Since Mayor Walsh took office, Boston has created 250 new seats at community-based organizations. These seats are funded by a federal Preschool Expansion Grant (PEG) that the City of Boston and BPS secured in 2015, in partnership with MA Early Education and Care. PEG funds high-quality seats in community-based organizations (CBOs) and serves as one of the templates for Boston’s Universal Pre-K system. This funding, as well as an earlier private/public partnership, will be used to provide the groundwork for an expansion of Pre-K seats in Boston through a mixed delivery system of BPS and community-based partners going forward.
Addressing the gap
Mayor Walsh has also filed early education finance legislation to close the “quality gap” in pre-kindergarten seats in Boston by investing in programs at BPS and in community based organizations. To dedicate $16.5 million to early education, this legislation would redirect the surplus amounts generated by two Convention Center Fund revenues that are produced exclusively in Boston.
BPS will continue to strengthen and expand programs, including full-day K1 classrooms for four-year-olds. More than 60% of BPS early childhood classrooms have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), affirming that these programs offer high-quality, state-of-the-art education to help get children off to successful starts.