On December 10, federal officials announced that Massachusetts will receive significant funding to expand high quality preschool programs in five high-needs communities: Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield. Strategies for Children president Chris Martes applauded the Patrick Administration and the Department of Early Education and Care for its successful grant proposal. In a statement Martes added, “It is our hope that new federal funding serves as a catalyst for the commonwealth to invest additional state resources in high-quality pre-k. Several more communities could benefit from pre-k funding in the years ahead, and we will continue to advocate and support state and local leaders in order to reach this goal.” Read his full statement here.
The announcement came the day of the historic White House Summit on Early Education. Visit our blog for more information on the summit, including remarks by President Obama and EEC Commissioner Tom Weber.