More than 120 early education professionals and experts have signed an open letter that urges state lawmakers to increase their investment in early education.
“As Massachusetts legislators consider the state budget and investments in early education, we would like to highlight the widespread agreement among experts and researchers in the field about the effectiveness of such investments,” the letter says.
It goes on to point out that while: “Quality early childhood education can reduce the achievement gap.”
And: “Investing in quality early childhood education pays off.”
It is also unfortunately true that: “There are a number of pressing problems that undermine early education in Massachusetts.”
Among those who have signed the letter are professionals and experts we’ve blogged about before, including Anne Douglass of the University of Massachusetts Boston; preschool teacher Teddy Kokoros; and Jack Shonkoff of Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child. (more…)