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    NOVEMBER 2014
Governor-Elect Baker Builds his Team: Talk to them About Early Education and Care

It has been three weeks since Election Day and the transition is in full swing. We once again congratulate Governor-elect Charlie Baker, and look forward to working with him and his administration to help close the achievement gap through high-quality early education. Read our official post-election statement.

On January 8, 2015, Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito will be sworn in as the next governor and lieutenant governor of the commonwealth. To prepare, Baker has been assembling a transition team to review the state’s public policy needs. So it’s a great time for early educators, program leaders, advocates and parents to talk to this emerging mix of bi-partisan leaders about the importance of high-quality preschool programs and early literacy. Learn more.
Massachusetts one of 35 States Competing for Federal Preschool Grants

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 35 states and Puerto Rico are applying for federal Preschool Development Grants. The program will distribute $250 million in funding to “25 high-need communities in approximately 12-15 states.” This welcome announcement shows a sweeping national desire to invest in preschool programs that help children thrive. The goal of these grants is to help states build, develop, and expand “voluntary, high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities for children from low- and moderate-income families.” Awards will be announced on December 10 continued reading.


Before you hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, check out our Eye on Early Education blog for recent stories you may have missed.

Seattle Voters Choose a New Plan for Expanding Preschool, November 10

Commonwealth Celebrates 18th Annual Family Literacy Month, November 14

New Pathways in Higher Ed for Early Educators: A Conversation with Anne Douglass, November 6


Deval Patrick @MassGovernor · Nov 5
Congratulations to the Gov-elect and LG-elect. We stand ready to help with a smooth transition and wish you the best.

New America Ed @NewAmericaEd · Nov 18
We pay the least to the teachers we need the most.  #worthywages

Laura Bornfreund @LBornfreund · Nov 18
Jason Sachs: when you do high-quality instruction there is no dichotomy between care and education. #worthywages #earlyed

EarlyEducationForAll ‏@EarlyEd4All · Oct 3
Congrats to @MayorMorse and Supt. Paez for the #GCAwards2014 for the #Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative @MassINC @readingby3rd #leadership

Steve Bullock @GovernorBullock · Oct 22
@FederalReserve Chair Janet Yellen Speaks Out in Support of Early Childhood Education #EarlyEdgeMT @The_Yellen 



notes from Amy

Hello and thank you for all that you do for young children and families. Whether you are a parent, educator, community leader, policymaker, or business leader, we are all advocates working together for a better system of high-quality early education for the commonwealth’s children. This Thanksgiving, we are thankful to you, our loyal partners, readers, tweeters, and advocates.

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is almost here. January brings the inauguration of Governor Charlie Baker and the swearing in of new state legislators, as well as the start of the 2015-16 Legislative Session and Fiscal Year 2016 state budget negotiations. Eat all the stuffing you can this Thursday – you’re going to need those carbs for the many exciting advocacy opportunities we are planning for the months ahead. Thanks again for your leadership and continued support.



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The Early Education for All Campaign works to ensure that children in Massachusetts have access to high-quality early education and become proficient readers by the end of third grade. EEA is 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.