Massachusetts has long been the nation’s leader in education, first to publicly fund education, first to provide universal public education 6 to 16, first to offer kindergarten. Massachusetts still gets top scores on the National Assessment of Education Progress, often called the “nation’s report card,” but that place at the top is far from assured. While other states have increased investment in early education, funding in Massachusetts has declined. International education leaders have moved even further ahead: South Korea recently mandated universal access to education from age 3, and China aims to provide 70% of its young children with three years of preschool by 2020.
Now, while the Massachusetts Legislature considers Governor Patrick’s bold proposal to dramatically increase young children’s access to high-quality early education, leaders from New Jersey travel to the State House on Wednesday to deliver a strong message. Early education works.