One in every 45 children in the U.S. is homeless each year. The stress and trauma of homelessness is emotionally and cognitively damaging to young children. Homeless children are two times more likely to have learning disabilities and eight times more likely to be asked to repeat a grade.
High-quality early education can reduce the effects of stress and trauma and it is the most effective way to ensure future school and life success.
The Massachusetts State Senate has an opportunity to increase access to high-quality early education by funding crucial programs that support the healthy development of Massachusetts' most vulnerable children. We must act now. Please urge the Massachusetts Senate to take action and support subsidies for high-quality early education.
Early education is crucial. It provides workforce support for families across the Commonwealth and promotes the healthy development of young children. For every $1 we invest in early education this fiscal year, $10 are saved down the line. As you weigh in on the FY2014 budget, I urge you to advocate for investments in high-quality early education.
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Without a doubt early education works. Both the pressing need and body of research supporting its efficacy have grown in recent years, yet funding in the Commonwealth has been cut by 25%.
Specifically, I urge you to support the Income Eligible Child Care Account (3000-4060). These subsidies are a life line for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children and families. After the House’s review of the budget, this line item faces further cuts. Please support level funding or additional investment in this line item.
Children and families from our district can't wait for the next fiscal year.
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