notes from Amy
As we reflect on the past year, we have seen many changes, and more changes are sure to come. While we know that change in life is inevitable, our commitment to young children, families, and high-quality early education remains constant.
We are encouraged by the steady progress being made for high-quality early education here in Massachusetts.
The federal government just awarded our state its third year of Preschool Expansion Grant funding.
Thanks to this important federal initiative, five communities in Massachusetts are on the cutting edge of implementing high-quality pre-k. As MA Secretary of Education Jim Peyser notes, “Over the past year, these Pre-School Expansion Programs have begun to show that they are model programs which can help us continue to build high-quality early education programs across the Commonwealth.” We agree.
We are eager to share the stories of these programs and the 13-plus communities across Massachusetts that are planning and advocating for preschool expansion.
So, take some time to recharge, refresh and recommit to using your voice.
We will need to work together to send a clear message to our elected officials, to preserve the progress we have made together and to advocate for meaningful investments in young children, families, and the early education workforce.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season and new year.