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 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 Investments in young children and their early education have 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 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 The purpose of Brain Building in Progress Week is to add to this momentum by focusing public attention on the needs of young children and their families and by recognizing the early childhood educators who meet these needs,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 5th 12th, 2014, to be,


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 fourteenth day of March, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts