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Local Officials React to the State’s Full-Day Kindergarten Funding Cuts

The Massachusetts FY17 state budget eliminates funding for full-day kindergarten grants, an important program that supports kindergarten quality and districts’ transition from half- to full-day programs. 570 more words


The UL Interview: John A Keith, Suffolk County Deed Register Candidate

John A Keith, a Boston realtor and real estate blogger, is running for Suffolk County Register of Deeds. The registry oversees and records the real estate transactions in the county, which is now only Boston, Winthrop, Revere and Chelsea. 454 more words

The Massachusetts Legislature Approves the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

The Legislature has approved a $39.1 billion budget for FY17, one that will have a mixed impact on high-quality early education. Governor Baker now has 10 days to review the budget and make potential vetoes before signing it into law. 366 more words


Paul Tucker -- Salem’s State Representative, Former Police Chief, and Law Professor -- Talks about Early Education

Each year for five years, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has run an Early Learning Fellows program: a dynamic effort that’s designed for emerging leaders – legislators and legislative staff members. 874 more words


Advocacy 101: 4 Ways Community Based Organizations Can Get Involved in Advocacy and Engage with Policymakers

For many community based organizations, involvement in public policy advocacy can be a daunting endeavor, meant only for policy wonks and experts who know all the physical and political in’s and out’s of state and local legislatures – not true! 868 more words

State Legislation

In Quotes: Massachusetts House Speaker on Early Education

“We’re so worried about kindergarten and up, but we’re really not setting forth the foundation for education… In talking it through, I found that we really weren’t paying enough attention to early education.” 21 more words


Early Education News Roundup from the Boston Globe

Preschool has gotten attention from the Boston Globe in the last few weeks. Three articles look at preschool’s impact on children, families, and the economy. 636 more words