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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Great work by PMKF – much more to be done!

We are excited that our Put MA Kids First coalition is gaining so much momentum – this recent blog entry on the intersection of educational achievement and income inequity (the much-publicized “advantage gap”) is one prime example. While reading, we were reminded us of this article on the Huffington Post, written last April. It covers a remarkable study which demonstrated physical differences between the brains of children from high- and low-income families, with disparity most evident at the lower end of the curve. One big takeaway:

“If we could somehow enrich the environments of particularly the poorer children, we might be able to change that trajectory to equalize it, to some extent.”
– Dr. Elizabeth Sowell, Director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

For our original blog post on the subject, click here.

MA Board of Early Education and Care: 12.8.15 Meeting

We would like to thank the MA Board of Early Education and Care for prioritizing the workforce in its FY17 budget recommendation. Many providers and educators provided powerful testimony on the current need to stabilize wages for the field. The Board’s advocacy for quality shows that our message was heard. For those who could not attend the meeting, below please find highlights: