According to a new report that examines options available to lawmakers hoping to achieve universal pre-kindergarten, expanding affordable access to early education and care for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Massachusetts could cost as much as $1.5 billion.
From the State House News Service:
The MBPC [Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center] estimated that there were roughly 158,000 3- and 4-year-olds old living in Massachusetts in 2012, of which 52,000 receive public support to help fund their early education through the federally funded Head Start program, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s offerings, or subsidies through the Department of Early Education and Care for private services. The remaining 105,500 children are either not in a program or their families are paying full price for private schooling and care, according to the report, which also estimated that roughly 19,000 children living in families under 200 percent of the poverty line were getting no assistance.
Read the full article about the report in the Tewksbury Advocate.