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Investing in the state’s youngest citizens

There has been a lot of talk on Beacon Hill about the need to improve the state’s infrastructure in order to ensure that Massachusetts enjoys a prosperous future. Among the many initiatives laid out by Governor Patrick in his ambitious agenda is an investment in a sometimes overlooked but crucial key to the state’s future: early childhood education.

The governor’s budget proposes an increase of $131 million in additional funding for early childhood education and care. While modest in relation to other initiatives, this additional funding has the opportunity to impact nearly every household in the Commonwealth. It can strengthen families and play a critical role in accelerating steps our schools have taken to close the achievement gap.

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