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Strategies for Children has led efforts that resulted in the:

  • Allocation of $58 million in increased funding for early education and care line items in FY14-FY16 state budgets.
  • Massachusetts awarded $15 million federal Preschool Expansion Grant in December 2014.
    Enactment of An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency in 2012.
  • Creation of nation’s first statewide Third Grade Reading Proficiency Learning Network in 2012.
  • Creation of the policy foundation for Massachusetts’ $50 million federal Early Learning Challenge grant in December 2011.
  • Launch of a Quality Rating and Improvement System in FY11 which awarded $2.8 million in grants its first year.
  • Creation and cumulative funding of $78 million for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten grant program.
  • Creation and cumulative funding of $34 million for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program.
  • Enactment of An Act Relative to Early Education and Care in 2008, for creating universal pre-Kindergarten in statute.
  • Creation of the nation’s first consolidated Department of Early Education and Care in FY06.
  • Tripling of the percentage of children in full-day kindergarten since 2000 to 92% today.

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  • Winner of 2014 Excellence in Advocacy award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
  • Built a broad-based constituency on behalf of young children and families through a database of more than 10,000 supporters that includes grass-tops and grass-roots leaders in business, labor, policymaking, early childhood, K-12 education, higher education, philanthropy, health care and religion.
  • Provide technical assistance and public speaking. SFC staff members are sought-after speakers at state, regional and national meetings and guest lecturers at area universities. SFC has provided technical assistance to philanthropic and advocacy groups in more than 26 states. Its leaders have been invited to testify at legislative hearings in other states, including Connecticut and Michigan. Its work has generated interest from the National Governors Association, Education Commission of the States, National Conference of State Legislators and others.
  • Publish the nationally recognized Eye on Early Education blog.
  • Launched a new generation of leaders for children and families through a robust internship program whose graduates have secured positions of responsibility in such organizations as Associated Early Care and Education, Fight Crime invest in Kids, and the Ounce of Prevention Fund.


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