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2024 State of Early Education and Care Report Release

The 2024 State of Early Education and Care Report, "Strengthening the Foundation: A Profile of Early Childhood Educators in Boston and Beyond," examines the findings of a statewide survey of early education and care providers across Massachusetts and shines a light on the needs of this critical workforce in Boston. These findings illuminate central areas within this vital sector, identifying trends, challenges, and opportunities that shape the experiences of educators and the early learning environments they create.

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(Re)Building Boston’s Early Education and Care Sector

Thank you for joining us for the release of the 2023 report from the Boston Opportunity Agenda and the Birth to Eight Collaborative, '(Re)Building Boston's Early Education and Care Sector: Supply, Affordability and Quality Needed.' This year's report examines the continued impact of COVID-19 and pandemic recovery investment on child care in Boston, analyzes changes in supply and demand, and considers the measurement of and access to quality child care.

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Success Boston Convening: Citywide Postsecondary Enrollment & Completion Trends & the Impact of Coaching

On March 23, we gathered for the release and discussion of two new research reports about the postsecondary enrollment and completion trends of Boston students. Following the research presentations, panelists representing the Boston Public Schools and local college access and success nonprofit organizations discussed the implications of the research as well as recent directions and developments in supporting Boston students on their postsecondary journey.

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Citywide College, Career & STEM Fair Flyer. Oct. 22 10AM- 1PM
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Citywide College, Career and STEM Fair

The fair was an opportunity for students to speak with representatives from colleges, universities, career and technical programs, discover opportunities in different STEM fields, access resources to assist with FAFSA completion, and get connected to coaching supports, career agencies and internship opportunities. 

Citywide College, Career and STEM Fair
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Boston Opportunity Agenda 10th Annual Report Card

The tenth annual report card takes a closer look at the impact of two years of pandemic on the achievement of students on key indicators from kindergarten through college and adult education. It finds mixed results for Boston's public and public charter school students, with some areas seeing much larger changes triggered by the pandemic than others.

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Changing the game
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A Shared Commitment to a New Equity Framework

Leaders from the city, the Boston Public Schools, higher education and workforce development gathered to make a commitment to equity in the effort to ensure at least 70 percent of Boston Public Schools graduates make it through their postsecondary programs.

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Opportunity Youth Collaborative Data for Impact

Can a focus on data improve outcomes for Opportunity Youth? Since 2019, the Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC) has been partnering with the Boston Public Schools and Bunker Hill Community College, the largest youth- and young adult-serving institutions in the city, to incorporate a more comprehensive data strategy into their work to address racial inequity in student experience and outcomes. At this forum, representatives of both institutions, as well as youth and young adult leaders who will share lessons learned from this work and goals for the future.

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Boston Opportunity Agenda: 9th Annual Report Card Release

The COVID pandemic provides us with an opportunity to reimagine education in Boston. Join us to explore data trends across our cradle to career outcomes in Boston and explore what data on student outcomes will be available in the near future to guide our recovery efforts. Attendees heard from community leaders about new ways that we can work together to advance equity and a just education ecosystem in Boston. 

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Boston Opportunity Agenda Newsletters

Read past issues: 

April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
December 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022

Please contact us if you are interested in earlier editions of the Boston Opportunity Agenda newsletter.

The Boston Opportunity Agenda in the News:

May 3, 2023, WBUR, Report: Boston's child care capacity remains below pre-pandemic levels 

May 2, 2023, GBH News, New report finds Boston falls short on meeting early childhood education needs 

March 3, 2023, The Boston Globe, OPINION: Investing in higher education is good for students — and the state

May 2, 2022, WCVB 5, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Massachusetts schools recommit to college completion goal for BPS grads

February 23, 2022, The Boston Globe, Mayor Wu announces new Office of Early Childhood aimed at streamlining child care process

November 4, 2021, Commonwealth Magazine, On schools, Boston’s new mayor must meet the moment

September 22, 2021, Boston Business Journal, How family childcare providers are fueling local economies and sustaining the labor market

September 9, 2021, Boston 25 News, Lack of availability and high cost of child care leaving many working women in tough predicament

August 5, 2021, Boston Globe, Child care is now a major political issue. Here’s how the Boston mayoral candidates want to reform it

July 23, 2021, Boston Globe, Child-care crisis deepened in Boston during pandemic, report says

July 23, 2021, WBUR, Report Details Crisis In Boston Early Childhood Programs, Suggests Interventions

June 3, 2021, The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, $1.6 Million Awarded to Support Scaling Evidence-based Pathways for Opportunity Youth

November 28, 2020, CommonWealth Magazine, State leaders must invest in child care

November 17, 2020, Boston Business Journal, Child care supply, affordability worsened by pandemic, new report says

November 17, 2020, The Boston Globe, The COVID-19 pandemic has further cut into Boston’s childcare shortage

March 1, 2019, The Boston Globe, Study urges curriculum shift to aid Boston students’ success in college

February 7, 2017, The Boston Globe, By the numbers

July 29, 2015, Bay State Banner, Mayor cuts ribbon on Connection Center

July 29, 2015, Bay State Banner, Education chief envisions high schools of the future

July 27, 2015, The Boston Globe, New resource center helps city youths make career connections

July 13, 2015, The Boston Globe, Editorial, A needed redesign for Boston schools

May 13, 2015, Bay State Banner, School officials soliciting ideas for high schools of the future

May 12, 2015, Learning Lab, WBUR, Mixed Feelings As Boston Sets Out To Redesign High Schools  

May 10, 2015, Boston Business Journal, Out of work and school, Boston's youth have new place to go for help

May 3, 2015, The Boston Globe, Boston invites public to reimagine high schools

January 20, 2015, The Boston Globe, Boston public school grads exceed charter-school peers: Graduates of Hub’s public schools exceed peers at charter schools

January 16, 2015, CommonWealth, Striving for urban school excellence: Boston leaders mark gains, big challenges remaining