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We Can Do Better!

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My five-year-old daughter is what matters most to me, and like all Massachusetts parents, I want what is best for her. That includes her education, and quality Pre-K is a great first step.

Just like more than 17,000 other Massachusetts kids, my daughter was stuck on a waiting list before her number was picked for her Pre-K program. We can do better than to let 17,000 kids – most of whom will not get in – wait for the early education that they need to succeed.

Exciting News from the State House

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Great news, the Legislature has restored crucial funding to kindergarten programs and early education. This funding will have a positive impact on the lives of untold Massachusetts students.

Countless supporters spoke out in favor of restoring funding to our youngest students, funding that will shape their education and put them on the right track to succeed. Over $17.5 million in funding was restored to full-day kindergarten programs, and $500,000 was restored for other early education programs.

Seeing the Sights and Making a Difference

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Earlier this month, Stand for Children members from the East Boston and Roxbury/Dorchester teams joined Stand organizers for a Boston Resource Scavenger Hunt. The event was designed to learn about the multitude of wonderful education resources our city has to offer.

We need your help!

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Late last week Governor Baker vetoed two key pieces of the legislature's proposed FY16 state budget. These cuts will have a significant impact on the quality of early education that our students so desperately need.

We need your help. Please take one minute and CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS to urge them to restore $17,589,713 to protect critical kindergarten expansion funding and $500,000 for preschool partnerships.

Parents take a stand in support of PARCC

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Earlier this week the final public forum on the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC) was held by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. These forums were held at the request of Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito, to get feedback from members of the public and education experts on whether Massachusetts should sunset MCAS and adopt PARCC as the state test.

School's out...let's do something meaningful!

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Yesterday was the first day of summer vacation for Boston Public Schools (BPS). Instead of going to the local pool or library, I decided that my grandchildren, Anthony and Azzie, would spend the day with me and my fellow Stand for Children members from across Boston to canvass Boston Common as we collected ‘Voices of Support’ for the Pre-K for MA campaign.

Will you add your name to the Voices of Support? Join me and sign your name today.

Yes for UP Academy Springfield!

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“I was blown away with this experience, the teachers were engaging and the students were all participating and competing to give the teacher their answer.”

“I was very impressed with the orientation provided, and the fact that all the students who attended the previously underperforming school, were now attending UP Academy.”

View our members delivering testimony by clicking here.

Parents Stand UP for Their Children's Future

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The opportunity to interact with inspiring parents is one of the greatest benefit of my job at Stand for Children. The parents and families that I partner with, educate, and empower are a constant reminder of the wonderful work going on in our communities.

Quality Pre-K shines through in my classroom

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There are a lot of things I see every day as a third grade special education teacher. In my four years as a teacher, one of the biggest things I’ve noticed in my students is the huge impact that Pre-K programs can have on their education and development. These students are much better off than their peers who start school in kindergarten.

Will you join me and sign our pledge to expand access to quality Pre-K for the students in Massachusetts who need it most?

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