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Will Boston’s New Mayor Help Early Education Efforts?

 

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Attendees at the Boston Children’s Museum education event.

Today, Boston will choose a new mayor but whoever is elected will have to step up their game plan if we want to see a change in early education. This has been a hot issue in family rooms and kitchen tables across the nation and now City Councilor John Connolly and State Representative Martin Walsh have been questioned on it too. President Obama has put out his “Preschool for All” campaign and more people are calling for support for this issue.

So why do neither Walsh nor Connolly have a specific plan?

On October 24, the Boston Children’s Museum hosted an event for the candidates to discuss early education and the achievement gap and their final debate also addressed education concerns.

  • Connolly did say he believes early education is extremely important and demonstrates his commitment by reading and talking with his young children often. He also said teaching parents how to enhance early education is important, but kept his answers vague.
  • Walsh also said he recognizes the benefits of preschool and early education and wants to allow more families to have access to daycare and help all parents, especially younger parents. During the final debate, Walsh said his goal for early education was for every child to have a spot in a classroom in the next four years and wants to close the achievement gap, but did not elaborate on his plans.

Earlier this year, the sequestration caused cuts to Head Start and 2,015 less students will be served in Massachusetts. Further budget cuts would only add to the problem as other child care costs continue to rise and thousands of children in the city remain absent from preschool, which is all the more reason to urge the new mayor to develop a plan that would help Boston children receive the education they need.

For the first time in a generation, Boston will have a new mayor. Much of their agenda will be determined in the next few months. Now is our chance to speak up about early education and encourage our new mayor to make the right decisions for our children.

By Communications Intern Lauren Cappelloni

photo source: United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

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