Year in Impact: Universal Pre-K Initiative in Boston

In 2017, the City of Boston, in partnership with United Way and Barr Foundation, developed a plan to increase the number of seats in community-based pre-kindergarten programs.

Research shows that high-quality universal pre-kindergarten makes a difference in improving outcomes for children in critical areas of early learning. Pre-reading and math skills lead to future school success. Locally, results from evaluations of the Boston Public Schools K1 model and Boston K1DS, indicate that high-quality programs yield a measurable positive impact on children’s early learning.

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