July 19, 2017

EDC Briefs Mass. Lawmakers on Early Learning

Increased interest in early learning opens opportunities for improvement

EDC’s Diane Schilder and David Jacobson recently briefed Massachusetts lawmakers at the State House on the latest research and thinking regarding early learning.

Rep. Alice Peisch (D-Norfolk), chair of the Joint Committee on Education, hosted the July 13 briefing, which was also attended by Representatives Paul Schmid and Bill Driscoll and Massachusetts House and Senate staff.


Photo of Alice Peisch, Diane Schilder, and David Jacobson
Alice Peisch, Diane Schilder, and David Jacobson

Schilder and Jacobson discussed the ways in which early education and care have been improved in other states and school districts, and how states have supported alignment of early learning systems and worked to close achievement gaps.

“We have seen a real uptick in focus and interest in early learning,” said Schilder, whose work has informed education policy for more than 20 years. “We welcomed the opportunity to share our research and recommendations.”

In addition, Schilder spoke about using Quality Rating and Improvement Systems to better assess, improve, and communicate about the quality of early education and care. Jacobson presented an overview of a prenatal through grade 3 (“P–3”) aligned system, providing examples from other states and districts.

Learn more about EDC’s work and experience in early childhood development and learning.