An accurate Census count will mean that cities and states get the […]

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  Now that Election Day is over, the country has a new cohort of leaders — and new opportunities to make progress on early education. That’s the theme of a new report — “Early Childhood Agenda for Governors in 2019” — from the Center for American Progress. “With 20 new governors and 16 re-elected governors […]

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