DeLeo pledges to renew efforts to support early education

House Speaker Robert DeLeo gave Boston business leaders a broad overview of where he wants to take the Legislature this year during a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce at the Seaport Hotel today.  In his speech, DeLeo pledged to renew efforts to support the state’s early education and care programs.  Below is an excerpt from his comments:

Few areas carry more potential to improve the future of our children than early education and care. Through years of meeting with advocates, experts and parents – whether as the chair of House Committee on Ways & Means, as Speaker or in my early days as a town selectman – I’ve come to understand the game-changing nature of EEC. Multiple studies reinforce promising findings: adults who participated in high-quality programs earn more, have better employment and educational prospects and are less likely to commit crimes.

Real financial constraints shouldn’t prevent us from thinking ahead and renewing the framework to improve our EEC programming. Members of the House recognized over a decade ago, as we do now, that promoting quality programs and services for our youngest children is the best way to ensure they are on track for success. Our accomplishments were recently recognized by the federal government which is awarding Massachusetts funds to expand high-quality Pre-K programs in five high-needs communities, including Boston. I look forward to the lessons we can learn from Boston, and I applaud the city for its efforts which have garnered international acclaim.

This directly affects the business community; nearly seventy percent of children under the age of 6 have parents in the labor force. Our system benefits your current and future employees. We will be bold in our ambition yet fiscally prudent, creating long-term plans to achieve our goals, to make Massachusetts a place where opportunity abounds.


For a full look at Speaker Deleo’s visit to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce,  read the Boston Globe’s coverage here:

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