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Common Sense Kids Action was on Beacon Hill last week encouraging lawmakers to make significant investments in early childhood education. Too many kids show up for school already behind, and too many will never catch up. Study after study -- and examples from other states -- show that pre-k is a key to dramatically raising third-grade reading levels, a major barometer for a child's future success in school and life. High-quality pre-k has been shown to have short- and long-term effects on kids' educational, health, social, and economic outcomes.
To show their support for Pre-K for MA, parents, community activists, and legislators gave compelling testimony on why this bill is an essential step in leveling the playing field for kids across Massachusetts. In a room full of supporters, parents shared their experiences, and all speakers called on the committee to recognize not only why pre-k is essential for all Massachusetts students but why this bill will give them the best shot at success in school and in life.
House Bill 462 and Senate Bill 267 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. A recent poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research found that 67 percent of voters surveyed strongly or somewhat favor spending to expand access to pre-k. The poll also found strong, widespread support for education, including a full 90 percent of voters who believe that pre-k is important.
If access to high-quality pre-k matters to you, sign up to become a Common Sense Kids Action advocate today.