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Springfield Members Get a Taste of the Empowerment Zone


Last night Stand’s Springfield Members met with Massachusetts Preparatory Network Co-Founder Ryan Scallon to discuss the work they plan to accomplish in the year ahead. As part of the Empowerment Zone, Mass Prep will work with the Kennedy Middle School, which is one of the eight middle schools that has been designated as underperforming.

Moving Toward Better Early Education


Study after study has demonstrated the benefits of high-quality pre-k, as it is a crucial time for both physical and cognitive development in children.

Research shows that high-quality pre-k, particularly for disadvantaged children, can have a tremendous impact on school readiness and children’s future academic and economic success. Investing in pre-k produces wide-ranging benefits for children, families, schools, and society at large.

Elsa Flores, Stand’s 2015 Member of the Year


Congratulations to Elsa Flores a proud mother of two sons who attend the Otis Elementary School in East Boston and a dedicated Member Leader at Stand for Children Massachusetts. Elsa has been a staunch advocate not only for her sons’ education, but for the education of all children in Massachusetts.

Elsa’s dedication to Stand, and her wonderful volunteer work throughout 2014, was the driving force for her being named Stand for Children Massachusetts’ Member of the Year at the 2015 Member Summit.

2015 Member Summit Previews Goals, Celebrates Achievements


Stand for Children Massachusetts hosted the 2015 Member Summit on January 31, a particularly cold and blustery day in Roxbury. With the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club as the setting, members from across the Commonwealth joined together to learn about upcoming legislation, hear from an influential political leader, and celebrate their successes.

Principals feel positive about Common Core, PARCC, and teacher evaluations


This week, Stand for Children Massachusetts will release results of two important pieces of research centered on two major initiatives moving forward in school districts across the state: the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)/PARCC assessments and teacher evaluations. In a poll fielded by MassInc Polling group commissioned by Stand, principals revealed they feel positively about both CCSS and PARCC.

Chapter Updates From the Commonwealth


The New Year has kicked off in grand style for Stand for Children Massachusetts. In the run up to the 2015 Member Summit on January 31, Stand members and staff continue to push forward on a number of projects.

Massachusetts Earns Early Childhood Education Grant


Earlier today it was announced that Massachusetts is a recipient of a $15 million federal expansion grant. The grant will help to increase the availability of high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities, and serve as a model for expanding preschool to all 4-year-olds from low-income families.



The Thanksgiving season is a time to be grateful, to appreciate what we have and to spread goodwill towards others. This year, after stuffing ourselves with turkey on Thanksgiving Day, landing a door buster deal on that new LCD TV at 3 a.m. on Black Friday, and snagging sweet discounts at the best online stores on Cyber Monday, we’re challenging ourselves – and our community – to spend a day giving back on #GivingTuesday.

Stand Hosts “I’m In For Pre-K” Workshops Across Boston


Early education is vital to a child’s academic performance, setting the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Stand continues to push for increased access to early education programs, and over the past few weeks, Stand organizers have facilitated “I’m In For Pre-K” workshops and house parties across Boston.

Early education is worth investing in


On Tuesday, October 28, Stand for Children Massachusetts and community partners attended a Department of Early Education and Care meeting in Worcester. Stand members, Jenniffer Lara and Luz Bentacur delivered testimony on the importance of investing in early education.