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Study: Preschool expansion leads to gains for Massachusetts children

January 16, 2020

Massachusetts was one of 13 states in 2014 that received funds for expansion through the Preschool Development Grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Another five received initial development grants. According to a 2018 progress report on the program, the funding had contributed to an increase in children served from 34,000 in 2015 to 52,717 children in 2018.

Experts have been watching, however, whether state officials are developing and implementing plans to continue providing the same level of preschool access once the grant funds dry up.

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