April 6, 2022
It’s now clear to state legislators that Massachusetts’ childcare system, or lack thereof, isn’t working. Unaffordable for many families, it leaves children without high-quality learning and care, forces parents to forgo jobs and careers, and leaves businesses without staff. Early educators are severely underpaid, further destabilizing programs and undermining childhood development.
April 1, 2022
Executive Directors, Eve Gilmore (Edward Street) and Marybeth Campbell (Worcester Community Action Council) penned an article about the urgency of making high quality, affordable and accessible early education and care a reality for children and families across the Commonwealth. Now is the time...
Massachusetts New Early Education and Care Parent Fee Structure is Making a Difference, One Family at a Time. Here’s How
March 17, 2022
In February, Massachusetts put in place a new early education and care fee structure for families who have “subsidized slots” in licensed programs. They had good reason to do so, say local providers.
March 14, 2022
Education Committee co-chairs, Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Alice Peisch, released the final report of the Special Legislative Early Education and Care Economic Review Commission, which outlined short, mid and long-term steps necessary to stabilize the early education and care in...
February 8, 2022
When Chef John Lawrence of Peppers Artful Events isn’t preparing gourmet meals in the company’s Northborough kitchen, you might find him at Worcester’s Rainbow Child Development Center.
January 17, 2022
In 1967, in a speech at Atlanta’s Butler Street YMCA, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. encouraged the nation to continue fighting for equality.
December 9, 2021
The research is in. Effective care and learning in early childhood correlates directly to academic and professional success. It even leads to better health in adulthood.
November 30, 2021
Their voices were passionate. The facts and figures were alarming. Their determination to keep fighting was undeniable.
You Can Make a Difference for Your Community! Tell State Legislators Why Childcare Should Be a Universal Right, Before the Common Start Hearing on November 23rd
November 9, 2021
Early education and care centers are closing. The early education workforce, notoriously underpaid, is leaving in droves for other jobs. When centers do remain open, families with young children often can’t afford the cost of tuition.
Massachusetts Families Speak Out in Favor of the Common Start Bill – a Hearing is Set for November 23rd
October 27, 2021
Early education and care providers are the backbone of family life. They make it possible for families to work, knowing young children are safe, well-cared for, and on track for success in elementary school and beyond. Yet, the cost is out of reach for many families.