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    MAY 2019
Budget advocacy needed for early education, preschool expansion and workforce salaries

State budget season is in full swing. Last week, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its budget for fiscal year 2020. For early education and care, this budget falls short. Senators quickly filed amendments to the budget to increase investments in young children, families, and early educators. Contact your state senator now to support amendments for early education and care. Budget debate will begin on Monday, May 20.

Millions of dollars are at stake, including $20 million for early educator salaries, $10 million for preschool expansion grants, and more. For more information, visit our budget webpage.
Life after federal preschool grants? Massachusetts can invest in its children

Early education programs across Massachusetts have used federal Preschool Expansion Grants (PEG) to add more seats and serve more than 800 additional children annually. But now these programs – located in Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, and Springfield — face a tough question: What happens next year after their PEG grants run out?

Boston is taking proactive steps. Mayor Marty Walsh has announced a plan to invest $15 million over five years to ensure high-quality pre-K for all 4-year-olds in the city. In other communities, PEG grants have had a great deal of local success. The grants have supported some of the highest quality preschool classrooms in the state, but these classrooms risk closing in August without new state or local funding. Read more.

Check out our Eye on Early Education blog for recent stories you may have missed.

New America looks at early education’s workforce diversity, May 10

Addressing the gaps in children’s first 10 years, May 7

Nancy Pelosi visits Tufts to talk about early education, May 3

Researchers look at how Head Start aligns with elementary schools, April 30

Massachusetts has a new program for early educators, April 26

Springfield’s reading program finds a new home, April 23

A Boston Globe editorial points to Boston’s pre-K strengths, April 17

Is local governance the missing piece in Massachusetts’ early education puzzle?, April 16

Prof. James Heckman @heckmanequation  May 14
NEW RESEARCH—The Perry Preschoolers are all grown up and the impact their high-quality early childhood education had on their adult lives is groundbreaking. Learn about the multi-generation impact here: 

Tufts University @TuftsUniversity  May 3
House @SpeakerPelosi, @RepKClark, @RepPressley & @LoriTrahanMA are discussing policies aimed at increasing child care accessibility and affordability. Watch live on the @TischCollege Facebook page:  #SpeakerInTheHouse #ForThePeople

kim.lucas@kdlucas04  Apr 27
"We can stop pretending that child care is an individual family's problem--because it's not." - @laurenkennedyMA makes the case that child care touches all facets of our lives, making our lack of collective action a missed opportunity. #FutureOfChildcareChallenge @SparkBoston

BostonPublicSchools@BostonSchools  Apr 25
Spring has sprung! Lots of fun earlier today at the South End @BPLBoston celebrating #TalkReadPlayDay with @BostonSchools staff and some very energetic youngsters from @NurturyBoston & @EllisMemorial! Visit  for more info on this @Countdown2K program.

EarlyEducationForAll@EarlyEd4All  Apr 10
Thanks to @SomervilleCity Mayor @JoeCurtatone for hosting Week of the Young Child this morning at City Hall! What a great event. Go Somerville!! #WOYC19



notes from Amy

Save the Date: July 2 at the State House. That’s the day that the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education will hold a public hearing for bills relating to early education and care. There are over 5,000 bills filed at the State House for the 2-year legislative session. Each bill that is filed gets referred to a committee and then each committee plans public hearings. You can see all the bills referred to the Joint Committee on Education here.

These hearings are an opportuity for the public to show support or opposition for the bills. The hearing on July 2 is a chance for YOU to raise your voice in support of young children, families, and early educators.

Strategies for Children is supporting several bills, including bills for preschool expansion and affordable child care. You can see more information about the bills by clicking the links.

An Act Ensuring High-Quality PreKindergarten Education (S. 265, Lead Sponsor Senator DiDomenico)

An Act Relative to Grants for Hgh-Quality Early Education (H. 551, Lead Sponsor Joint Committee on Education Chairwoman Alice Peisch)

An Act Relative to Affordable and Accessilble High-Quality Early Education and Care (S. 288, Lead Sponsor Senator Friedman / H.470, Lead Sponsor Representative Ken Gordon)

We need you to take action! We are happy to help you with testimony and talking points. If you can’t make it to the State House on July 2, call to your legislators’ offices on that day. Or, email us your testimony and we will print it out and deliver it to the committee for you.

Your voice truly makes a difference. I have been advocating at the State House for many years and have cultivated strong relationships with legislators and staff. But most legislators would rather hear from you, their constituents.

Help them understand how critical these issues are to the children and families in your commuity. How does high-quality early education affect you? Your family? Your career?

Tell your story to your elected officials, put a real name and face to the issue, and help grow the movement for high-quality early education and care.


They are counting on us.


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Strategies for Children works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs that prepare them for success in school and life.