Strategies for Children, Inc.

Boston, MA   |  www.strategiesforchildren.org

Mission

Strategies for Children, Inc. (SFC) works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs that prepare them for success in school and life.

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Amy O'Leary

Main address

400 Atlantic Avenue

Boston, MA 02110 USA

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EIN

04-3551406

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Government and Public Administration (W20)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Early Education for All Campaign

The pioneering Early Education for All Campaign is a statewide coalition of leaders from diverse sectors - business, education, early childhood, labor, health care, philanthropy, religion - that works with parents, grassroots leaders and policymakers to ensure that Massachusetts children have access to high-quality early education. Its successes include creation of the nation's first Department of Early Education and Care and establishment of the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship.

Population(s) Served

Strategies for Children serves as a thought partner to local communities across the state working to improve their early learning systems. Local leaders are increasingly interested in supporting young children and families during their earliest years, and are creating plans for preschool expansion, kindergarten readiness, early literacy, and more. But most communities need outside help to bring their plans to life. Through local partnerships, our goal is to see improved outcomes and effective coordination. We help align local efforts with state policy and established research. Community readiness means: § Collaborative local leadership; § Coordinated local initiatives; § Integrated service delivery across the "mixed-provider system" of public schools and community-based early education and care programs; § Diverse stakeholder participation, and; § Broad public awareness.

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Awards

Excellence in Advocacy Award 2014

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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Charting impact

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Our mission: Strategies for Children (SFC) works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, from birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs that prepare them for success in school and life. Our vision is that by the year 2020, Massachusetts will stand out as a leader among states for its effective implementation of early learning systems that prepare its youngest citizens for success in school. Our bottom line results: An increased number of Massachusetts children (birth-5) who are enrolled in high quality early learning programs and who enter kindergarten ready to learn. We actively monitor progress towards this goal, through data on preschool enrollment and quality, and community readiness factors such as local initiatives and capacities. We track public investment in high-quality early education through the state budget. Along with partners in the early education field, our advocacy has led to five consecutive years of post-recession state budget increases for early education and care, $70 million since fiscal year 2013, but overall spending still lags behind pre-recession levels. Massachusetts must spend more, and wisely, to achieve true impact in the B-5 space, and an early learning foundation as strong as our nationally recognized K-12 system.

To achieve our vision, we... Develop and monitor policy for impact In partnership with practitioners and policymakers, we advance and monitor research-based public policies, with an emphasis on state policy, budget, and legislation. We advocate for smart, effective, and accountable investment of public and private funds, and serve as a resource on early education to elected officials and candidates for office. Build sustained awareness and support through intentional media/outreach Our earned media work has resulted in more than 150 positive editorials and has positioned us as a resource for the press. Our Eye on Early Education blog is one of few early education blogs with a significant national presence. We stimulate conversation on Twitter and Facebook to build a grassroots movement for children. Strengthen community delivery systems We serve as thought partners to local communities across the state, working to improve their early learning delivery systems in order to achieve improved outcomes and effective local coordination. We help align local efforts with state policy and established research. Inform and advance the national movement We help to lead and participate in multiple networks to advance policies at the federal level, learn best practices from other states, and bring new knowledge and resources to Massachusetts. In partnership with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, we advocate for increased federal early education funding. We are frequently asked to provide technical assistance and consulting services to advocacy and philanthropic groups in other states.

[Excerpts from five-year strategic framework created with Harvard's Community Action Partners in 2015:] Since its founding more than a decade ago, Strategies for Children has been a leader in policy and advocacy, focused on serving the needs of young children in the Commonwealth and sometimes beyond. Bringing significant economic, developmental, and policy research to the fore, SFC has been an effective voice for expanding educational opportunities for young children overall, and particularly for children of low-income families. Over the years that SFC has been advocating for universal access to high quality early education, it has been a force for forward progress. SFC has been a leader in advancing state policy and establishing an early education department. Helped by new developments in brain research, SFC has furthered the understanding of policymakers and the general public regarding the importance of early education. UNIQUE COMPETENCIES SFC is a catalyst for critical resource allocation, helping state policymakers and communities make smart choices to ensure that investments in early learning achieve high-leverage impact and lasting outcomes. SFC possesses unique attributes that will enable it to serve the Commonwealth effectively: -Expertise and relationships that span Massachusetts' early learning and K-12 educational systems; -Credibility both at the community level and in the state policy arena; -An ability to capitalize on the critical intersection between policy and practice; -Strategic partnerships locally and nationally which provide access to knowledge of best practices.

From FY09-FY17, Massachusetts went into recession and then recovery. The Department of Early Education and Care's budget fell from $570 million in FY09 to $488 in FY13, then slowly recovered up to $553 in FY17. Throughout this period, SFC and our Early Education for All campaign advocated for preserving, protecting, and investing in high-quality early education. Though our efforts, and those of many other allies, coalitions, and legislative champions, we have been largely successful in protecting early education from the harmful effects of the recession. But despite $70 million in state budget increases for early education since FY13, we are not yet back to pre-recession spending levels. As there were in 2009, there are still in post-recession 2017 significant new investments needed to grow the B-5 sector. Our challenge now in a slow growth, post-recession economy, is to keep making the case to policymakers that early education is a wise investment, and engaging them and others as champions in this cause. Despite the lack of substantial state revenue growth, Massachusetts needs to continue to prioritize this issue. Smart investments in the early years will pay for themselves over time as children succeed in school and life to a greater degree than they would have without any early childhood program supports.

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Strategies for Children, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/25/2022
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Board chair

Mr. Paul O'Brien

The O'Brien Group Inc.

Term: 2001 -

Paul O'Brien

The O'Brien Group Inc.

Kitt Sawitsky

Goulston & Storrs Counsellors at Law

Jill Dixon

Taly Foundation

Valerie Gumes

Retired educator, Founding Principal Haynes Early Education Center

Sally Fuller

Former director, Reading Success by 4th Grade, Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation

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