Universal, Affordable Early Education Advocates Tout A Day Without Child Care in Jamaica Plain

In observance of national A Day Without Child Care, early educators, families, and advocates gathered at the Green Street MBTA station and the Johnson Playground across the street on May 9. As part of the day, hundreds of people across Massachusetts and the nation took action to demand change in the child care and early education sector. 
Neighborhood Villages Action Fund was on the ground supporting early education and care providers across the state as they, in solidarity with families and advocates, called for child care reform. 
In JP, the Action Fund engaged parents and child care providers in their I’m a Child Care Voter initiative, which encourages people to demonstrate their support for legislative change with elected leaders in the statehouse, in Congress, and in their communities. 
“Too many families struggle through days without child care and too many underpaid early educators struggle to balance their passion for education with maintaining financial security,” said Latoya Gayle, senior director of advocacy at the Neighborhood Villages Action Fund. “We were pleased to see an incredible outpouring of support from early educators, families, and advocates who joined us on Monday to advocate for child care reform. We will continue to fight every day to push for an overhaul of our child care system so it works better for everyone.”
Neighborhood Villages Action Fund is a Boston-based organization that is dedicated to fighting for state and federal legislation to create an equitable and affordable early education and care system that works for families, providers, and educators. The Action Fund works in partnership with the Common Start Coalition, which is backing the Common Start legislation in Massachusetts.

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Jamaica Plain Historical Society Neighborhood Walking Tours Begin May 14

Ever wonder about the history of Hyde Square, Green Street, or Stony Brook? Learn about those neighborhoods and other JP areas through the Jamaica Plain Historical Society's history walking tours series. This is 27th season of JPHS' historic walking tours. All tours are free to the public, and the series kicks of May 14 with a tour Monument Square. The tours are mostly on Saturdays at 11 am, although there are a few Sunday tours this summer.

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Learn About The Industrial History of Green Street on Jan. 23

How many times have you walked down Green Street in Jamaica Plain? What was on Green Street 100 years ago? What was on Green Street in further back than a century ago? Learn about the industrial history of Green Street during a Jamaica Plain Historical Society virtual presentation on Jan. 23.

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Hernández School Students Couldn’t Vote, So They Interviewed Who Could

The eighth grade students of the Rafael Hernández K-8 School were too young to vote on Election Day. Instead they got an Election Day education by hitting the polls to interview voters and learn about their views on the candidates and issues.  

The following article was written by the eighth graders of the Hernandez School:

Views from Green Street 
Eighth grade students from the Rafael Hernández K-8 in Egleston Square took a trip to the polls on the  morning of November 2nd, 2021, the day of Boston's  election. We went to the Bowditch polling station on Green Street to interview voters. 

The weather was sunny and crisp, and many voters came out with their dogs and children. Fourteen students (and their two teachers) stood in a line in front of the Bowditch building with clipboards. Some voters walked by, staring with a confused look, but we pushed out of our comfort zones to start conversations with these strangers.

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Jamaica Plain Historical Society Historic Walking Tours Start May 22

The 26th season of the free Jamaica Plain Historical Society neighborhood tours are kicking off May 22. The tours are a great way to learn more about Monument Square, the Woodbourne neighborhood, Jamaica Pond, and more. "I like helping people discover more about the history of the places they visit each day. People pass by the colonial milestones in JP zillions of times without knowing they are there and what they are," said JPHS President Gretchen Grozier. "But once someone takes a tour they learn more, and hopefully, are curious to continue learning more about the rich and wonderful history of Jamaica Plain."

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