House Speaker DeLeo Visits Nurtury Learning Lab in Jamaica Plain

On Monday Massachusetts State House Speaker Robert DeLeo visited the Nurtury Learning Lab located in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain.

Left right: State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez,  D-Boston; VP of Development Jaye Smith; Board Member Bruce Blaisdell; President & CEO Wayne Ysaguirre; Infant/Toddler Teacher Dorothy Johnson; House Speaker Robert DeLeo; Program Director Byron Gardner; Preschool Teacher Tina Square.

“As the House advances its focus on high-quality early education and care, it’s essential to hear from educators and to meet the families participating in these programs,” said DeLeo. “We’re fortunate to have a national leader like Nurtury in our backyard and I’m thrilled to visit the program and learn from them. Today’s visit will inform the House’s work this coming session, especially with regards to supporting the workforce.”

“Nurtury provides a safe learning experience for nearly 1,000 children in the neighborhood,” said state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, D-Boston. “I’m excited for the speaker to come to Jamaica Plain and learn about the great programs Nurtury has to offer.”

Nurtury President & CEO Wayne Ysaguirre said, “Speaker DeLeo truly understands the important role early education and care plays in the economics of our state and in the educational and life outcomes of our residents. It is inspiring to work with a policy leader who not only takes the time to learn about the high return on investing in children’s early education, but is also compelled to make those investments. I am really excited and honored to have had Speaker DeLeo visit Nurtury’s Learning Lab today as it represents the opportunities we need to offer all our children.”

Nurtury Learning Lab, located at 33 Bickford St. in the Mildred C. Hailey Apartments, incorporates the most creative thinking and evidence-based practices, with the long-term objective of becoming a replicable, national model for delivering early education and comprehensive family services in an urban area.