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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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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is making the business case for high-quality early education. “… America is facing an unprecedented workforce crisis: a large and growing shortage of skilled workers,” the foundation says in a newly released report – “Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: The Business Case for High-Quality Childcare.” “From Wall Street […]

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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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  Early education is getting a lot of multimedia exposure. There are blogs and, increasingly, podcasts, including the Early Link Podcast, produced by the Children’s Institute, a nonprofit organization in Portland, Ore. The institute’s vision: “We imagine an Oregon where every child is prepared for success in school and in life.” Its mission: “Move research […]

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“What does it mean to be ready for kindergarten? To me it’s the basics of academics, getting ready for reading and math, but it’s also social, learning how to be around different kinds of people, and how to deal with conflict. Playing with other kids. Academics and social skills are equally important—that helps not just […]

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