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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 marked the one year anniversary of the state of emergency in Massachusetts.

"There are still so many unknowns for families, educators, program directors, and state officials. What we know for sure is that safe, high-quality child care is essential to any reopening plan and economic recovery." Those words are from our May 18 email announcing Governor Baker's reopening plan, and they are just as true today almost one year later.

While there are still so many unknowns, one thing is certain our voices were heard all across Massachusetts and the nation. 

We are thrilled that Congress passed and President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. According to estimates, we expect Massachusetts to receive an additional $510 million for child care. This much needed relief is critical to stabilize our early education and care system. The MA Department of Early Education and Care will release a plan for these funds just as they did for the December stimulus funding

In more good news, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that starting March 11, 2021 early education providers are eligible to schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at any of the 170 public vaccination sites available on mass.gov/covidvaccine. In addition, there will be four dedicated educator days at mass vaccination sites: Saturday, March 27, Saturday, April 3, Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11. The state has posted answers to frequently asked questions by educators. 

We continue to be inspired by this dedicated and resilient workforce. Your commitment to the children and families of Massachusetts has set us on the path to recovery. We are grateful that you show up every day solving problems, building partnerships and providing high-quality learning experiences under incredible circumstances.

As last fiscal year came to a close, we saw a historic $165 million dollar increase in state funding for early education and care.

In January, new legislative sessions started in Massachusetts and in Congress.

In Massachusetts, The Common Start Coalition worked with legislative sponsors to file a new bill this session for affordable, universal child care. 

“An Act providing affordable and accessible high quality early education and care to promote child development and well-being and support the economy in the Commonwealth” was filed by lead sponsors Representative Ken Gordon and Representative Adrian Madaro in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (HD.1960) and by Senator Jason Lewis and Senator Susan Moran in the Massachusetts Senate (SD.1307).

Please join the Common Start Virtual Rally on Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30 PM! We'll be joined by our lead sponsors, hear from parents, providers, early educators, and business leaders on the importance of passing this legislation. 

Check out our latest blog posts on Eye on Early Education, review our state budget page, read about early education in the news, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you for your leadership and support.

Amy O’Leary
Titus DosRemedios
Marisa Fear

 

 
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