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February 16, 2024
The "Gateway to Pre-K" agenda is designed to "fundamentally transform" early education in Massachusetts. But how exactly? At Edward Street, we're excited about Gateway to Pre-K — and today, we're breaking down the agenda and explaining what it means for parents and educators. What Is the Gateway to...
January 12, 2024
We previously profiled Project Flourish , a program developed by the Family Services of Central Massachusetts. The apprenticeship program, backed with fundraising and support from Edward Street, was designed to help current and aspiring educators accomplish their career goals, earn necessary...
January 4, 2024
Most of us – even kids – make new year’s resolutions! Here are some for 2024 that you can help young children keep! I want to make new friends! A child’s wish: This year, I want to make as many new friends as possible! I want to meet new people and for us to spend our days laughing, playing, and...
December 27, 2023
Happy almost New Year! With the new year comes new opportunities and excitement for early education and care. We’ve compiled a list of things you should stay tuned for in the local community in 2024. Welcoming new educators and mentors to the field Project Flourish welcomed their 6th cohort of...
December 11, 2023
Make learning fun and memories that will last forever over the holidays! We’ve curated a list of experiences and gifts that are fun and educational for kids ages two to six years old. After all, spending time together is the best part of the holiday season. Experiences you can share together at...
November 30, 2023
For 140 years, we have advocated for quality early education and care in the community. Looking back, three issues persist. In fact, they are almost the same. Why is it, 140 years later, that we are still fighting the same battles? Why don’t these problems have solutions? Our board members...
November 10, 2023
Early childcare educators and professionals shape the lives of our children and provide peace of mind so families can work. Their compensation is perpetually inadequate, but another economic issue looms - many lack access to retirement benefits. The reality is that without retirement benefits,...
October 30, 2023
When it comes to finding solutions to childcare issues in our local community, the research has been done and the conversations have been had. Now, thanks to the Equity from the Start Forum and support from families and community leaders, research is being turned into action Dodi Swope, the Project...
October 5, 2023
Investment in early education and childcare is essential to the success of young children, as well as those who work in the field. Last month, the Massachusetts State Budget for the 2024 Fiscal Year was finalized, and included victories and funding for early education and childcare. The budget...
October 3, 2023
After postponing the festival in June due to inclement weather, the 2023 Day of Play Family Festival took place on Saturday, September 16th – and it was a huge hit! Thousands of people attended this year’s festival, including Massachusetts State Senator, Robyn Kennedy! Not even a forecasted...

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