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Dear friends,

We wanted to check in and share some updates. It seems like things are changing day by day, minute by minute. 

Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced new actions to support the ongoing COVID-19 response, including an emergency order extending the closure of all public and private schools, and all non-emergency childcare programs, until May 4 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. 

This order expands on previous orders issued on March 16 and March 18 suspending normal educational operations at schools and non-emergency child care programs until April 6, and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) established a process to approve Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs to serve vulnerable children and families of first responders and essential workers.

EEC has updated its website with FAQs, more information about Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs and specific information for child care providers, parents and guardians and early educators.

We know that many of you are worried about short- and long-term challenges.

Some of you have shared what you are thinking about including:

  • Will children lose development supports while they are at home?
  • How can providers can keep children and staff safe and healthy?
  • Should programs continue to charge private pay families?

We also heard that you are thinking about how families are doing without the structure of work and early education programs and if early educators, family child care providers and programs can survive the economic turmoil. You are concerned paying your own bills and you are worried about the health of family and friends.

You also wondered if policymakers will pay attention and take action on behalf of children, families, and early educators. Right now there are more questions than answers. But one thing we can tell you for sure is that there are people at the local, state and national level fighting for children, families, educators, providers and the early education and care system.

You can see the Op-Ed in the Boston Globe, The coronavirus puts child care sector in need of a bailout, written by Elizabeth Warren, Bruce Mann, Joseph Kennedy III, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, Katherine Clark, Ayanna Pressley, and Conan Harris. Excerpts appear on our blog

Congress is working on a $2 trillion deal with potential opportunities for early education and care. Stay tuned for more information and how it will impact Massachusetts. We will send an update when we know more about the deal.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY

We want to hear from you.

Let us know what help you need – no ask is too big or too small, we want to know. Hearing from you about the real life, day-to-day challenges will continue to help inform our advocacy and communication strategies and help us match up resources with needs.

Please share this email with your networks and encourage them to sign up for our email list. and Eye on Early Education blog

Thank you for all you are doing for children, families and for each other.

Keep in touch.

Amy and Titus

 

 
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