Press Release: Coalition Launch

Early Education and Out-of-School-Time Organizations Band Together As State Weighs Re-investment in Children

“Put MA Kids First” Forms Amid Heightened Attention to Early Learning

(Boston) — January 30, 2015 — A group of more than two-dozen early childhood education organizations and out-of-school programs have formed a new coalition to help shape public policy on a critical part of the state’s education system.

“Early education and care is not an option – it is an essential element of a successful education system,” said Marie St. Fleur, president and CEO of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children and the former Chair of the House Education Committee. “We need to strengthen early education and out-of-school time by investing in successful, high-quality programs, as well as developing a well-qualified and fairly compensated work force.”

The launch of “Put MA Kids First”, a Coalition to Promote Early Education and Out of School Time, comes amid heightened attention to the state’s commitment to early education and care and out-of-school time. Continue reading

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