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April 5, 2024
Recently, more than half of the 8,323 childcare providers in Massachusetts were told they'll receive less money than they originally expected from the state in May and June. This is due to adjustments to Commonwealth Cares for Children (C3) grant payments to remain within the state's budget...
February 20, 2024
"This is a shared priority, and as such all of us should be part of the solution. Building a quality early education and care system that is affordable and available is not only the right thing to do for our people but also for our economy. We need to address the labor issue in EEC not only for...
January 18, 2024
“Covid gave us a bit of a gift. We had to cooperate and operate outside of silos to figure out how support and success could be achieved. It gave us this whole new level of permission,” Kim Davenport, vice president of Initiatives & Aligned Programs at Edward Street, says. “The question became...
January 12, 2024
We previously profiled Project Flourish , a program developed by the Family Services of Central Massachusetts. The apprenticeship program, backed with fundraising and support from Edward Street, was designed to help current and aspiring educators accomplish their career goals, earn necessary...
December 27, 2023
Happy almost New Year! With the new year comes new opportunities and excitement for early education and care. We’ve compiled a list of things you should stay tuned for in the local community in 2024. Welcoming new educators and mentors to the field Project Flourish welcomed their 6th cohort of...
November 30, 2023
For 140 years, we have advocated for quality early education and care in the community. Looking back, three issues persist. In fact, they are almost the same. Why is it, 140 years later, that we are still fighting the same battles? Why don’t these problems have solutions? Our board members...
October 30, 2023
When it comes to finding solutions to childcare issues in our local community, the research has been done and the conversations have been had. Now, thanks to the Equity from the Start Forum and support from families and community leaders, research is being turned into action Dodi Swope, the Project...
October 5, 2023
Investment in early education and childcare is essential to the success of young children, as well as those who work in the field. Last month, the Massachusetts State Budget for the 2024 Fiscal Year was finalized, and included victories and funding for early education and childcare. The budget...
September 6, 2023
Sometimes when you get lemons…you make lemonade! That’s certainly the case with our 2023 Day of Play Family Festival, which is better than ever after being rescheduled! Day of Play was originally slated for June. Although we were rained out at the time, the great news is that we’re back and ready...
August 28, 2023
The history and mission of NAEYC The foundation for future success in a person’s life starts in early childhood with high quality education and childcare. There is a small window of opportunity to provide this life-changing care, and the guidance of high standards ensures that children get what...

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