Last month, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) released its “Annual Legislative Report for 2013.”
Mandated by state law, the report is a useful and detailed resource for early education providers and advocates as well as legislators who want to know more about EEC’s goals and operations.
Created in 2005, EEC is the first “early education and care-focused department of its kind in the nation,” as the report explains. It combines parts of the former Department of Education (now the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) and parts of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
The report outlines EEC’s five strategic directions, which are:
- “Create and implement a system to improve and support quality statewide.”
- “Increase and promote family support, access and affordability.”
- “Create a workforce system that maintains worker diversity,” provides professional support, and produces strong outcomes for children.
- “Create and implement an external and internal communications strategy” that conveys the value of early education and care, and
- “Build the internal infrastructure” required to achieve this vision.