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  Yesterday, more than 250 early educators, advocates, and parents came to the Massachusetts State House to meet and to ask their legislators to support early education and care. “This should be one of our top priorities,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said at the event. “What you do is of critical importance,” Representative Alice […]

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  Come to the State House for Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 13, 2019! Join early educators, advocates, and parents from across the state who will gather in the Great Hall in the Massachusetts State House. Last year’s Advocacy Day was great. This year’s should be even better. Confirmed speakers to date include: House Speaker […]

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  Yesterday, hundreds of early educators from across the state — many wearing green and snapping cell phone pictures – gathered for a rally at the State House steps for Advocacy Day. An upbeat band, featuring tuba and trombone players, wove through the crowd, filling Beacon Street with music.     “It really is about […]

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  This past Thursday was Advocacy Day at the State House, and hundreds of passionate early education supporters told their stories about educating young children to members of the state Legislature. Here are some of the event’s Tweets, quotes, and photos gathered from Twitter, the State House News Service, WWLP, and Advocacy Day participants. To learn […]

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  Early Education Advocacy Day at the State House  Thursday March 24 10 a.m. in the Gardner Auditorium   It’s a terrific time to meet with your legislators and tell them about the importance of early education and care. As the “Put Massachusetts Kids First” coalition explains on its website: “Massachusetts state Representatives and Senators […]

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“Tell your stories,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said yesterday to a standing-room-only crowd who gathered beneath the flags in the State House’s Great Hall for “Advocacy Day for Early Education and Care and School-Age Programs.” Carrying signs, pushing strollers, and wearing red — the color advocates were asked to wear for the day — close to 500 early educators and advocates listened to state legislators, advocates, an early […]

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Election Day Advocacy is Easy: Vote

It’s Election Day in Massachusetts, time to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries. Unfortunately, Secretary of State William Galvin is predicting a low voter turnout, according to the Boston Globe. “I would be happy to be wrong,” Galvin said at a State House press conference that the Globe covered. “But I am, at this […]

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  The Massachusetts state budget process is underway, so it’s time to advocate for early education and care. So far, Governor Charlie Baker has filed his FY20 budget proposal. The House has also debated and passed its budget. And while the House budget includes an important investment in early educator salaries, through a $20 million […]

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  Here’s an advocacy message from Amy O’Leary about the new legislative session. * Happy New Year! Are you ready to take action?  We need each and every voice delivering the same, clear message to our elected officials at the local, state, and national level. We need to prioritize young children and families and the […]

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  Full-day kindergarten – some children have access to it, but across the country many don’t. In fact, “less than third of all states even require full-day kindergarten,” Education Week reports, adding: “That’s one of the findings in a 50-state comparison guide to policies surrounding kindergarten through 3rd grade…” The guide was released by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Education […]

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