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Who We Are

Birth to Third LogoThe Vision of the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership is an easily accessed, aligned and coherent system of affordable high quality education and care that begins with prenatal care and extends through third grade.
 
To make this vision a reality, the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership serves as an information hub and quality improvement network for the City of Cambridge.

Sustained by Cambridge Public Schools and the Department of Human Services Programs, the partnership includes all elementary and early childhood educators, healthcare and public health professionals, family support and human service providers serving our community.

Timeline & Key Accomplishments 

2014

2015 - 2016 School Year

  • After a lengthy needs assessment process, the Early Childhood Task Force issued Recommendations for strengthening the mixed-delivery system.

2016 - 2017 School Year

2017 - 2018 School Year

2018 - 2019 School Year

  • The Partnership more than doubles the number of preschool scholarships, enrolling 54 high-needs children in high-quality preschools. A total of 15 preschool centers become eligible to receive these students.
  • Campaign to raise awareness about young children’s social-emotional development and mental health needs debuts 
  • Program Quality Improvement Initiative expands to include Family Childcares
  • Convene Home Visiting providers to develop guiding principles, identify common benchmarks for success, improve intra-agency communication, and strengthen referral patterns