High-quality early childhood education is proven to dramatically improve a child’s opportunities for a better future—particularly children from low-income families. If we, as a nation, want to ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning, there must be strong support and partnerships from federal government to extend the reach or fill in the gaps of state efforts and innovation.
This fact sheet provides an abbreviated overview of state- and federally-funded early childhood opportunities in Massachusetts, which serve more than 200,000 children and families.
“I support an increase in targeted investment in early childhood education… we have to make sure when we make that investment we have kids going into schools where they continue to benefit from the gain that they received as a result of being in that program.” – Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA)
“Pre-kindergarten programs ensure that all students start kindergarten ready to learn… Rather than spend time on remediation in education, we are investing in our youngest students to lay the groundwork for their long-term success.” – Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston (D)