- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Harvard Graduate School of Education has been gifted $35 million - its largest single donation in history - to establish an early childhood education program.

The Boston Globe reports (https://bit.ly/1rTdEHu ) the gift, provided by the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, will be announced by the school on Wednesday. The foundation was named after the late Saul Zaentz, a famed independent music and film producer.

Dean James Ryan says the donation gives the Graduate School of Education the ability to face “some of the most important issues and challenges in early childhood education.”

University president Drew Faust says the new program will be based in Cambridge and will become a nationally known initiative.

A portion of the gift will fund the Harvard Early Learning Study, a five-year analysis on pre-K education.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com

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