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Jeff Gross is Director of the New Americans Integration Institute at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition. Dr. Gross joined MIRA in 2012 after a career that included many years as an instructor of college-level humanities and adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, more than a decade as a project manager and team leader in the voice recognition software industry, and as a public policy consultant on educational and economic development issues impacting Massachusetts’ immigrant communities.
At the New Americans Integration Institute, Dr. Gross’s work focuses on workforce development policy; improving access to early childhood education and care services for immigrant and dual-language-learner children; immigrant access to higher education, especially for those youth eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); and the accreditation of foreign-trained professionals.
He received his BA in linguistics from Yale University in 1977, a PhD in medieval literature and historical linguistics from Harvard University in 1991, and a master of public policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2012.
This report examines how refugee families in Massachusetts access early childhood education and care (ECEC) services for their children through the refugee resettlement system. It examines how working parents in refugee families navigate and make use of ECEC services and looks at the institutional and systemic challenges that refugee families face in accessing stable, high-quality ECEC options.