S2 Episode 1: Why is it so hard to create universal access to Pre-K in Cambridge?
Backyard Cambridge is back! In Season 2, we spend each episode taking a close looking an issue that's affecting the lives of the people living in Cambridge. First up is the topic of universal pre-Kindergarten. Specifically, what's holding back adoption of universal pre-K in the city? And why is it important that everyone, even Cantabrigians without children, care about this issue?
Check out www.backyardcambridge.com for additional resources related to this episode, including a place where you can comment on the episode, understand what your child's Pre-K options are, and learn more about how you can reach out to relevant city staffers and elected officials.
This is a complex issue, so if you'd like to learn more about the topic, here are some places to start:
"Early childhood education sees some gains as city aims to set approach with third study", Cambridge Day article by Jean Cummings
"Early childhood education in Cambridge: We can do it -- in fact, by September 2020", Cambridge Day op-ed by Emily Dexter and Jan Devereux
Information for Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Lottery (see the "lottery booklet" PDF link on the right side)
Cambridge Public Schools' "Schools at a Glance"
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