The research is clear: early nurturing, learning experiences and physical health from birth to age five greatly impacts success or failure in society1. In low-income neighborhoods, children start kindergarten 60% behind their peers from more affluent communities, leaving them woefully underprepared2. Nurtury is committed to providing high quality early education; because when you nurture a child, you nurture a community.
The Science of Early Childhood
Health in the earliest years lays the groundwork for healthy adulthood. When developing biological systems are strengthened by positive early experiences, children are more likely to thrive and grow up to be healthy, resilient adults. Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child provides a wealth of information on this topic.
Not only do children benefit from early education, but society does as well. Dr. James Heckman, Nobel Prize winning economist from the University of Chicago, has stated that the annual economic rate of return to society for early childhood investments is 10% per dollar invested. What comes out of these investments is a reduction in crime, promotion of schooling, and a more skilled workforce in the future (see the video here).
We strive to not only provide high quality early education for Greater Boston's low-income children, but to help further the field of early education.
Our most ambitious undertaking, a state-of-the-art Learning Lab, opens in May 2014. Nurtury Learning Lab in Bromley-Heath Public Housing Development, a $17.1 million project unlike any other in the nation, will incorporate the most creative thinking and evidence-based practices, with the long-term objective of it becoming a replicable, national model for delivering early education and comprehensive family services in an urban area. The Nurtury Learning Lab will anchor a campus of services for children and families that integrates early education, parent learning opportunities and support, and professional development training for Boston early educators.
In 1994, Associated Early Care and Education launched the Boston Early Education Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP) with a broad goal and mission to collaborate with members of the Boston early childhood community to systematically evaluate, set goals for, and improve upon the quality of early care and education programs in Boston.
Below are the most recent Boston EQUIP reports on the field of early education in Greater Boston:
- Boston Quality Inventory 2013
- An Early Educator's Dilemma: Balancing Educational Aspirations and Student Loan Debt 2011
- Boston Quality Inventory 2010
“As Senate Education Chair, I see again and again all the ways that early education provides the foundation for long-term life and academic success. We have to continue working together to support programs that promote literacy from a young age.”
Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz