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Early Education is Important

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A child’s earliest years are absolutely critical for building the foundation needed for success in school, work, and life. High-quality early childhood education equips children with the knowledge and skills they need to do well in school, obtain higher-paying jobs, rely less on social programs, and contribute more to our nation’s economy.

IN MASSACHUSETTS

  • We were one of the first states to recognize the importance of early education. In 2005, the first independent, comprehensive department was established to focus on early childhood learning and care.
  • More than 50,000 children receive early education programming each year through state funding.
  • Limited funding and a freeze on child care subsidies for the last two years, has caused the waitlist to grow to nearly 43,000 children. Preschool seats are empty while children are left without affordable options.

To reduce the waitlist, Massachusetts must adequately fund the subsidy program. Governor Patrick’s $15M increase in the FY 2015 budget recognizes the need to fund early childhood education, more is needed to serve the 43,000 children denied access. Join us on March 7, at 10 a.m. at the Gardner Auditorium, State House. RSVP to Ranjini Govender.

Comments

What young children need is the security of growing in a trusting bond with the adults who love them, (preferably their parents) they need healthy food, clean air and the opportunity to explore and create. In time they need socialzation with their peers. What they don't need is institutionalized daycare disguised as "education".

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