Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Research demonstrates that more brain development occurs during a child’s first five years than at any other time in a child’s life; and

Whereas The Commonwealth has responded to this growing body of research by laying a strong foundation for a statewide system of high-quality early education and care; and  

Whereas A high-quality early education nurtures a child’s cognitive, social-emotional and physical development and helps build a solid foundation for future success; and

Whereas Investing in early education and other programs for young children has a lifetime impact on young learners in terms of greater academic readiness and educational attainment,  greater earnings, better health, reduced crime and reduced need for social services; and

Whereas The Obama administration recognized our progress by awarding Massachusetts a $50 million Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant; and

Whereas Massachusetts, in cooperation with the Department of Early Education and Care and its partners,  acknowledges the needs of young children and their families and recognizes the important contributions of the early childhood educators who meet those needs,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 22nd-28th, 2012, to be,

Brain Building in Progress Week

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this fifth day of April, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
               By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth        

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth    

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts