On Tuesday, June 20, Chris Martes, Amy O’Leary and several other early education leaders and advocates testified in support of “An Act ensuring high quality early education,” H.2874 filed by Representative Alice Peisch and S.240 filed by Senator Sal DiDomenico.
The message? Local communities are ready for preschool. Boston, Cape Cod, Holyoke, Lawrence, New Bedford, Somerville, Worcester, and several others all have preschool expansion plans and strong partnerships with community stakeholders.
Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera was among those testifying in support of the bill, stating, “In many ways, Massachusetts is a leader within the world of public education, yet we still struggle to provide high-quality preschool, particularly for our neediest children and families.”
For more, read Chris Martes’ guest blog recapping the hearing, Strategies for Children’s official statement supporting the bill, and a July 16 editorial by the Cape Cod Times. Stay tuned for updates on the bill’s progress.