Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #30
Order Adopted
Feb 10, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Department of Human Services and other relevant departments to determine the feasibility of both expanding the Head Start program hours and adding additional scholarships to improve access to high-quality, early childhood educational resources.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, SSSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone, Councillor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

In February 2014, former Cambridge City Manager Richard Rossi appointed an Early Childhood Task Force and charged it with developing a set of recommendations for how the City could better ensure that all children receive high quality early education and care, beginning with prenatal care and extending through third grade; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

For many Cambridge families, finding high quality, full-day, year-round, affordable early childhood services is difficult and presents considerable financial hardships; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

At the City Council and School Committee’s Joint Roundtable Meeting on Early Childhood on December 2, 2019, the key findings and recommendations from the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program Study Report were discussed; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This included discussing what ongoing support the City could provide to Cambridge families while the development process for a universal pre-kindergarten program remains underway; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The current, limited hours offered by the Cambridge Head Start program present a barrier to many Cambridge families who would otherwise wish to participate in its programs; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Fifty-four children in the city have received scholarships to high-quality preschools to-date; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to confer with the Department of Human Services and other relevant departments to determine the feasibility of both expanding the Head Start program hours and adding additional scholarships to improve access to high-quality, early childhood educational resources for children and families in Cambridge; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager report back to the City Council on this matter in time for consideration in the FY21 budget process.

 

Meeting History

Feb 10, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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BY AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF NINE MEMBERS

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED