Foundation of Success

Public Event

Building a Foundation of Success:

Boston's Progress Toward Universal Pre-K


November 15, 2017

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation

75 Arlington Street, 3rd floor Boston, MA


As part of the Vision 2020 strategic plan, the Boston Foundation committed to exploring and supporting an early childhood strategy that will improve young children's readiness for success in school and life.  Throughout the coming year, a series of forums and convenings will be hosted by the Foundation to highlight opportunities and challenges in the early childhood space.

High-quality early childhood education can transform a child's ability to succeed in school and in life.  Please join us to learn about the progress the City of Boston has been making in its efforts to ensure universal access to high quality Pre-K experiences through public/private partnerships in neighborhoods across the city.  This important forum will also focus on plans for strengthening Pre-K opportunities for all of Boston's children going forward.  

Please join us for a forum and discussion on the importance of 
universal pre-kindergarten in Boston.


Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Opening Remarks

Turahn Dorsey, Chief of Education, City of Boston 

Presentation of Data 

Jason Sachs, Ph.D., Director of Early Childhood Education, Boston Public Schools

Panel Discussion

 Jocelyn Bowne, Director of Research & Preschool Expansion Grant Administration, 
Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care
Anne Douglass, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Program Director, Early Childhood Education & Care, 
University of Massachusetts Boston
Kelly Pellagrini, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Charlestown Nursery School
Sharon Scott Chandler, COO & Executive Vice President, Action for Boston 
Community Development (ABCD)

Panel Moderator 

Elizabeth Pauley, Senior Director, Education to Career, The Boston Foundation 

Closing Remarks 

Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation


For additional information or to register by phone or email,please contact Michelle Hinkle at