A December report and a monthly series of conversations have illustrated the major shortcomings of our child care system, impact of the pandemic on the sector, and potential strategies for rebuilding the system to better support children, families and workers.
As Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House, Rep. Katherine Clark is one of the most powerful leaders in the chamber, and one of its most passionate advocates for early education and wage equity. She talks with us about the need to treat child care as essential infrastructure.
The Chelsea 2021 initiative brought together donors, Chelsea residents, civic leaders and nonprofits in a series of monthly conversations and other connections designed to give Chelsea residents and leaders a stronger voice in the strategy and decision-making for $825,000 in grants.
With the sixteen artists of 2021 cohort, the Brother Thomas Fellows program has given more than $1 million in unrestricted funds to 72 artists from ceramics and other disciplines - made possible by the generosity and vision of Brother Thomas Bezanson, and a partnership between TBF and Pucker Gallery.
THE BOSTON FOUNDATION DIALOGUES
ON REPARATIONS, PART 1: UNDERSTANDING
February 17, 2022
Boston Foundation President and CEO M. Lee Pelton, University of Massachusetts Boston Africana Studies Department Chairman Jemadari Kamara, and King Boston Executive Director Imari Paris Jeffries, joined in this first of a four-part series to explore the history of the movement for reparations on both local and national levels.
MENTAL HEALTH, TRAUMA
AND HEALING IN OUR HIGH
January 29, 2022
As we approached two years since the start of the pandemic in Boston, a panel of teachers, staff and students discussed how Boston schools were faring in addressing the mental health burden on the entire school community.
BUILDING AAPI POWER: REPRESENTATION,
VOICE AND ADVOCACY IN AAPI COMMUNITIES
December 16, 2021
Leaders and activists reflected on the growth of the Asian American Pacific Islander population in Massachusetts—and what has kept that growth from being translated into greater political and civic power.
2021 ANNUAL MEETING: CLOSING
BOSTON’S EQUITY GAP
December 9, 2021
The pandemic kept it virtual, but hundreds of people joined the Boston Foundation for its 2021 Annual Meeting, the first under new President and CEO M. Lee Pelton. The focus: equity.
ON THE MOVE: CHILDREN’S PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN
SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAMS IN BOSTON
December 2, 2021
This forum looked at how COVID-19 affected ongoing efforts to improve physical activity in Boston Public Schools and recognized the innovative work from Greater Boston nonprofits to take physical activity into the virtual space.
MULTIRACIAL IN GREATER BOSTON
November 17, 2021
Researchers and panelists gathered to discuss Multiracial in Greater Boston: The Leading Edge of Demographic Change, a Boston Indicators report that explores trends in the growing multiracial population in Greater Boston. The data reveal that not only is racial diversity increasing in the aggregate, but a growing number of families are forming across racial and ethnic lines.
THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS
November 4, 2021
The First 1,000 Days Program is a novel intervention that works across early-life systems to prevent obesity, promote healthy routines and behaviors, and reduce health disparities among young children and their families. Dr. Elsie Taveras presented results from the First 1,000 Days assessment study, which suggest a scalable model of obesity prevention and sustainable health for families.