By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has announced what he says will be a multi-year initiative to improve the lives of children in Massachusetts.

Rosenberg named a group of nine senators Wednesday to look at everything from education and nutrition to public health, housing and workforce development for ways to help the state’s youngest residents.

The Amherst Democrat says the first phase of the initiative will focus on early childhood development from pre-natal through the fourth grade.

The group will be led by Sen. Sal DiDomenico, an Everett Democrat.

DiDomenico says the group hopes to have some recommendations by April.

Money for those proposals could be included in the Senate version of the state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The group’s first meeting is February 3.

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