Massachusetts, according to Jason Williams of Stand for Children Massachusetts, is trailing other states in providing funds for low-income parents to enroll their children in early education programs like their middle- and upper-class counterparts.
From his guest opinion in the Fall River Herald News:
In Massachusetts right now more than 50,000 children receive early education programming each year through state funding, while an additional 43,000 children languish on early education waiting lists. This includes more than 770 children in Fall River alone. Every child on a waiting list has a parent who recognizes what studies have proved — their son or daughter will do better in school and in life if he or she can get a quality early education seat and a jumpstart on reading, math and social skills.
Governor Patrick is trying to reduce the waitlist. A line item allocating $15 million in early childhood funds would help up to 1,700 students get off the early education waitlist. So far, the House budget has committed $7.5 million to that line item, helping about 1,250 children. “That is only a start,” writes Williams.
Read the full piece in the Fall River Herald News.