Left to right: Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Nurtury President and CEO Wayne Ysaguirre, Massachusetts Budget and Policy President Noah Berger, and Governor Deval Patrick.
On July 22, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick held a press conference at the Nurtury Learning Lab to announce the results of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT data project with Massachusetts Budget and Policy. A tour of the Learning Lab with the Governor took place before the press conference.
The KIDS COUNT report ranks Massachusetts as #1 in the nation for overall child well-being, but systemic inequalities still exist.
“This report bears witness to the exciting strides our state has made in recent years in support of our young children. But when over half of our fourth graders are reading below proficiency, our work is far from done,” says Wayne Ysaguirre, Nurtury President and CEO. “Expanding access to high-quality early education is one way to ensure all children in the Commonwealth have the chance to succeed."
- We posted photos from the morning onto our facebook page.
- The governor’s office posted a YouTube video of his speech.
- The importance of the Nurtury Learning Lab was mentioned briefly in an article about the report in the Globe Metro section.
You can find the full data report here.