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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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Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children

Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children

A letter from Massachusetts Fair Share and a statewide, bipartisan group of 136 city councilors, selectmen, and school board officials calls on Massachusetts to lead by investing more funds in early education.

“When it comes to early education, we’re falling behind,” the letter says. “While states like Oklahoma guarantee a year of public preschool for every child, Massachusetts state spending on early education and care has declined by 50% since 2001.”

On its website, Massachusetts Fair Share explains:

“Along with the 60 other groups in the Put MA Kids First coalition, we are calling for increased investments in early learning programs, anchored in a quality workforce. One of the top issues that the field of early education and care has identified is a dramatic drop in the number of early education programs, and alarmingly high turnover of the early educator workforce.” (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.

Tweets

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

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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

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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

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

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