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Backyard Cambridge, the podcast.

We created a podcast to make it easier to understand policy issues the city is dealing with. This month, we started with Universal Pre-K. Listen to it by clicking the "play" button below, or find it by searching "Backyard Cambridge" wherever you listen to podcasts. 

To check out Season 1 of Backyard Cambridge, click here.

Show Notes:

Backyard Cambridge is back! In Season 2, we spend each episode taking a close looking an issue that's affecting the lives of the people living in Cambridge. First up is the topic of universal pre-Kindergarten. Specifically, what's holding back adoption of universal pre-K in the city? And why is it important that everyone, even Cantabrigians without children, care about this issue?

Check out for additional resources related to this episode, including a place where you can comment on the episode, understand what your child's Pre-K options are, and learn more about how you can reach out to relevant city staffers and elected officials.

This is a complex issue, so if you'd like to learn more about the topic, here are some places to start:

FindItCambridge (especially useful if you're a parent and working to figure out your options)

Cambridge Public Schools' website

The Cambridge School Committee

Report by the Cambridge Early Childhood Task Force 

"Early childhood education sees some gains as city aims to set approach with third study", Cambridge Day article by Jean Cummings

"Early childhood education in Cambridge: We can do it -- in fact, by September 2020", Cambridge Day op-ed by Emily Dexter and Jan Devereux