Mass. to Provide More Vouchers for Early Education


CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says his administration plans to issue more than 3,000 new vouchers that will enable the young children of low-income parents to receive early education services.

Patrick made the announcement on Tuesday during a visit to a Head Start program for pre-school aged children in Chelsea.

The governor says the new vouchers will move 3,200 children off a waiting list of about 43,000 for the state subsidies.

The Legislature approved $15 million in additional funding for early education in the state budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. But that was considerably less than the $131 million Patrick had sought, with the goal of eliminating the waitlist.

State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone says children with access to quality early education programs are better prepared when they begin elementary school.

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  • crime

    Is he talking about low income working parents,,or more non working welfare scum that just want to dump their kids for the day..we know where his votes come from…the same place obama got his…not from the working class…ii have three private daycares on my street,,99% of the parents dont work and never have…so why are the tax dollars paying for childcare…blunt wrappers everywhere…

  • quietly

    crime… You do realize that in order to get these vouchers there are work requirements? And even if there wasn’t, wouldn’t you want children to be better prepared for school? Or would you rather see them sitting home learning all of the behaviors that you seem to know their parents are indulge in? Or would you prefer that all the funding taking away, mind you the three neighbors you have may go out of business…

    p.s. the Governor is at his term limit