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Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

Photo: Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children

The blog is on vacation. We’ll be back on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Enjoy the final days of summer.

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Amy O’Leary with Danielle Scanlon, Erin Vickstrom, Susan Norquist, Kristen Kelley, and Kristy Walley


Earlier this week, students from Quinsigamond Community College’s (QCC) Leadership in Early Education and Care program testified before the Board of the Department of Early Education and Care.

Accompanied by Amy O’Leary, director of our Early Education for All Campaign, the students share their experiences in the leadership program.

As we blogged a few weeks ago, QCC’s program “trains ‘students who are already working in early childhood centers’ as directors, supervisors as well as students who aspire to be leaders.”

“The courses are paid for by the Educator and Provider Support Grant, which is funded by the Department of Early Education and Care.” And students who already have bachelor’s degrees can apply the 15 credits that they earn in this program toward a master’s degree in early childhood leadership at Worcester State University. (more…)

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GALA Winners

Tiffany Sheets, Sonia Gomez-Banrey, Marie St. Fleur, Flossy Calderon, Jennie Fitzkee, Abby Morales, Mary Lu Love, Melissa Russell, and Amy O’Leary


There was a happy crowd at last month’s annual Early Educators Gala — an evening of dinner, dancing, and awards that was emceed by our own Amy O’Leary, director of Strategies for Children’s Early Education for All Campaign.

“Early education and care is getting a lot of attention at the state and national level. We’re seeing new programs and more funding,” O’Leary said. “But at the heart of all we do are early educators who build nurturing relationships with young children. These relationships prepare children to be happy successful learners. It was an honor to help celebrate this work at the gala.”

“Early education professionals are the delivery system for the healthy development of young learners,” said Department of Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber, who attended the celebration. “The gala was an inspiring celebration of passion and practice, showcasing the tremendous contributions that early educators are making every day to children, families and the Commonwealth.” (more…)

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Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children

Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children

California has plenty of sunshine, beaches, and cable cars, but not enough children in preschool.

More than 33,000 4-year-olds from low-income families and some 137,000 3-year-olds “are not enrolled in any of the publicly-funded school readiness program for which they are eligible,” according to a new policy brief — Unmet Need for Preschool Services in California: Statewide and Local Analysis — from the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

“California is home to more young children than any other state in the nation, and we are missing an opportunity to reduce achievement gaps when they are best addressed – before children start kindergarten,” Deborah Kong, the president of the advocacy organization Early Edge California, said in a press release. “The high number of unserved children shows state policies and investments must catch up to their unmet needs. Policymakers should consider the children and families behind the statistics in this report, and increase investments in quality early education.” (more…)

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Laura Healy for Strategies for Children

Laura Healy for Strategies for Children


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 more search the hashtag #valueearlyeducators.


United Way Mass Bay @UnitedWayMABay
Today is
#earlyed Advocacy Day! We’re proud to support efforts of @EarlyEd4All @EllisMemorial & @NurturyBoston to ensure access & quality.


Early Education for All @EarlyEd4All
“The story is about you every day…changing the lives of young children” – @MADCAorg on the value of#earlyeducators #investinus


MA Fair Share @MAFairShare
“If we are serious about pay equity” we should pay those who lay a child’s foundation as much as those who lay a building’s foundation – Sonia Chang-Diaz quote


MA Fair Share @MAFairShare
@RepAlicePeisch “we need a high quality workforce … But you need to be compensated accordingly” (more…)

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Please join the

Boston Association for the Education of Young Children (BAEYC) for the

 15th Annual Early Educators Awards Gala

Friday, April 15, 2016

7 p.m.

6 Billings Street
Randolph, MA

Click here to Register

Please consider nominating an early childhood educator for the BAEYC Early Educator Awards. Nomination forms are available here and should be returned by Friday, March 25, 2016.

Tom Weber, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, is scheduled to attend. And the evening’s mistress of ceremonies will be Amy O’Learydirector of Strategies for Children’s Early Education for All Campaign

Some 200 early educators attended last year’s gala, and we’re looking forward to another great celebration this year.

Questions? Visit the BAEYC website, call (617) 522-0881, or email office@baeyc.org.

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Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children

Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children

Newly announced grants from the state of Massachusetts will help 13 cities and towns “develop strategic plans for providing high-quality preschool to more children in their community.”

The grant program — the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative — will invest $500,000 to help communities design “a collaborative, public-private partnership model for providing high-quality preschool that is aligned with Massachusetts’ Preschool Expansion Grant program.”

As Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber explains, the grants help communities build upon their existing programs.

The grant recipients are: Athol, Brockton, Cape Cod, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, North Adams, Pittsfield, Springfield, Somerville, and Worcester. The grant amounts range from $22,000 to $40,000. (more…)

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