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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Boston Opportunity Agenda launched a series of conversations for organizations serving children from Birth to Eight years old in Boston. Exploring most recent available data regarding child outcomes in Boston, these conversations center around current efforts that address the needs of young children and potential collective impact efforts to support infants, toddlers, young children and families throughout the city.
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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