Early Education for All (EEA) is the advocacy campaign of Strategies for Children. EEA advocates in numerous ways to achieve SFC's core mission: to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs that prepare them for success in school and life.
To realize this vision, EEA seeks:
- Language-rich home environments.
- High-quality infant/toddler programs and services.
- High-quality preschool.
- High-quality full-day kindergarten.
- Birth-age 5 systems alignment and cohesion.
- Workforce supports and high-quality professional development.
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A look at EEA's history
Throughout its history, EEA has been a broad-based coalition of leaders from business, early childhood, labor, religion, health care, education and philanthropy, allied with parents, grassroots leaders and policymakers on behalf of children and families.
The campaign was launched in the summer of 2000 by SFC founder and child policy specialist Margaret Blood. EEA's goal was to address the pressing need
for high-quality early education in Massachusetts, informed by the findings
of the constituency building research project: Our
Youngest Children: Massachusetts Voters and Opinion Leaders Speak Out on
Their Care and Education, which
was developed by Margaret.
findings identified the public and political will for publicly-funded
early childhood education:
of the voters polled identify child care and early childhood education
as top priorities for Massachusetts.
government leaders-especially state legislative leaders-place child care
and early childhood education relatively high on their list of public
and opinion leaders are more willing to support government funding for
early childhood education if it is: child-focused; for ages three, four
and five; and identifiably connected to long term educational benefits.
- This public support is even more significant when evaluated
in the context of the current situation facing Massachusetts' young children
and their families, and the scientific
evidence promoting the importance of early childhood education.
- Within this context of environmental and market factors,
the Campaign is determined to make publicly-funded high-quality early
education available to all Massachusetts three, four, and five year olds
to help prepare them for success both in school
and in life.