Brain Building for Our Future
Why we must invest now
The next generation is the infrastructure that our future prosperity depends on. When we invest to build young brains, we invest in a brighter future for everyone in Massachusetts.
Despite leading the nation in many areas, Massachusetts needs to start investing earlier. Currently:
- 37% of Massachusetts third graders read below grade level, scoring below proficient on the 2010 MCAS. Among low-income children, 57% lag in reading. Research says that the majority children who struggle with reading in third grade will still be struggling in high school, substantially reducing their chances of graduating, attending college and contributing to the knowledge-based economy.
- More than 17,000 Massachusetts low income children are waiting for a subsidized childcare slot in licensed programs that foster healthy development.
- 75-80% of children and youth in need of mental health services do not receive them.
Massachusetts leads the nation in innovation and education. We have the research. We know what works. Now, let’s ensure that every child in our commonwealth starts off on a strong foundation for learning, school success and citizenship.
Learn what you can do to build brains in your own community and to become an advocate for young minds and Massachusetts’ future.
Society for Human Resource Management: Report on Meeting the Workforce Needs of the Future
Business Case for Early Childhood Investments (Report from PAES)
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