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Pre-K Access Gaining Momentum in Massachusetts

Support for high-quality early education leads to short-term and long-term positive effects on kids.

Legislation that would expand access to pre-K continues to gain momentum in the Massachusetts State House.

The proposed legislation would provide a targeted, phased-in plan for state-funded pre-kindergarten in the mixed-provider system for 3- and 4-year-old children from underperforming school districts with traditionally poor third-grade reading proficiency levels.

Too many children show up for school already behind, and many of them will never catch up. High-quality early education has been shown to have short- and long-term impacts on children's educational, health, social, and economic outcomes.

Under the bill filed by Education Committee Co-chair Rep. Alice Peisch and Sen. Sal DiDomenico, underperforming districts will develop pre-K implementation programs that must be approved by the state's Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. School districts will have two years to fully implement pre-K programs in their communities. The bill allows districts to provide public pre-K classes and to work with high-quality private sector organizations to meet the needs of children and families in each community.

Common Sense Kids Action is a member of the Pre-K for MA coalition that includes Stand for Children Massachusetts, Strategies for Children, and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.

Please take a few seconds of your day and send your legislators an email letting them know that you want expanded high-quality pre-K in Massachusetts.

JR Starrett
JR oversees Let's Invest Large in Youth (LILY), a multi state program for Common Sense Kids Action. In this capacity JR works with a team of internal and external stakeholders to identify and introduce state based legislation that will positively impact kids. Prior to joining Common Sense, JR served as a seasoned political operative managing campaign efforts for some of the nation’s most competitive races. JR was recognized as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine in 2014. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Morgan. JR is a frequent contributor to Campaigns and Elections Magazine, contributing to the Campaign Insider column.