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ERIC Number: EJ898736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Boston's Rapid Expansion of Public School-Based Preschool: Promoting Quality, Lessons Learned
Sachs, Jason; Weiland, Christina
Young Children, v65 n5 p74-77 Sep 2010
In his 2005 State of the City address, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino directed the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to "provide all 4-year-olds in the city with full-day school within five years." There were several reasons for this commitment, including an emerging consensus that early childhood education makes a positive difference in long-term outcomes for children. Now, five years after the mayor's decision, 85 percent of the 85 BPS elementary schools have at least one preschool classroom. Research suggests that universal public school preschool programs are effective in improving child outcomes. But across the country, debate continues on whether to establish preschool programs in public schools rather than to strengthen existing community-based programs. There is one universal agreement--that regardless of the setting, quality matters for young children. This article shares some lessons learned in Boston over the last five years and presents empirical evidence of the factors that contribute to preschool classroom quality and young children's outcomes in urban public school settings. (Contains 2 resources.)
National Association for the Education of Young Children. 1313 L Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 22205-4101. Tel: 800-424-2460; Tel: 202-232-8777; Fax: 202-328-2649; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts