notes from Amy
Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses.
At SFC this translates into: sometimes you have to stop and consider if all the policies we are advocating for are making a difference. Recently, we have had the opportunity to do that.
We travelled to Springfield for an event highlighting the federal Preschool Expansion Grant. It was inspiring to be in one building that brought together the public schools, community-based providers and Head Start all working toward the same goal – expanding access to high-quality early education for children in the community. We heard from Commissioner Weber, Mayor Sarno, Superintendent Warwick, several legislators, and local leaders about the importance of this collaboration and a shared commitment to making it work.
At the statewide meeting of the Birth—Grade Three Grantees, funded by the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, we heard from eleven communities and regions of the state about promising practices and lessons learned as they strengthened relationships and focused on a community wide birth—age eight agenda.
Many of the ideas we have discussed, debated and considered over the last 15 years were in motion—shared professional development, the transition to kindergarten, connecting early education to the early elementary grades, local leadership, the definition of “high-quality” and how to measure it, and the critical role of early educators and how to support them.
I have said it before, but it does feel like we are at a tipping point. The question is not IF we are going to focus on and invest in high-quality early education, the question is HOW.
We look forward to helping to make those “hows” a reality. The children and families in the Commonwealth are counting on us.
Thank you for your leadership.