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June 1, 2023
“The system is so broken, it feels overwhelming,” said one parent. “Siento que nos falta mucha ayudar nos falta que se nos trate con igualdad,” said another. (I feel that we are lacking a lot of help, we are lacking equal treatment.) At forums organized by Equity from the Start, a joint effort of...
May 16, 2023
We’re turning 140 this year! In honor of our anniversary, we’re taking a look back — and forward. From daycare center to CAREing for young children and our entire community In 1883, there were no daycare facilities in Worcester. It was a hardship for parents and caregivers, including mothers in the...
May 9, 2023
When children, families, and our community partners gather for Edward Street’s 12th annual Day of Play Family Festival this summer, they’ll have plenty of opportunities for creative play. For good reason. A growing body of research is proving what early educators and parents have always known:...
April 26, 2023
The last day of the school year is fast approaching, but it won’t spell the end of learning and growth. Far from it. Summer vacation brings unique opportunities for new and favorite activities, time with family and friends (new and old), outdoor exploration, and more. Looking for stuff to do with...
April 19, 2023
Educators and staff at Central Massachusetts early education and care programs come to work every day on a mission to: Create learning environments that enhance learning skills, school readiness, and social-emotional development. Support their community by enabling parents and caregivers to work...
April 11, 2023
Ours is a diverse community and families have diverse childcare needs. Fortunately, Central Massachusetts parents can choose from an array of high-quality, developmentally appropriate childcare programs across two broad categories: Early education and care centers (EECs) Family childcare providers...
March 30, 2023
When adults give young children opportunities to think, experiment, and create, the results are always surprising—and empowering. Each year, Edward Street produces a children’s art show featuring the work of children enrolled in Worcester childcare centers. This year’s show, Where in the World is...
March 14, 2023
In 1852, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to provide statewide public schooling. The rest of the country followed. Since then, public school districts have grown into stronger and better-funded systems. In 2022, Massachusetts spent $18,471,917,000 on the education of children in...
March 1, 2023
You’ve seen the news. Staffing shortages are affecting businesses across the state and country. The struggle to hire workers is hurting their bottom line and consumer access to goods and services. Affordable childcare offers an immediate solution with long term benefits. It allows more parents to...
February 15, 2023
Something’s not right here. Massachusetts childcare workers play a vital role in family, community, and economic life. They ensure parents can work and help prepare young children for academic and professional careers. Nevertheless, early learning staff earn less than a living wage in the state, on...

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