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Kindergarten Program Expanded in Boston

The city is introducing ten new classrooms through a partnership with seven community organizations.

 

The city of Boston and Boston Public Schools have expanded Boston's kindergarten program through new funding and partnerships with several community organizations. 

Mayor Menino and Superintendent Carol R. Johnson announced this week that ten new kindergarten classes would be formed through funding from Boston Public Schools, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Merrimack Valley and the Barr Foundation. Two of the classrooms will be in the South End. 

“Providing our children a good and early start is so important to their success through high school and college,” Mayor Menino said. “We know this investment will result in high quality education for more of our youngest students, thanks to the work of our trusted community partners at the United Way.” 
 
Seven city organizations were selected for the grant funding. They are: Catholic Charities: Nazareth Child Care Center (Jamaica Plain); Dorchester Boy and Girls Club; East Boston YMCA; Ellis Memorial Early Education Center (South End); IBA: Escuelita Boriken (South End), N.I.C.E Inc. (Roxbury); and Wesley Child Care Center (Dorchester).   

Through the collaboration, the organizations will receive professional development training from BPS early education staff, along with professional coaching and the use of BPS curriculum. 
 
“Our goal is to provide every child in our city with the resources they need to succeed,” said Superintendent Johnson. “By making more early education opportunities available to the families of Boston, we are making great strides in achieving our goal.”
  
This expansion will eventually serve up to 200 students, mostly four-year olds. 
 

electtomdooley January 07, 2013 at 01:15 AM
The Catholic Charities; Nazareth Child Care Center (Jamaica Plain), Dorchester Boy and Girls Club, East Boston YMCA, Ellis Memorial Early Education Center (South End), IBA: Escuelita Boriken (South End), N.I.C.E Inc. (Roxbury) and Wesley Child Care Center (Dorchester) do not need "professional development training from BPS early education staff, along with professional coaching and the use of BPS curriculum" and if we taxpayers are making any financial contribution, let's just send them a check and leave them alone. Propaganda from the Menino administration is exactly what parents don't need, and nothing has changed to stop young couples from fleeing Boston once children are ready for the 1st Grade, unless they can afford private school. Busing costs $100 million per year, $18 million for Metco, school population is near 100% minority and our cost per pupil is circa $16,000. Does Menino think we should be grateful? It's OUR money, and they are now just screwing things up a little less than usual? For those that rent, this is where your money goes, landlords pay real estate taxes. Walk-zone schools, environmentally friendly, natural exercise on a regular basis, and develops a real sense of community, which reduces crime after a generation. Why don't they just send parents their own money in the form of vouchers and leave us alone?

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