(First in a four-part series on the Common Start Legislation.)
Last week, a bill two years in the making was filed at the Massachusetts State Legislator. The Common Start Legislation calls for a 5-year pathway to universal early education and care (EEC) for children ages 0-5. It also creates universal after- and out-of-school-time for children ages 5-12.
The Common Start Legislation is the right thing to do for young children, but it also makes sense for families, businesses, and the state’s economy.
- It levels the playing field for all young children. There’s a clear link between research-based early education and care and k-12 academic performance, as well as financial success and health in adulthood.
- More parents and caregivers can enter into, or remain in, the workforce. Families shouldn’t have to choose between professional opportunities and childcare. In combination with a more equitable early education system, the Common Start Legislation helps address institutionalized poverty and racism long-term.
- There are commercial and economic benefits, too. Qualified staff can remain on the job, gaining skills and experience, and businesses have access to additional qualified workers, too. Lower unemployment may increase spending, improve quality of life and spur economic growth.
Massachusetts, we can do this—and the time is now! More people than ever now understand the importance of early childhood education and care. Let’s not let this opportunity pass us by! Visit commonstartma.org to learn more and take action.
Share your childcare story, as Angela did. “Please remember me,” she says. “Please remember all parents that need this.”
Agree with Angela? Voice your opinion today. Tell your elected officials why Massachusetts families need high-quality, affordable early education and care.
This is the first of a 4-part series on the Common Start Legislation, presented by Edward Street. Next up, why young children need universal, affordable childcare, and more ways to help. Never miss a blog post—follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.