Expanding Access to Early Childhood Education
Approximately 80% of three year-olds in Massachusetts are not enrolled in Head Start or pre-Kindergarten. Yet, children with quality early learning experiences are twice as likely to go to college and 40% less likely to repeat a grade or to need special education. For these reasons, among others, John has fought to improve and expand early childhood programs including helping to secure $2.1 billion, in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for Head Start and Early Head Start that will provide opportunities for an additional 124,000 children and create 50,000 new early education jobs. Of this funding, $1.7 million will go to the Lynn Economic Opportunity (LEO) Early Head Start program to help approximately 300 children and families on the North Shore.