Showing posts with label early education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label early education. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

State News Roundup: health care costs; early childhood education; transit system electrification

What this report will mean for the Town budget remains to be seen. We heard last week (Joint Budget Subcommittee meeting) that the Town is expecting to get the new health care rates in a couple of weeks. Both Town and School budgets forecast an increase of 5-8 percent: 

"After years of ever-increasing spending on health care that left policymakers struggling to contain costs, Massachusetts finally found the key to lowering spending on health care: a global pandemic.  
Ironically, spending on health care declined by 2.4 percent in Massachusetts in 2020, an unprecedented drop that can be attributed to fewer people seeking care during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Monday by the Center for Health Information and Analysis."
Continue reading the article online

A logical extension of MA law to include early childhood education in the overall education system to bring about more equity is going to cost.

"MASSACHUSETTS’S EARLY CHILDHOOD education system is unaffordable and inaccessible to too many families, and it will cost an estimated $1.5 billion a year to improve it, according to a report released Monday by a special legislative commission looking at the economics of early education and care.  
The commission, led by Education Committee co-chairs Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Alice Peisch, calls for expanding the subsidies available to families while increasing financial support to childcare centers themselves and their workers. But it stops short of calling for universal public pre-kindergarten, as some activists have been calling for. "

Moving the public transit system to reduce the use of fossil fuels is timely and necessary:
"WARNING THAT the pace of electrification underway for the MBTA’s bus fleet is “too slow for the Legislature,” a top senator is newly forecasting that his chamber plans to make the transportation sector a focus in upcoming climate legislation.

Sen. Michael Barrett, who co-chairs the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee, told leaders of the Baker administration’s transportation secretariat on Friday that he expects a forthcoming Senate bill will make another pass at requiring the T to transition its bus network to full electrification by a specific date.  "
Continue reading the article online

State News Roundup: health care costs; early childhood education; transit system electrification
State News Roundup: health care costs; early childhood education; transit system electrification

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Tri-County RVTHS’ Early Education Program Excited to Welcome New Group of Children This Fall

Hands-on education is a critical part of vocational high schools and while the Tri-County Children’s Center continuing to operate during the pandemic is dependent on the Department of Public Health’s approval, we are hoping to welcome a new group of children at our center.

The Early Education Program prepares high school students for various careers working with young children. The ability to work directly with preschool children within the on-campus facility located in Tri-County Regional High School in Franklin at 147 Pond Street allows students to acquire skills and confidence in teaching.

Tri-County Children’s Center is led by three highly qualified teachers in the Tri-County Early Education Program and assisted by students in the Early Education Major. The Preschool sessions are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:50 to 11:20 a.m. for the three-day program. Class size is limited to 30 children and tuition is $36.00* per week (*subject to change).

Placement is limited to the residents of the 11 towns within the Tri-County District, Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham. Admission is decided through a random draw which will take place on Friday, March 4th, 2022. Names not selected in the drawing will be placed on a waiting list.

Due to the COIVD-19 Pandemic, registration and information sessions will be held virtually this year. Registration begins on Monday, January 24th. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, March 3, 2022. Registration is limited to children who are at least 3 years of age by September 15, 2022. Enrollment is limited to two years or part of two years for the preschool program, as long as the child is age eligible. 

For more information about Tri-County’s Preschool Registration, please visit https://tri-county.us/tri-county-childrens-center/  

 

Hands-on Learning is An Integral Part of Vocational High School
Hands-on Learning is An Integral Part of Vocational High School

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Lessons for Littles - June 6, 3:00 PM

Join Us for an Expert Panel Discussion on Racism for Parents of Young Children 

SUNDAY, JUNE 6  = 3:00–4:00 PM
Franklin Town Common & Virtual

How do you navigate conversations with your young children about topics such as race, diversity, inclusion and equity?

Join this free community event to learn from our panel of local experts when and how to have these important conversations with young children (0–8 years). Together, we can learn to raise kind, inclusive children who will know better and do better.

View & Share Event on Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/events/133800355442732

Attend in-person at the Franklin Town Common or virtually. 

For a reminder email and information on connecting to the event virtually, please fill out the form => https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScPl997Lsn75FOEUfnpeJnCUbH5xv4M-w7sk7NLrn_nyBsh8A/viewform

Presented by Franklin Area Moms and Franklin Area Against Racism.

Lessons for Littles - June 6, 3:00 PM
Lessons for Littles - June 6, 3:00 PM

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

“The pandemic really laid bare just how critical a role childcare plays"

 

"A COALITION OF early education advocates will introduce an ambitious proposal Tuesday to completely overhaul the state’s early education system. The legislation would provide universal, affordable early education in Massachusetts, turning childcare from a system that is now largely private pay to one that is primarily publicly funded. 

The plan would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and the coalition has not yet proposed how to pay for it. At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has shed a spotlight on the importance of childcare to the economy –– and the fragility of the existing childcare system – the plan, while unlikely to pass, could provide a foundation for broader discussions about how to make childcare more accessible. It is being introduced at the same time as new powerful coalitions – a business organization and a philanthropic group –– are beginning to focus intensely on how to improve early education."

Continue reading the article online
 

Monday, January 25, 2021

Tri-County RVTHS’ Early Education Program - Preschool and Toddler Registration - Begins Jan 25, 2021

Hands-on education is a critical part of vocational high schools and while the Children’s Center opening is dependent on the Department of Public Health’s approval, we are hoping to welcome a new group of children at our center. The Early Education Program prepares high school students for various careers working with young children. The ability to work directly with pre-school children within the on- campus facility located in Tri-County Regional High School in Franklin at 147 Pond Street allows students to acquire skills and confidence in teaching.

Tri-County’s Children’s Center is led by three highly qualified teachers in the Tri-County Early Education Program and assisted by students in the Early Education Major. The Preschool sessions are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:50 to 11:20 a.m. for the three-day program. Class size is limited to 30 children and tuition is $36.00* per week (*subject to change).

Placement is limited to the residents of the 11 towns within the Tri-County District, Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham. Admission is decided through a random draw which will take place on Friday, March 5th, 2021. Names not selected in the drawing will be placed on a waiting list.

Due to the COIVD-19 Pandemic, registration and information sessions will be held virtually this year. Registration begins on Monday, January 25th. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, March 4th, 2021. Registration is limited to children who are at least 3 years of age by September 15, 2021. Enrollment is limited to two years or part of two years for the preschool program, as long as the child is age eligible. For more information about Tri-County’s Preschool Registration, please visit www.tcchildrenscenter.com.

Preschool and Toddler Registration - Begins Jan 25, 2021
Preschool and Toddler Registration - Begins Jan 25, 2021


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Franklin Children's School Open House - Jan 25

Franklin Children's School announces registration for the 2020-2021 school year!!

Registration has begun and will run through January 31, 2020.

Franklin Children's School will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 for families interested in learning more about the school. FCS is located at 900 Chestnut Street in Franklin.

If you are interested in setting up a tour, would like an application or have any questions, please contact Executive Director, Kim Barrett at 508-528-9378 or email fcskids@verizon.net.

Franklin Children’s School was voted #1 choice for Franklin preschools in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Readers Choice Awards!!!

For more about the school, visit their web page  http://www.fcskids.com/

Franklin Children's School Open House - Jan 25
Franklin Children's School Open House - Jan 25

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tri-County Preschool Registration and Open House - Jan 30-31

Registration and Open House for the Tri-County Children’s Center preschool program for 2020– 2021 will be held on Thursday, January 30, from 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM and Friday, January 31, from 9 AM to 10:30 AM at the Tri-County Regional High School in Franklin at 147 Pond Street. Parents will be able to view the laboratory preschool while children engage in developmentally appropriate activities. For more information, please visit https://www.tri-county.us/tri-county-childrens-center/

Placement is limited to residents of the 11 towns within the Tri-County District, Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole and Wrentham. Admission is decided through a lottery system. Registration will be made open to other towns if spaces are not filled by residents within the district.

The random drawing to determine which of the children registered will be enrolled will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020. The number of children registered has traditionally far exceeded the number of spaces available so the random drawing was established. Those names not selected in the drawing are placed on a waiting list.

Birth certificates for children being registered must accompany all registration forms. Registration is limited to those children who are at least age 3 years by September 15, 2020 for the three-day program. A $25.00 non-refundable registration fee is due at registration time. Enrollment is limited to two years or part of two years for the preschool program, as long as the child is age eligible.

Preschool sessions are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. for the three-day program. Tuition is $36.00* per week. Class size is limited to 30 children.

Three teachers in the Tri-County Early Education Program supervise the programs, and are assisted by students in the Early Education Major.

*Subject to change

Download a copy of this info as a reminder:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczSDFZMlV5N0Q4Z3dEQzl6ZFFxZ2doaTdXVEFn/view?usp=sharing

Tri-County Preschool Registration and Open House - Jan 30-31
Tri-County Preschool Registration and Open House - Jan 30-31

Franklin ECDC New Student Open House! - Jan 17

Are you looking for a preschool program for your child?

Do you live in Franklin?

Is your child going to be 3 by August 31st and not yet eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2020?

Parents and children are invited to join us at F.X. O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) for a tour of the school, to meet our teaching team and learn about our wonderful preschool program!

If you are unable to attend the OPEN HOUSE, you can contact Laura Flanagan to schedule a tour: Email: flanaganla@franklinps.net Phone: 508-541-8166

Tours are held at 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM to preserve the confidentiality and safety of our current students.

Applications for the 20-21 school year are available on the ECDC Website (https://www.franklinps.net/ecdc) or directly at
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GjbC7NiV9SxSIHf3EDZbQB_LkAeNlH3o/view


Applications can also be picked up at the Franklin Superintendent’s office and at ECDC.

Download a copy of the Open House flyer
https://www.franklinps.net/sites/franklinmaps/files/uploads/ecdc_open_house_jan_2020_0.pdf

 
Franklin ECDC New Student Open House! - Jan 17
Franklin ECDC New Student Open House! - Jan 17

Sunday, September 29, 2019

MassBudget: FY 2020 budget provides education funding increase, includes some revenue










  MassBudget: FY 2020 budget provides education funding increase, includes some revenue     

September 27, 2019


FY 2020 budget provides education funding increase, includes some revenue
As lawmakers finalize the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget, here is a look at the key stories from this budget cycle. Throughout the FY 2020 budget debate, two questions rose to the top:
  • Will the FY 2020 budget adequately fix the state's outdated school funding formula?
  • Will the FY 2020 budget include adequate revenue to pay for important investments?
For K-12 school funding, the FY 2020 budget gets closer to what it actually takes to provide a high quality education to all Massachusetts students. However, it does not include a multi-year plan to update the education funding formula. In the coming weeks, the Legislature will debate a recently released multi-year plan to update the formula for our K-12 schools starting in FY 2021, which could increase state funding for schools by $1.5 billion in 7 years when fully implemented.
(For a detailed look at just the FY 2020 budget for school funding, see the K-12 Education section of the analysis.)
The FY 2020 budget does include some anticipated revenue from recently enacted policy changes and from expected growth of existing revenue sources. These tax and non-tax revenue sources are expected to deliver $504.4 million in additional revenue in FY 2020. A number of already-scheduled tax cuts and other revenue losses, however, will eliminate most of this half billion in anticipated and proposed gains (see the Revenue section of the report for details).
The big revenue story in the FY 2020 budget, however, came not from the revenue proposals in the budget itself, but from the surprisingly strong tax collections through FY 2019 and how these affected the FY 2020 budget. Collections in FY 2019 exceeded earlier projections by more than a billion dollars, which allowed lawmakers to boost the funding for many programs and services, while also adding to the state's Stabilization Fund. Yet there is a real question of whether these strong tax collections will continue into FY 2020 and beyond.
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Funding for early education and care in the FY 2020 budget
Funding for early education and care in the FY 2020 budget

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

State Representative Jeffrey Roy Hosts Tri-County Early Education Advocates at the State House

Tri-County County Early Education freshman and junior, along with their teachers, visited the Massachusetts State House. State Representative Jeffrey Roy, who represents Franklin and areas of Medway in the House of Representatives, led them on a tour during which he explained in detail the rich history of the State House.

As part of their tour students and teachers were led to a meeting room where they had the opportunity to discuss issues regarding early education and care in Massachusetts. Grade 11 students had reviewed budget proposals relevant to early education and care in Massachusetts some of which they discussed with Representative Roy. 

In addition, students who have participated in internships in elementary school classrooms expressed their concerns with the curricular expectations for children in kindergarten and first grade. This is a valuable opportunity for the students, who are teachers in training, to advocate for optimal early learning experiences for young children.

The tour ended in the House Chambers, where the group gathered around the rostrum for a photo with Representative Roy.

This is the seventh year that Early Education students have visited the State House to advocate for initiatives for early education and care in Massachusetts.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

State Representative Jeffrey Roy Hosts Tri-County Early Education Advocates
State Representative Jeffrey Roy Hosts Tri-County Early Education Advocates